I’m not into the New Year, New You thing. What I am into is a New Year, the same fabulous you with the courage to make any changes that YOU want to make. It’s OK to change it’s also OK to stay the same. Being you is OK regardless. It’s taken me time to get there, and its constant work in progress. So, moving on, this post incorporates 2 things.
Firstly, I want to be a bit healthier. I’m not fussed about losing weight, that’s not my focus here. What I want to do is be more active. I work 8 – 6 sat at a desk and then come home to check emails or blog, which incorporates more sitting down. I’m always in a rush so take lifts or drive everywhere. I literally have an urge to be more active! The problem is I hate working out. I’ve done the gym thing before and it’s well, uncomfortable for so many reasons. It’s boring and trying to find something other than leggings and an oversized T-shirt to wear is far from a push of confidence.
Well I’ve found 2 things which I think might just help me with a big step in the right direction. First of all is #PSPFIT. Created by Cece over at Plus Size Princess, it’s a fun way to increase activity and is really about getting plus size women involved and feeling awesome when it comes to fitness. Cece has 1 song workout videos (who doesn’t love dancing to a bit of Nicki Minaj!?) and it’s all about healthy curves at every size. I’m going to plod on and look into it, I know there is an official group to join but I haven’t decided my plan of action yet and I’ll keep you updated. It’s definitely inspiration.
Secondly is wearing something that is comfortable and works for me! Well, State Of Mind have that covered. They provide plus size sports, casual and swimwear in size 14-28. I tried out a couple of pieces to see how they felt. I was super impressed. The casual hoodie is my favourite. It’s perfect for lounging around at home but at the same time it’s great to wear while getting active.
State Of Mind have really thought about what plus size women want from their sportswear and they have pretty much managed to provide it all. For example the hoodie is a great length so it covers most of my bum and it has sleeves that are actually full length, not ones that I have to keep pulling down! The cropped trousers that I’m wearing are so comfortable they are better than leggings! The waistband is super wide so you can wear it high or roll it down. No worrying about an embarrassing builders bum and they are super stretchy so perfect for things like yoga, or the dance sessions that Cece does with her #PSP challenge. These trousers are also made from soft Supplex fabric (92% Polyamide 8% Lycra). This is supposed to last for years so no risk of ripping or fading away from all the thigh rubbing and it has great wicking properties (in other words it will soak up your sweat!) Yes! You know what I’m talking about!
The work out wear has lots of thought about details such as inside pockets for your keys, long length zips, high visibility trips if you want to go walking or jogging in the evenings, ruched sides for comfort and flexibility and the fit is spot on (and the clothes look quite cool too). I havent found plus size sports wear that’s fitted so well and made me feel so comfortable so I have to give State Of Mind a round of applause. It’s also nice to know the brand started from a plus size woman herself who didn’t want to shop in the mens section for sportswear. I’m so with her on this.