Fashion Friday Featuring Ellie

This week I am featuring Ellie on the blog, an awesome athletic clothing company for women. What I really think is cool about this company is you can either order individual pieces as you wish, or you can sign up with their fit fashionista club and pick any two pieces for only $49.95 a month! Which is great because they releases a new collections every month so you’re always in store for something new and fabulous. Ellie’s clothes are comfortable, functional, made out of quality materials, and are just super cute. So I encourage you to check em out, in fact if you use this link http://ellie.evyy.net/c/66016/83385/1664  you can get 20% off your order. How great is that?7706842281867694825977118031797981018114IMG_8156I don’t just do yoga for fitness I also dance awkwardly. I mean who doesn’t love the silly pistols at your hips dance?

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Here’s the link to the complete outfit I am wearing http://www.ellie.com/outfit/56 now I must say I’m still getting used to my “new body” after I lost so much weight, so a lot of the time I’m not certain about sizing, but Ellie’s size chart is spot on (some size charts are way off, talk about frustrating) but I ended up being a small in my top and and medium in pants just like the chart said. These clothes are so great, working out can be hard enough so having something beautiful to wear that is supportive and flexible enough for ones yoga practice is wonderful. I highly encourage you to get some Ellie gear for yourself.

yoga mat: Affirmats http://www.affirmats.com/Store/Products.php?id=8

I hope you all enjoy this week’s Fashion Friday and that you check out Ellie and get your 20% off discount http://ellie.evyy.net/c/66016/83385/1664 have a great weekend!

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Fashion Friday Featuring Affirmats

Today’s Fashion Friday is featuring Affirmats. A wonderful company that specializes in eco friendly biodegradable jute yoga mats. Now one might think how could a yoga mat be featured in a fashion post? Well admittedly I would probably think the same thing if I hadn’t seen the beauty that is Affirmats. These mats are not only functional (non slip, nothing worse than a mat that makes you feel like Bambi on ice) but they are beautiful and in turn make oneself feel beautiful. Its hard enough to get the urge to workout but having a mat “tell” you “Look how pretty you are” “I am wonderfully made” or “I am healthy I am wealthy I am love” is just the encouragement you need when trying to tackle “that impossible” pose you’re dying to accomplish. I have never loved a mat so much and I encourage you to check out this rad company http://www.affirmats.com/Home.html
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7209715373297326I7397723371977251738174257272I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you all check Affirmats out!

Sports Bra: Onzie http://www.theonzie.com/criss-cross-bra-top/

Yoga Pants: Old Navy http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=84254&vid=1&pid=633125032

Mat: Affirmats http://www.affirmats.com/Store/Products.php?id=8

So Glad I Found Yoga!

For those of you who don’t know I’ve lost a good bit of weight, I can recall seeing the dreaded scale read 178 when I was at my heaviest. Honestly it almost made me cry, I’m such a girl. As of today I have lost 28lbs *Sarah pats herself on the back*. I was never the “skinny girl” but wasn’t necessarily the “fat girl” either, I categorized myself as curvy and could stand to lose a bit of weight.

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Black was just about the only color I would wear.

I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater, lean meat, fruits, and veggies you know? But I was never consistent enough in my workouts I would be really dedicated at first, but never made it past 3 weeks. Well one day I was really upset (boy problems of course) so in order to clear my mind I decided to go for a walk, since I was livid the walk turned into basically a march, then a run. I had finally experienced the mindclearing powers of a run and was hooked after that! I kept jogging for several months, I would jog around the park and jog back home, and that is how I lost a good bit of weight to begin with. But I had to stop jogging at Doctors orders after I had a weird dizzy spell spaz episode. So I was bummed, I tried dancing to lose weight…didn’t care for it, also tried weights, liked it but after awhile it made my neck and shoulders hurt. So there I was wondering what to do, so I went on youtube and looked up yoga routines. Thank God I did, I found Tara Stiles and started following her videos and saw even quicker results than jogging gave me. I lost fat from running, but with yoga I am gaining muscle, improving my flexibility, and getting better balance, which for a klutz like me is incredible!

IMG_8450By far my favorite yoga accomplishment! Crow Pose.

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If this post seemed like endless bragging on my part well…it is haha. I’ve worked hard and I am proud of my accomplishments. The only person who can hold you back is you, get out of your own way and make things happen!

Let me know your weightloss stories, what are some of your favorite workouts, ever try bikram yoga or SUP yoga? I love hearing from you guys! Anything you want to share feel free. As always I love you guys, have a happy and healthy Monday!