SHE FIT - The Ultimate Sports Bra?

Hey heifers! What is it about me and sports bras?! I recently reviewed the ENELL SPORT bra and have been happily running along in my new fancy bra.  

Then a twitter friend messaged me and said, "Yeah, but have you tried SHEFIT....?" To which I said, "wait whaaaa?" I'd never heard of it. Maybe you haven't either.  I figured, what the heck, I'm willing to give it a try.  Let's face it. When you've got 34DDDs... you need to know ALL of your options, right? 

All options are good.  I can't saunter into WalMart and grab a 32A sports bra from the rack and go home happy.  I wish I could, y'all. Life would be so much easier and I think I'd have a million more dollars in the bank, given how expensive a GOOD sports bra is when you've got major melons.  Humungous Hooters.   Tremendous Tatas.  Don't make me go on. I had to google slang words for boobs.  It's not pretty.

I digress.  I do that a lot.

Imagine my excitement when SheFit messaged me and told me they'd be happy to send me a sports bra to try and review.  I was skeptical, as I usually am on these things.  I mean, I have this Enell bra. It's working for me. It's not super cute (definitely not a DATE NIGHT bra wink wink) but it gets the job done. It is one SERIOUS over the shoulder boulder holder. 

But if you have read my blog for a while y'all know I like CUTE things.

I want to be cute.

I want to be a styling heifer, running down the road feelin' fly about my funbags.  Feeling like if Ryan Gosling ran up to me and said "hey girl, show me your Bopsy Twins... I'd whip them out faster than my visa card at Christmastime.

Thus, I was pretty stoked when my Shefit bra arrived in the mail.  First impression up on opening - OH EM GEE, it's orange and pink.  Two of my favorite colors! Girdle-be-gone, this is a really CUTE bra.  I can rock this out for SHIZ!

Let's talk about ease of putting it on. It's great to look cute, but we well-endowed heifers KNOW that when we buy a new sports bra, it's going to burn some serious calories just GETTING INTO IT.  Can I get an amen?

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Here's the thing on this bra.  It's VELCRO. The back closure is velcro, as are the shoulder straps.  This intrigues me because if you have heavy hooters, you KNOW that velcro makes you nervous.  Will it hold? Will it wash well?  How long before it disintegrates and I have to replace it.  This is all legit fear when you've got ginormo jugs.

Let's have a look at the bra, shall we? 

screen shots from their website

screen shots from their website

why don't my arms look that muscular?

why don't my arms look that muscular?

The hardest thing for me was putting the bra on.  This one is TRICKY.  Here's why.  I have carpal tunnel in my wrists.  My fingers just don't DO what they're supposed to, nor do my wrists cooperate.  The front zipper closure is a pain in the rear end (don't make me google 99 names for Uranus, ok?) Behind the zipper are clasps, as seen below.

Here's a view of it.

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It's tricky because you're supposed to loosen the straps and then kind of tuck your tatas in and have at it.  Zip it up.  Well, easier said than done.  I couldn't make my hands/fingers work hard enough to zip it up.  I had to work REALLY hard to get the clasps shut first, then zip it.  The zipper then separated from the bottom, causing me to scream the F word really loud.  In fact so loud that it woke up my dogs.

They're lazy though.  They like to sleep past 4am. Whatever.  I had to put it on over my head (cue the circus music) because that was the ONLY way I could do it.  So I did.  I adjusted the velcro shoulder straps and went on my merry way.

Shoulder straps - all velcro

Shoulder straps - all velcro

Here's a look at the back strap, too. All velcro.

I can't lie. I'm skeptical of the velcro and its ability to last. I realize no bra should have a birthday.... but I am REALLY hoping this is quality velcro. I sweat a lot. This bad boy is gonna go thru many washings.

I can't lie. I'm skeptical of the velcro and its ability to last. I realize no bra should have a birthday.... but I am REALLY hoping this is quality velcro. I sweat a lot. This bad boy is gonna go thru many washings.

Once I had it securely fastened, like an airplane seatbelt... I wiped the sweat from my brow and got on with my day.  I met my friends at the park, whereupon I immediately pulled up my shirt to show them my new bra.  Hey.  We're chicks. That's what we do.  To my amazement, my friend Andrea lifts up her shirt and says HEY LOOK I HAVE ONE TOO!  Cue the laughter.  Bunch of girls, running at o'dark thirty at the park, all shining flashlights on their headlights.  Come on now.  Find the humor in this with me, please.

The BIGGEST plus of this bra is that the cups are padded. Ain't nobody got time for nipple parades. Nobody wants to see that, not me, not you (and if you do, eew, you need to go play on another website, not here).  Padded cups are where it's at.  

The cute-factor on this is pretty high-up also. It's HARD to find a great bra that supports the sisters, while still being cute.  This bra delivers.  I had my trusty running friends help me adjust the strap in the back so that it felt comfortably snug, and off we jogged, into the sunrise.

Final thoughts on this bra? Love it.  It's HARD to situate it if you're alone getting dressed without help (I have a shoulder injury which prevents me from adjusting the back strap once it's on) but if you can manage that - your colossal milk monsters (don't blame me, I learned that one from the internet) will stay locked and loaded, right where they belong.

Here's how it fits on a real woman, not a bra model.  The top zipper flap here is not pulled over the zipper just so that you could see how it looks.  The cup size could be a TINY bit bigger and I felt like maybe I was bulging out of it just a little - but beyond that - I will definitely wear this bra again for running and I would definitely recommend that you give it a try. Your cha-cha's will stay where they belong - no bouncing, no movement at all, and you'll never give them a second thought while you run off into your own sunrise or sunset.

The bra comes in several colors, which I also liked.  For all the information, check out their website at SHEFIT.COM and tell 'em I sent ya.

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I believe the gray strips on front are reflective too.

I believe the gray strips on front are reflective too.

Me and Shefit. It's a match made in heifer-heaven.  I hope to get lots of bounce-free miles out of this bra.  If anyone wants to know what's on my holiday wish list --- this is for sure up at the top!

Outdoor Sports You Can Love

Howdy Heifers! Y'all know I love a good guest blog post every now and then! My friends over at Skateboard Guide contacted me a few months ago asking if they could submit a blog post for the HeiferHood... so without further adieu... here's a little something from them: 

Different Types of Outdoor Sports You Can Learn To Love

 

“Outdoor sports” ...  the phrase which when heard or read firstly creates an impression of lots of running, sweat, body exercise, team, and risks. Each of us is accustomed to various types of outdoor sports from childhood. From way back in childhood, we all had been fond of various outdoor sports whether it be football, hide and seek, rugby, cricket and much more. Each of us has some personal fondness to particular games. Within last few years, outdoor sports have reached a new edge of excitement. People all around the world are experimenting their potential of fear. Mountain climbing, skiing on the roughest edges of the mountains, roller sports is now among the most loved games. Few outdoor sports that anyone can learn to love very soon are:

•    Cycling: Cycling is a sport which can be taken to the higher level to experience huge adrenaline rush through the veins. To experience this level of adventure, sportsmen are now practicing this sport in the stiffs of the mountains, rushing through the beautiful yet risky white snows. Cycling keeps the body fit and provides huge muscular development in legs. Cycling is an outdoor sport which has recognition in Olympic and CommonWealth games. Love for this sport can provide worldwide fame too and a perfect toned up physique.

•    Mountain Climbing: This is a new kind of sport which is now in trend and is creating a lot of interest among the athletes of people of all ages. Mountain climbing is an outdoor sport which has a huge adventurous touch in it. Due to the huge craze of this sports, various campaigns and training schools where anyone can get trained to experience the huge excitement and adventure of moving through the mountains. Various equipment is now in the market which has made the sport much easier and safer. Even children too can experience the fun of mountain climbing. This is one of the most loved games of the fitness freak people as it burns 818 calories per hour.

•       Soccer / Rugby: These type of sports has always helped the players to develop the muscular strength and prevent themselves from cardiac and respiratory problems. This sport helps in increasing the mentality of the team spirit among them. The eye to leg coordination becomes too strong in this type of sport.  Soccer or rugby requires a lot of running and results in a huge amount of calorie loss in each match. Soccer is one of the sports which indulges huge amount of money in it.

•      Roller Sports: Roller sports are one of the most loved games among the young and middle-aged people. Roller sports has created a huge craze among the riders since 1965. It adds a good punch of adventure in the riders’ lives. Skating through the crowded traffic signals, beautifully sliding on the ice and performing the smooth moves, rushing through the goal on the ice creates mesmerizing effects in the minds’ of the athletes and also the viewers. There are different types of best rollerblades which are made for the various purposes. There are the different mechanism in the rollerblades for rushing through the smooth roads or harsh tracks or on the ice. This sport increases huge flexibility among the riders and provides huge gymnastic skills. Rollerblades that are raging high in the market are recreational inline skates (these are the most popular skates), roller hockey inline skates, fitness inline skates, racing inline skates, urban street skates, shop urban skates and fitness inline skates. Each skate is created for their particular purpose. The mechanism of the skates does depend on the base on which it would be used.

•    Downhill Mountain Biking: This is a new kind of sport which is high in trend. It burns 632 calories per hour. One of the famous athlete in this sport is Rachel Atherton. She says “It’s like nothing else on Earth.” This sport has been listed in World Cup too. This kind of sport is tremendously good for health. This sport is extremely good for cardiac muscles.

Each sport has its own punch of joy and adventure indulged among it. Each outdoor sports not only provides fitness yet it creates a sportsman spirit in each and every players’ minds. Sportsman spirit is highly necessary for each of us as it teaches us how to work as a team and for the team. Health is the actual wealth each individual possesses. So enjoy and explore a wide range of outdoor sport to keep yourself young and cheerful always.

But... I'm not a "Real" Runner....

Are You a Runner?

I was having dinner with a friend the other night, wolfing down Café Rio taco salad with extra tomatoes while she told me about her existential crisis (her words, not mine). So, here it is:  she writes stories but hasn’t been published yet, so she argues she’s not a writer.

It’s easy for me to see the Swiss-cheese holes in that theory. I asked her, “Do you write?” She said, “Yes, every day.” I said, “Then, you’re a writer.” DUH.

It seemed so simple to me.  But for her, it was a tough sell.  She had a ton of requirements for being a ‘legit’ writer.  She had to be published.  The publication had to be ‘traditional’ instead of self-published.  She needed to get some good reviews, preferably from a famous magazine or newspaper or something.  She might have visions of being interviewed on NPR.

To me, she’s a writer because she writes. Period. Simple. End of story.

But then I started thinking of running and how I felt like a total imposter when I first started running. I had the same bogus beliefs about finish-lines to cross before I could say, in more than a whisper, “I’m a runner.”

In fact, I still sometimes struggle with feeling WORTHY of the royal title of runner.  It’s a title, right? You have to be able to say it with a straight face, with some swagger.  I don’t always feel like I have swagger.  Sometimes I feel like a total fraud.  A swagger-less fraud.

Sometimes (ok all the times), when I’m out for a run, I walk and then run and then walk again. I do this when I run half-marathons and 10ks and when I cruise through my neighborhood. I have closed down races and gotten in so late the cones were picked up and we had to straight-up navigate our way to the finish line.  I limp to finish lines, 34th out of 35, and I’m pretty sure I’ve rolled in dead last.  

I wear the race numbers, cross the finish lines and eat the free bananas, if there are any left, but I still don’t always feel like a runner.  

And you know what? That’s as wrong as my friend who writes every day and doesn’t feel like a writer.  She writes. She reads about writing. She gets better and sometimes sucks and then gets better again. She is a writer because she writes.

And I’m a runner because I run. And so are you. The details, those things I need to say out loud to make it legit, those don’t make me a runner.  What makes me a runner is that I run.  I get out there, before the sun rises, and I run. I go to races, and I run.  

I ran when I was fat, and I run now that I’m fitter.  I run when I’m tired and would rather be sitting with a bag of chip, surfing the web.  

I run when I’m busy and have work to do and could totally justify skipping my run for a day….which we all know so often turns into two days…and three….and then a week.

The fact is, there is no official finish line to becoming a runner.  Some people run a 5k or a 10k or a half-marathon or a full-marathon or an ultra-marathon. Some people run in tights, and some people run in baggy sweats that have seen better days.

Some people wear gear.  Some people go minimalist, forgetting fancy shoes or sweat-wicking performance pants.  Runners come in all shapes and sizes, and just like you,  don’t have to be stick-thin to be a yogi, you don’t have to be in ultra-marathon shape to be a runner.

What we have to do to feel like runners or athletes or writers or musicians or whatever else it is we want to be, is really just a combination of two things.

  1. We have to believe it. 

  2. We have to do it.

In the words of C.S. Lewis:  We are what we believe we are. That’s it.  If it seems simple, it is.

Are you a runner?  Well, do you run?

If you do, the answer is yes.  It’s yes even if you sometimes walk.  It’s yes if you finish last or even if you don’t finish every time. It’s yes no matter your pace, your schedule, your conditioning or your outfit.  If you run, you’re a runner.

Celebrate every run, not just the runs that include monitors, set courses and finish lines. Celebrate getting out there, sticking with it and coming back to running after inevitable breaks.

Being a runner has only one rule, folks: run.  And if you’re out there doing it, you’re killing it.  

So lace up your shoes, put on whatever gear you want, get out there….and run.

 

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