A Surprise Gift From Athleta!

Header - Post - Bright Light of Good HealthWhen I started my journey of good health and fitness two years ago, I performed a Google search for women’s fitness clothing.  I wanted to know what companies sold cute gear so that I could treat myself when I accomplished some of my goals or reached certain milestones.  When starting the journey, my philosophy is to just get started with whatever you have and increase the fitness wardrobe slowly.  Depending on the brand, investing in fitness clothing can be an expensive endeavor.  That is one of the reasons that I have my Exercise Rewards jar.  Slow and steady wins the race.Woman's Day Live Longer Stronger Challenge My Faith and Fitness Blog Exercise Rewards  I knew that I wanted my fitness wardrobe to contain more than just black, gray and navy.  Boring.  I don’t feel pressured to dress up when I go to the gym, but I wanted to be able to upgrade to something nice.  Also, when I look good, I feel good.  When I took a Mad Cool Fitness class a few months ago, I realized that I wanted to start upgrading my fitness gear.

Because of that Google search, Athleta has been on my radar since April 2012.  I’m a huge fan of Athleta!  Athleta’s clothes have vibrant colors and striking patterns.  I signed up on the mailing list to receive catalogues, and followed the blog, Athleta Chi, and social media accounts.  In January 2014, I took Athleta’s 30-Day Plank Challenge.  I went from a shaky 20-second plank on Day 1 to a strong 180-second plank by Day 23!  I want to lose some more pounds before I continue my way to the goal of 300 seconds.  In February, after the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, I did Athleta’s 30-Day Squat Challenge until my knees yelled at me.  I guess I’m not as young as I think I am.  I documented each day of the challenges on Facebook and Twitter to stay accountable and encourage my friends who were planking and squatting with me.  Power to the She!

Imagine my surprise when I checked my mail on March 10 and saw that purple logo on the envelope staring back at me.  Athleta sent me a $100 gift card!Athleta Gift Card  I was so excited to learn that Athleta had been paying attention to my journey of good health and fitness.  I have been encouraging my friends in the Woman’s Day Live Longer and Stronger Challenge to share their journeys, too, because you never know who needs motivation.  I never would have thought that a fitness clothing company would have taken this step to send me a $100 gift card to encourage me.  Speechless.

I had great plans to shop at the Athleta store in Princeton.  I am registered to attend the A Healthy U Conference in NYC next month and I wanted to look presentable.  But alas, Lent and work responsibilities had me extra busy.  No bueno.  So, I came to terms with my lack of time and went online on April 10 to see what I could see.  I found some Relay Capris on sale (I must be a good steward) that I liked and placed them in my cart until the next day.  I like to wait a day or two to make sure that I am not acting impulsively and to prevent buyer’s remorse.  I don’t like returning my purchases.  (Confession:  I’m a repeater.  For those who don’t understand, I buy the same item in multiple colors.)  When I returned to the website the next day, I had another surprise: 20% off sale items!  Favor!

I bought 3 pair of Relay Capris in Cobalt Blue (to represent my sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.), Coral Sizzle (much brighter than I expected. Flourescent.  Definitely not in my comfort zone.) and Light Morning Glory (purple) and 1 Tempo Run Cap in Morning Glory (to coordinate with the Relay Capris).  My package arrived yesterday.  Much quicker than I anticipated.  Happy Birthday to me!  Very pretty.  Good stuff. Now, I won’t embarrass myself when I go to the Big City for the conference!  More on the A Healthy U Conference later.  Do you have any favorite fitness clothing brands?  Why are they fantastic?  You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page.  Be blessed.  Remain encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren

4 thoughts on “A Surprise Gift From Athleta!

  1. Miranda DeZeeuw says:

    I LOVE reading about fitness-wear. I’ll have to check out Athleta. My own favorite brand is Zumba’s own line of clothing. I have so many blog post of my own about the clothes.

    I love how you said you didn’t want all your workout wear to be black, grey, and navy. Four years ago when I started Zumba, it was a lot of black, grey, darker grey, and even brown. I had one or two tank tops in purple and blue and pink, but it was a very monochromatic wardrobe.

    After a year or so, I made a friend (fellow classmate) and her clothing was always bright and vibrant. When you said fluorescent was outside your comfort zone, I know -exactly- how you feel. I felt that way too but watching my friend sport her brights and neons with style and confidence helped inspire me to have the courage to do the same. I actually got rid of most of my “duller” colors and now, all this time later, the shift is to the neons and brights.

    Congrats on your great bargain (I love a good deal too) and on your surprise gift. You deserve it though, I followed your planking challenge too, you worked hard. 🙂

    • Min. Crystal L. Cochren says:

      Miranda, thank you for your thoughtful comment. We’ll see how long it takes for my fitness wardrobe to make the shift. I will keep you posted on its progress. Thank you for reading and following my plank challenge. Be blessed. Stay encouraged.

  2. Jimilah says:

    It is always a challenge to venture into the color zone. The vibrant colors always draw more attention, positive or negative, so I am very proud of the confidence you have in your own skin. Keep going and growing “shero”.

    • Min. Crystal L. Cochren says:

      Thank you for your comment. I noticed that the older I get, the more willing I become to leave my comfort zone. I’ll let you know when I wear the fluorescent relay capris. Thank you for reading. Be blessed. Remain encouraged.

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