Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year, New Bra...

Erm yeh, probably not the inspirational type post you might have been looking for on the very first day of the year, but bear with me it kind of is.

Back in November-ish Toni and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Heather from Panache, we had a good old chinwag about blogging and bras and Plus North and all sorts to be honest! We also talked about sports bras and how I've been wanting to do some kind of exercise but didn't want to until I knew I had the right support for my boobs, Heather very kindly said I could try out one of the panache sports bras, which she sent through in December. So admittedly it's taken me all this while to get round to trying it and actually do some exercise!

Before I talk about the bra, I want to talk a little bit about the exercise. First and foremost I'm not doing this to lose weight. Some of you may know I'm very anti-diets for personal reasons and after years of heartache, yoyo dieting and the rather drastic gastric bypass, I swore no more, BUT I do want to be healthy, I want to keep fit, make sure I can run up and down the stairs without collapsing in a big heap. I believe my size does has nothing to do with this, but my fitness levels do, so I'd like to improve on them. As you may also know, I have mental health issues and I do genuinely feel great after exercise, so I'm looking on it as a mood enhancer too!

So onto to boobage... The bra itself is an unapologetic shade of neon pink! Its awesome, I didn't think I'd be a pink girl, but I have to admit its pretty cool. I got the 38FF I normally take a 38G but for some reason I felt I should size down in a sports bra and I think I was right, I don't fill this bra at all, in fact I'm not sure if I should have got the F, but having said that, I'm not a bra expert, so I'm not sure how a sports bra is supposed to sit, any advice is welcome!

After a few energetic jumps, I decided it felt secure enough to try my fitness DVD.

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The bra is underwired, the central gore whe the wire is, is concealed beneath the vest style outer, it did sit flat against my. Chest, so that's a good thing. For all the details on the bra, you can click here for the direct link

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The band was very snug, a little restrictive if I'm honest, but it will give with time, so I'm ok with that.

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Extreme Close-up woaaahhhhh! Ha sorry about that, just wanted you to see the detailing of the bra, honest!

Over all I'm really pleased with this bra, it felt very supportive and I love the appearance of it. And as for the workout? I did 30 mins, but it's 30 mins more than I did yesterday!

Are any of you guys looking to improve your fitness? What kind of thing are you getting up to?

19 comments:

  1. *wolfwhistles* Looks fabulous, well done on exercise I must do some of this xx

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  2. I've heard that panache do the BEST bras, I will have to save my pennies up. Lots of recent studies have shown that weight is maybe not what we thought it was, skinny people who are sedentary are less healthy than fat people who exercise 30 minutes per day 6 days a week moderately.

    Sweatshop have a very good set of videos on sports bra fittings, http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/sportsbras.cfm should help you see if its right, it's meant to hold things still when you move so try star jumps, if they are uncomfortable it doesn't fit.

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    1. Ooh fab info, thanks so much, I'll go and check the website :)

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  3. Love the neon pink. Might have to look through panache, really I need a proper bra fitting at some point. Haven't had one since my first when I was 15. Ooops.

    I'm on the getting fitter train, joined a gym, got a program from a trainer, who was amazing. When I said I didn't want to necessarily lose weight, but get fitter and didn't want to be weighed, well I expected backlash. He was cool with it, not judgemental at all and made a note that I didn't want to be weighed. Yay for good excercise experiences!

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    1. Sian, that is so amazing to hear. I'd like to think that the message is slowly creeping through that people want to be fit, but that doesn't necessarily correlate with weight loss, yay indeed!! X x

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  4. Love this bra on you it's fabulous and huge congrats for wanting to work out for you rather than pleasing others. Such an important point to make! Also want to point out how amazing your cheekbones look in the first pic, I'm seriously jealous haha! Happy new year lovely xxx

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    1. Aww thanks lovely, a very happy new year to you too x x

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  5. awesome blog love all the pics i read a couple post today cuz i just found your blog
    u look amazing :-)

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    1. Hi Bee!! Welcome! Hope you enjoy readin the blog, mwah x x x

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  6. Oh man I need one of those! I was wearing a Shock Absorber but it got quite uncomfortable! <3

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    1. Oh no? I remember having one years ago, but it was a terrible fit to be fair! X

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  7. Ooh, that is hella pink! Love it. I'm on a mission this year too. I started on healthy eating and yoga last year but went off the boil towards the end of the year. Now it's time to refocus and get this ol' bod of mine ship-shape ready for getting knocked up! :) x x

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    1. Good luck lovely, always best to be in good health before baby activities as you need all your wits about you, trust me! Lol x x

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  8. I have that bra! ...Might have bought it to match my bright pink trainers :/

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  9. Ooh, I love that it's such a happy colour!

    I'm new to your blog, and love it so far. I was wondering - have you ever written about the gastric bypass? My GP is trying to talk me into one, and I'm super-sceptical and would love to hear other people's stories...

    HSG x

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    1. Hello there! So glad you like the bra and the blog! I have written briefly about the bypass or more my journey to body acceptance in SLiNK magazine, you can download a copy on their website, just google SLiNK. But if you'd like to email me on mrsbebeblog@live.co.uk I'd be more than happy to answer any of your questions, it's a subject I'm really open and honest about :) thanks again for the comment! Be x x

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  10. I have a couple of playtex bras other styles of underwire padded bras. This one is far and away the best. Holds up much better wash after wash. No more piling. My 6-month old bra looks as good as the new ones I just bought.

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Thank you for your comment, I love reading what everyone has to say! B x