Brazen Thoughts

Just a peek into the things that go through my head daily


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New clothes!

If there are two things in life that get me motivated to workout it’s new music and new clothes! I’m currently in the process of downloading new tunes (if you have any suggestions, post in the comments) and I’m always looking for new threads, and I found some! Working in fitness allows me the opportunity to wear athletic clothes on a daily basis, so I try to research new brands and fits to see what I like. I’ve had good luck with Victoria’s Secret before, so when I got their latest catalog, instead of throwing it out like I usually do, I skimmed it and found a top that was made for me! Long sleeve, lightweight and a large keyhole in the back, love it! I also found a fun sports bra with a really cool back, that would look perfect with it! Picture below:

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The bra fits perfectly and I’m so happy I found it. It’s an underwire, which is not something that I need for my sports bras, so I don’t typically seek it out, but it really does change the fit and support, in a good way. It is flexible enough to pullover my head without struggling, and tight enough that I won’t move around while running. There is a thin layer of padding which disguises hard nipples without making it look like you’re going for a night out.

The shirt is very airy and lightweight. It has thumbholes, which will pretty much sell me on any shirt, so that was definitely a plus with this one. I might be on the weird side, but I sometimes like working out in a long sleeve shirt. I’m one of those “always cold” people, so it takes a lot for me to get warm during a workout, so wearing long sleeves helps to speed up the process. The keyhole is large and allows air to circulate which helped me to cool down in waves. It runs a little on the large side and if I get another one (which is a good possibility) I would probably go down a size. It has a cute, subtle swiss dot pattern, just to give it a little more design.

I would highly recommend both pieces, and Victoria’s Secret Sport (VSX) as a whole!

What brands do you like to wear while getting fit?

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Along the Chicago Lakefront

As an avid biker and runner on the lakefront, there are things I see and all I want to do is yell at people to tell them to stop! And there are many times that I do. This type of blog has been done a billion times, but I wouldn’t be doing my own blog justice if I didn’t touch on this topic. So here we go, here’s a list of my top pet peeves on the lakefront.

The easiest and most important rule to live by on the path is to treat it as if you were driving on the road, it really will help in every situation.

-DO NOT for any reason stop in the middle of the path. Would you stop your car in moving traffic, probably not (at least I hope you wouldn’t). If you have to stop, move to the right side, yes the right, not the left, and take care of whatever you need to take care of there.

-Stay on the right side of the path. Again, this goes back to the being on the road. Are we in England? Nope, so you wouldn’t drive on the left side, so don’t walk/bike there either.

-Please do not let children/dogs run wild. This is for the safety of everyone! If your child runs into the middle of the path when a bunch of bikers are coming, they may not be able to stop in time or they may not hit your child, but they may injure themselves.

-When passing someone check over your left shoulder, if someone else is coming, slow down, wait until that person passes, and then you can pass the person in front of you. This is especially true if you are running and a biker is coming up behind you fast and furious. Not looking before passing is a death sentence.

-Also when passing, nicely say “on your left”. This will alert others that they need to make sure to stay in their lane and not weave into you as you are passing. If there are only a few people on the path, you probably don’t need to do this, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

-Only walk in pairs. Any more than that and you’re taking up too much of the path. OH and STOP walking three deep, each with a bicycle. First off, get on your damn bike, second, you are taking up so much damn room! Are you that rude that you think on one else should be able to enjoy the path?

-Stop it with the bell! Awesome, you are visiting our fair city and you’ve rented a bike to tour the lakefront. Fantastic! It’s a great way to be active and see the sights. There is a bell attached the handle bars, use it when passing someone, not every flippin second!! You are annoying and I want to throw you in the freezing cold lake!

The Chicago lakefront is 20 miles of fantastic views and wonderful motivation to keep active. We can all enjoy the path, as long as you approach it with common courtesy, and common sense (which I know is not that common).


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Stressed out?

As a personal trainer, I have come across my fair share of brides. I usually encounter them towards the end of their planning experience, which as a professional, isn’t the best time to start training, but hey, later is better than never! Most of my brides are stressed, pulled in every direction, worried about their weight, skin, hair, nails, and every other little detail that you can think of!

I recently started training with a new bride who is getting married later this year; she has had some unexpected occurrences come up through her process and she was almost in tears as she sat in my office telling me about her wedding. By the end of the session, those tears went away and by session two, she was smiling, energetic, exhilarated and much happier (even though she was exhausted from the workout)! All she needed was a little “me time” and some good old fashion stress relieving!

Before beginning this process, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t let that happen to me, that I would never be that bride! Well, that went out the window quickly, as venue hunting (step one) got to me! I now know that this is a stressful process, but if you approach it the right way, it can be a beautiful process. Stress is always going to be a part of your life, and if you can find a way to deal with your stress, or even better, be able to better turn the bad stress into good stress, this journey will be that much more enjoyable for you and especially for your groom!

Personally, my favorite way to destress is to run and since I’m training for the Chicago Marathon, I’m going to have the chance to do enough of that!

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Another of my favorite ways to relax is to get a massage, this is a wonderful way to stop thinking for at least an hour and have someone else take care of YOU!

Candles and stones in a calm zen spa environment.

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I personally find mediation hard, as I’m an on the go person who rarely takes a minute to sit and just breathe, but through this process, I have a feeling that meditation might just be the key for me!

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How do you take care of the stresses in your life?