I’ll Tell You What I Want…

…what I really, really want.

No seriously, I will. I’ve told you about fitness things I’ve wasted money on, about about my best fitness splurges – now It’s time for me to tell you about the things I’m lusting over but haven’t bitten the purchasing bullet yet. Now, I know you’re thinking this blog has taken a materialistic turn south, but like a fat kid on a diet (I was one, so I can say that, right?), I am in money-saving mode and hence, drooling over things that I won’t let myself buy.

1. A Swimp3 Player

SwiMP3® X18

I’m that annoying person who always has headphones in – at my desk, getting groceries, walking down the street – so it makes perfect sense that I would want to listen to music while I’m swimming, too. While I find swimming to be very meditative, I think that sometimes I start to go a bit looney counting my lengths and strokes and breaths and, honestly, sometimes I just hum along to a song while I’m swimming anyway. Why not have there be real music instead of just looking like I escaped the asylum and hopped into the pool at the YMCA? There are a few models of waterproof mp3 players on the market, and even little cases to make your iPhone/iPod waterproof, but frankly I am skeptical. The Swimp3 player, however, has amazing reviews! Essentially the little headphones are also the mp3 player itself, and clip onto your goggles – no cords!

2. Coola Organic Sunscreen

Confession: I’m awful about applying sunscreen in the summer. I typically wear a primer and/or foundation with spf, but other than that, I’m negligent. I don’t make a conscious effort to apply facial sunscreen because my t-zone is already an oil slick and with sunscreen, it’s 100x worse. I have no excuse for neglecting my body except that I’m lazy and a tan helps to hide cellulite ;) But seriously, I should at very least stop being so dumb about applying sunscreen when I do my long runs in the beaming summer heat. Enter: Coola Organic Sunscreen. While I’m not refuting the sun’s role in causing the development of melanoma, I think that skin cancer is also due to the lack of protective fruits & vegetables in our modern diet – for example, lycopene (found in tomatoes), which may provide sun protection from within.

In any case, there’s been some buzz lately about the possibility that the sunscreen we use has questionable ingredients with unknown potential long-term effects. The more I’ve read controversial articles on the things we use to protect us from the sun, the more my interest has been piqued in more natural skin care, like Coola. Specifically, I am eying:

Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish

Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish

and Coola Sport SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Spray

Naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen. Offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB plus environmental protection, this light, natural cucumber scented formula gives skin an immediate line-smoothing finish. Made with organic Rose Hip Oil, rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C; and organic calming Evening Primrose and Flax Seed Oils, delivering abundant Omega-3 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid to improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture. Organic Shea Butter smoothes and hydrates while the phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates skin.

  • Ideal for normal or oily skin
  • Natural Cucumber Scent
  • Preservative Free Formula
  • Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Sport SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Spray

Hurray for Spray!™ Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, natural, and unscented continuous spray. Offering Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection, this Farm to Face™ sourced spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 70% certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory rich in Omega-3 and 6. Have your fun in the sun and then some with COOLA!

  • Easy spray-on application
  • 70% organic inactive ingredients
  • Infused with anti-aging antioxidants
  • Unscented
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Now, I would happily splurge on these two products, except that I can’t find them anywhere in Ottawa, nor can I find them on a single website that will ship to Canada without charging me $10+ in shipping. I’m hoping that a local health food store will start selling them soon!

3. A New Workout Wardrobe

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I accumulated a ridiculous amount of workout tanks and capris. After taking stock and realizing that I had too much clothes and nowhere to put it all, I put myself on a workout clothes ban. Fast forward to now, when most of my clothes is either too big or stretched out, and I find myself perusing websites for brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Lululemon for new workout gear. A few thing I’ve been drawn to lately:

Lululemon Energy Bra

Energy Bra

Truth be told, I already own this bra in hot pink. Unfortunately (and fortunately), as I lost weight marathon training last summer, it’s now too big. It’s passable for stepmill, spinning and strength workouts, but not so good for anything involving vertical motion, if you catch my drift ;) My favourite is the pop orange colour, but I couldn’t mind having it in black, too.

Lululemon Wunder Under Crops

Wunder Under Crop

I think it’s somewhat of an athletic female right of passage to own a pair of these pants, and yet I’ve never bitten the bullet. I do have these in the full length in a size 10 (from a couple of years ago) and a size 6 high-rise (from this winter) but haven’t sprung for the crops for some reason. My trusty Old Navy crops, as much as I love them, are 2 years old and are infused with a perma-stink that won’t quit, so I think the Wunder Unders are in my future. I actually would recommend the Old Navy crops to anyone watching their budget, but my local Old Navy is terrible at carrying stock of the workout line, so I haven’t been able to get more.

Lululemon Free Fall Crop

Free Fall Crop

Now, I include this item here while being fully cognizant of the fact that they will probably look ridiculous on me. I generally think that one has to be awfully waify and lean to wear loose jogging pants – especially with an elastic hem – and have them look semi-flattering. With that said, it occured to me as I dashed home from the gym this (-15 degrees celsius, I might add) morning in way-too-thin crops that it wouldn’t kill me to have a pair of looser pants for layering. Maybe $86 pants are not the place to start, but you’re not the boss of my wish list!!

Nike G87 Sublimated Print Tank

Nike G87 Sublimated Print Women's Tank Top

Have you bought anything cute lately? I generally hate shopping in ‘real life’ so I have tunnel vision – I am definitely open to suggestions ;)

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