And just like that, the closet challenge is already halfway over! Two weeks down, two to go!
For the no-outfit-repeats challenge, I still had no trouble coming up with fresh new outfits for another week of workouts. That said, I’m just about of sports bras, so I’m going to have to start repeating those this coming week.
Here’s what I put together for week 2.
What I wore
Splits59 devon tank in tidal blue
L’Urv atomic kitten leggings
Underneath: Alala the cut bra in black
What I did: BBG week 5 arms
I love layering different cut-outs and straps on top of each other–it always creates such a neat effect.
What I did: aerial silks class
My outfits for silks class are always really simple. I always wear crops or leggings with a tight-fitting top, usually long-sleeved to protect my armpits. I can’t wear anything with zippers to class (since they can damage the fabric), so that limits my options a bit.
Heroine Sport performance tank
Alala captain crops in cobalt
Underneath: Alala zip it up bra in cerise
What I did: BBG week 5 full body
I was a little bit on the fence about this particular bra under this tank. I think it would’ve be better if the bra was black instead of red, but I didn’t have that option for this outfit. Ah well, close enough!
Lululemon cool racerback in heathered forest
Splits59 nova capris in navy
Underneath: Manduka cross strap bra in delmara
What I did: 35 min of about 6 miles on a stationary bike
Lululemon define jacket in heathered paris pink
Lululemon cool racerback in bali breeze
Olympia Activewear mateo stripe leggings
Underneath: Alala the cut bra in eclipse
What I did: 30 minutes on the elliptical
Could this outfit be any more girly?? Actually, I kind of did make it more girly by doing the stereotypical girly workout of using the elliptical. For a while I thought cardio was super lame, but honestly, some days I just don’t have the mental or physical energy to do a complicated, super-high intensity workout. Some days, zoning out for half an hour and doing something really simple is actually much more of a positive for my mental wellness while still ticking the box for my physical wellness.
Not to mention, I’ve been wanting to read more this year, and I love that I can read while doing some low/mid-intensity cardio. It also helps pass the time and takes your mind off of the discomfort. Taking 30 minutes twice a week goes a long way toward getting through that reading list. I recently read Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, which had a lot of wonderful little nuggets but overall only 3 or 4 stars out of 5 for me. I say that because a lot of his advice seemed a bit impractical to me, or didn’t link well enough to actionable advice since it left a lot of my questions unanswered. I also just finished Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy, which was as delightful to me as her first book.
Lululemon cool racerback in regal plum
Lululemon rebel runner crops in black grape
Underneath: lululemon stuff your bra in classic stripe/flash light
What I did: BBG week 6 legs
My dogs decided to photobomb me while I took pics of this last outfit. But they’re so cute, how could I kick them out??
Rest day! My husband and I went to a show after work for V day (I bought the tickets in January!).
Obstacles this week
Over the weekend, my husband suggested we get take out for dinner. I hesitated, so instead, he suggested we make nachos at home. He made a quick run to the grocery store for a couple missing ingredients, but we had everything else already in the pantry. It was quite a bit cheaper than takeout, arguably healthier, and incredibly tasty to boot!
Another unexpected obstacle: I filed my taxes and I owe this year! Oops. This definitely wasn’t exactly how I wanted to use the money I saved this month, it does make the surprise tax bill a little less painful.
Things I didn’t buy
Compared to week 1, this week was a lot easier for me in terms of buying things. Most of the things I’ve been putting on my list have been almost painfully practical. New socks, frames for some wedding photos, some light fixtures… I know, I can hear you falling asleep just reading that!
On a less practical note, Alala’s sale caught my eye this week, especially since the sale ends before my ban is over. On the other hand, I had all season to buy what’s there, so if I didn’t buy it then, I don’t need it now. Plus, spring is coming soon!
I wanted to buy some wine or hard root beer at the store for the weekend (especially after the tax thing!), but since alcohol is definitely in the “don’t need” category, I skipped it and found other ways to unwind instead.
Other than that, it was a pretty quiet week. It was a welcome respite after the first week got off to a kind of wild start!
Thoughts from the week
Last week’s theme of “oh geez I have a lot of activewear” continued and intensified this week. I’m not really missing shopping right now since I’m still dealing with a little bit of overwhelm with what I already have. I think I was overdue for this shopping freeze, and I should probably do another before next February. Or, better yet, I’ll just continue to get better about what I allow to come into my closet, and then I won’t need the freezes!
As I’ve gotten through a portion of my closet options, I’ve noticed a rather telling theme arise. There are a couple things that leave me feeling uninspired when my eyes pass over them day after day. As I tune into those feelings, I’ve managed to pluck a few more items out of my wardrobe and put them in my sell/donate pile.
Besides that, I’ve also noticed another big category that’s raising some questions for me. I have a lot of things that I don’t wear frequently, but I don’t want to get rid of because they’re special, unique, or whatever other reason. These are arguably the trickiest to deal with for me. I don’t want to get rid of things that I think are special, but if I’m not wearing them frequently, do they deserve the space in my closet? Why or why not? Are there certain reasons that are valid and others that should go out the door? I’m still trying to figure out my answer to those questions.
Anyway, that’s my report for the week. How about all of you? What’s going well and what’s going maybe not so well?