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Archive for April 29th, 2011

FBFF Q&A: Lookin’ good, baby

29 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue satin babydoll dress
Rockin’ the babydoll!

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Sitting on Mt. Whitney summit

Sitting on the summit on Mt. Whitney with Fil

Have I been hitting the gym lately? (I missed a few weeks.) Do I take walks during my lunch break? (No. I get too hot and sweating at my desk is not my thing.) Is health, vanity or both? How am I staying in shape and why? The topic this week for Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday is just about that. I’ve mentioned snowboarding and running a few times, here’s a sneak peak into a completely different part of my life.

FBFF: Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why?

FJ: Yes. I run regularly. I snowboard all winter, I cycle here and there and hike regularly. I do it for sanity, physical benefits, health and fun. I also like the challenge of keeping it up. I’m in better shape and have better stamina now than I ever have before. Even with asthma, even with arthritis in my feet. Let’s face it, I like knowing I kick butt. Being outdoors brings me peace, running is especially zen for me, it focuses me. I start getting cranky when I don’t get exercise regularly. I have too much energy not to have an outlet. It also helps keep my metabolism the way that it has always been, I’ve been consistent for most of my life.

Bay 2 Breakers
My third or fourth Bay2Breakers with my friend Telene

FBFF: Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?

FJ: Sure. I like being strong and fit. I don’t mind all the other physical quirks that are unique to me as long as I feel healthy. I’m proud of who am I which is defined by what I do. I had a couple ladies at work once tell me I was lucky that I could eat anything because I was so skinny. Well, I’m not skinny, I’m slender and in good shape. I wouldn’t refer to getting up at six A.M. to go running “luck”. I would call that hard work. Luck and good genes only take you so far, when you’re in your forties, you get there by earning it. I don’t know anyone my age who can eat whatever they want because they’re lucky.

Climbing clinic at Pinnacles National Park
Climbing clinic at Pinnacles National Park. I’m secretly a spider monkey

FBFF: When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion?

FJ: In a perfect world, it would be both. In my world, it’s gear. I want great gear. I want it to breathe, to move with me, not shift, not sag, not rip, not be itchy, not ride up. I want it to wick moisture, resist odor. I want to wash it a million times and have it last forever. I have technical gear for all my sports. For running, in summer I wear shorts and short sleeve shirts, in winter I wear Yoga/running pants and long-sleeve wool shirts. For hiking, I have hiking pants and tops but if it’s in the park by my house and it’s only for an hour or two, I might wear my Yoga/running pants and a breathable top. For cycling, I have cycling shorts and shirts. Snowboarding has its own set of gear.

White water rafting on the American River
White water rafting on the American River

FBFF: Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness?

FJ: Lol! Yes! I think it’s funny because even though I usually run three to four times a week, hike regularly and have one-off’s on the weekends, such as cycling or snowboarding, I think I should be doing more. More weight and core training, Yoga, too. I’m not doing those things. I’d like to but I can’t imagine when I’d fit that into my schedule. I also sometimes have to take a week or two off for sanity’s sake, I’m not hard on myself about it anymore, but I used to be.

Landing in the terrain park at Kirkwood
Landing in the terrain park at Kirkwood

I’m going to add that being in great shape has some additional benefits that I wanted to make sure and cover. Primarily, the confidence that endurance and physical strength has brought me in has translated into other areas of my life. You can’t buy that kind of feeling. The other is that having endurance allows me to be in places not for the faint of heart. I’ve gone white water rafting, kayaking, I’ve climbed Mt. Whitney, which was just amazing! I’ve seen parts of nature that are not easily accessible to the general public. Being able to be in those places is precious, I don’t take it for granted. It re-affirms my core belief that we are all connected and to always try and be the best person I can be.

When I’m able to hike to a pristine area in the snow and I sit and survey, I’m overcome with appreciation for being alive. The beauty I get to see, the perspective these places bring to my state of mind, to me, that’s worth every boring run on a treadmill. Sure I like to look good, but I like to feel good even more than that. When I feel good, it doesn’t matter what I look like, I’m radiating from the inside out. That’s the one thing no outfit, no make-up, no procedure can buy. That stuff comes from the heart.The coolest thing is that I didn’t start doing any of these things until my early thirties. Getting older rocks!

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting this topic. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

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I wore mocha tights with this navy blue babydoll dress. Mocha is an unlikely color to consider with navy blue yet it made for a very interesting take as a neutral in this case. Not all neutrals need to be uninteresting. It allowed the dress to take center stage while still providing a hint of color.

Have you every used an unusual color as a neutral in an outfit? What did you do? What color was it?

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Navy blue babydoll dress/ModCloth, mocha microfiber tights/courtesy of We Love Colors, black sandals/Dansko, steampunk inspired necklace/gifted.