Sunday, August 5, 2012

The summer bug

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.

minimale animale 1
It's tough to choose, but I think the "Jane Fonda" is my favourite 2-piece. It's also a stunner in white.
minimale animale 2
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.
minimale animale 3
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!


leilani.e said...

You're from Vancouver! I always thought you were from some brilliant European city (Antwerp, maybe? I don't do close reading on blogs, obviously, sadly.) It's inspiring in an odd way to know you're Canadian too, I've been reading for a while from here in Halifax but I don't think I've ever commented.

So, hello!, and yes, I know exactly what you mean about the stupid yoga pants. We have the only Lululemon store east of Montréal and the flocks of people that come here for it drive me mad.

No advice on bikram; I used to do it but when I last tried to get back into it I blacked out halfway through, so I'll be learning to surf instead. Maybe take a ballet class too, I love those and have heard excellent things about Barre. I'm really looking forward to your take on fitness gear.

Melissa @ Miso Crafty Knits said...

I won't lie, I specifically like the Stephanie Seymour because the first thought that came to my mind - Fifth Element. I love that movie too!

I have to admit, I laughed uncontrollably while reading this post. I can see you being as stealth as possible in your mission to get fit. Victoria is just like Vancouver and whenever I see women heading to their government jobs (I live across the street from the Parliament building) I want to scream at them that Lululemon isn't real clothing...or acceptable as business wear! Just because you're wearing black Lululemon pants and paired it with a blazer, doesn't mean it's business casual. Don't think I can't see the Lulu logo on the hem of those pants!!

Anyhoo, I can't do Bikram cause I have major heat intolerance issues but I have done pilates. I did 3 years of it after my car accident and wish I could have kept up with it. I was doing classical pilates with the equipment and noticed a HUGE difference when I was going at a dedicated 4x a week for a month. I highly recommend it! I've also tried Barre classes but quickly lost motivation after 10 mins when I realized how out of shape I really was and could barely lift my leg up to knee height for 10 secs! Boot camp scares me.

Good luck!

accentuate said...

I love Crossfit. I think you'd love it too. Most people do after they give it a chance. Of course CF is not just exercise but really a test of fitness. I could go on and on but you can look it up for yourself. It changed my life and yes, its so expensive but I lost 2" off my waist in about 4 months and I've never been this fit ever. It's totally hard [work] but you get fast results and you have a ton of fun. And its not just for people already in shape. If you have any questions, ask!

Prêt à Porter P said...

work out wear is acceptable clothing here too. In my dreams, I'm a tough girl like Salt, but the reality I'm just too puny and goofy to ever do anything about it. Boxing sounds cool! I'll live vicariously through you. -ps. I hear Michele Lamy boxes.

Unknown said...

I agree that classical Pilates is the absolute best. It fundamentally changes your body like nothing else. it's expensive though...l

Stephanie said...

leilani- I'm flattered (and wish I was from some brilliant European city!) I took surfing lessons before- it is really fun but challenging!

Mel- luckily I don't live far from Bikram, so I can scuttle home safely at most hours. wow- I didn't realize people substituted yoga pants as proper dress pants! That's worse than the girls at Sammy J Peppers subbing them as "work clothes"! I'm not trying Barre until I do yoga, because I'm soooooo not flexible either!

accentuate- crossfit scares me, so I'm going to do some other thing (and get a bit more in shape) before I try it!

Pret- ooh cool! I didn't know she boxes. I'm really excited to try boxing. I also want to finally get around to trying fencing, but I'm not sure how much of a work-out it is.