Now for something completely different...
I've been enjoying this summer more than most.
Yes, summer and "enjoying" in the same sentence!
Look at me!
It may have had something to do with visiting L.A. Something there rubbed off on me. Perhaps it was receiving my yearly dosage of vitamin D within one week?
For some twisted self-masochistic reason, from time-to-time I enjoy looking at swimwear. I discovered Minimale Animale, a super-sexy L.A. based swimwear line with 90's style high-cut legs, chunky zippers an lots of mesh! Motivation to get back to the gym, perhaps? I'd say so.
It's tough to choose, but I think the "Jane Fonda" is my favourite 2-piece. It's also a stunner in white.
The "Christie Brinkley" is definitely my favourite one-piece, just look at that back view. The "Grace Jones" is actually 4 separate pieces, so you can detach and mix-and-match as you like.
The "Stephanie Seymour" suit has a banded look, and almost feels like an update to Milla Jovovich's white bandage suit in the movie Fifth Element (one of my favourites, btw)
Wearing one of these awesome swimsuits is not going to happen this summer, as over the past year and a half or so, my metabolism has given me a reality check.
I've decided to finally do something about it, and this month I am going to start doing yoga. That's right- I am posting my fitness intentions here as an effort to hold myself accountable! I'm going to try yoga for one month. And not just any yoga. Bikram yoga. Hot yoga. The type of yoga that my friend convinced me to try with her once before, and thought that I was going to die. To quote Rick Owens, I thought I was going to "die in a pool of my own vomit"
I was resistant to trying it again properly, on a regular basis, because yoga is such a "thing" here in Vancouver. If you're from Vancouver, I don't even have to explain. I didn't want to be one of "those girls", those "yoga girls" mincing around in Lululemon on their way to "yoga class". I'm going to be covert about it- it's going to be a secret. I'm not going to wear my "yoga clothes" on the way to class. I may even try classes of night, so I can return home under cover of darkness. For my 1 month of yoga I may even use/rent a mat at the studio, so I needn't advertise my activities to the public as I carry it to and from class.
And I certainly won't be wearing my yoga clothes out in public, pretending that they are real clothes, like a large percentage of the population here. Men love it- have you seen your own ass in a pair of tight-fitting yoga pants? Everyone's ass looks great in those pants, but I'm screaming in my head "those are not real clothes!! When did this become socially acceptable!!"
Basically, my plans are to try something new each month and see what kind of class or gym I want to continue with long-term. I'm going to start with Bikram yoga, and then in no particular order I'd like to try: boxing, Barre (ballet barre workouts), Crossfit, pilates, a Boot camp or two, personal training and the good-ole community gym.
Like any new activity, the fun part is looking at new clothing, so expect a few fitness-apparel related posts coming up.
Also, if you have any experiences with the workouts I've listed above, or could suggest anything else you think I should try, I'm all ears!