Getting Serious About Staying Fit

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I don’t talk about fitness often but going to the gym is a huge part of my everyday. I go to the gym at least 3 times a week, usually 4 times if my schedule allows. I’ve been going on and off to the gym since I was 16-17 years old, can you believe that? Back then, I did it mostly to socialize with friends and also to lose weight. Now I do it to strengthen the muscles because, with two kids, I need all the physical strength that this aging shell could muster, lol

The only time I stopped going to the gym was after being pregnant with my second son, Rocky. I remember shopping for gym clothes in November of last year, being excited and all because I was so close to losing the baby weight and getting a flatter tummy, only to find out a few weeks later that I was pregnant again, hahaha!

When I had my first baby, I was super batty about getting back to shape. This time, I took my time because it was kinda frustrating to get back to shape after reaching my physical peak and lose it again, ya know? I told myself I’d be in no hurry this time around.

I still haven’t shed all of the baby weight, I still have, like, 15 to 20 pounds to go, I think. And the pandemic pretty much delayed our return to the gym. I started working out in January, about 4 months after giving birth. I wasn’t doing anything extra strenuous, just light exercises to wake dem muscles up. Here’s me fresh out of maternity leave lol:

Shortly after this day (taken February), we stopped going back to the gym because of the delta COVID, hehehe.

Fast-forward to August, we decided to come back. We were still not vaccinated at this point but we still went back because we were getting too lumpy from all that inactivity, lol

I bought a slew of yoga shirts and baggy jogging pants from UNIQLO to refresh my daily workout “uniform” and also to motivate me to go to the gym often. These were all from the Airism line and I love how thin yet durable the material is. The top is designed for yoga workouts and I love it to bits because I can move around without the material hiking up from the back like my old gym top.

The pants are so cool because I love harem-style pants. The ones I got are very comfortable and loose. I hate a snug fit, honestly, and my old joggers are somewhat form-fitting. I keep worrying about ripping a seam while squatting and lunging.

Apart from refreshing my gym uniform, I got a new pair of shoes. Well, actually, my husband got the shoes for me.

Backstory: I saw the nicest pair of gym shoes in rose gold, called the Super Rep 2, at a Nike boutique back in January or February but decided against getting it because of the tight fit. I just gave birth at that time and was kinda alarmed that I needed a size 9.5 or so when my shoe size was supposed to be 7.5 to 8.5 at that time.

The Super Rep 2 is best for people with narrow feet and for those with normal feet, there is quite a bit of snugness in the arches. I thought I might regret if I get the shoes in a big size but eventually, I spent the rest of quarantine part 2 regretting not getting the damn rose gold shoes. It’s freakin rose gold!

So when we got back to the gym with all this new gear, I wanted to change my shoes. My old Zooms have a poor fit from the get-go and I don’t really enjoy working out wearing them. They always come undone or my foot would pop out while working out.

I scoured the physical and online stores for the black and violet version of the Super Rep 2 knowing the rose gold pair will be hard to maintain. Unfortunately, popular sizes are sold out all the time. I asked the husband to ask his sneaker supplier to source the shoes for me and when they found one in my size, my husband decided to give them as a gift.

I’m not one to get all excited for freaking trainers but guys, I was giddy waiting for the shoes to arrive. These were ordered overseas and then shipped to us on a preorder. And when they came, ugh. I was so inspired to stay fit guys.

Anyhoo. That’s not the end of my shopping spree, no sir. I decided to get a Fitbit shortly after the shoes came. I wanted a tracker to check how many calories I lose with every workout. Also, I wanted something to motivate me to move.

I wanted to get the older Fitbit Charge 4 because it has more features but the husband said I’m better off with the Luxe model because it looks nicer and the features aren’t too comprehensive. As much as I want all the nice features, I know I won’t be able to maximize them – I don’t have plans to run a marathon lol. So yes, I got a Fitbit online via their flagship store at Lazada.

And get this, the Fitbit came a day later. I was so surprised! So far, we’ve been going to the gym several times per week. We are always shooting for 4 times a week although I’m totally not guilt-ridden with a 3 times per week schedule too.

So far it’s been great. I feel stronger, I guess and my mushy belly has shrunk considerably. I just wish I’d have more time to continue working out until I’m back to my old weight.

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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