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Don’t Quit on Your Worst Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember that you can see my full disclosure policy here.

When I was pregnant with Audrey, I read a ton of books and listened to a million podcasts, because I wanted to be prepared. I’d not had much exposure to babies and I really had no idea what to expect.

One of the messages I picked up along the way continues to resonate with me in all aspects of my life — as the parent of a toddler, as an employee, as a side business hustler and particularly in my fitness journey.

DON’T QUIT ON YOUR WORST DAY.

It’s a common mantra among breastfeeding moms, because nursing a baby, especially in the early days, can be really challenging. Things hurt, you smell, you aren’t sure if you’re doing it right, everyone around you has an opinion and of course, you are so scared you’re going to fail.

You don’t have to be a breastfeeding mom to know that negative voice. Have you heard it?

It tells you you can’t lose weight. That you’re not doing it — the workout, the eating, the whatever — right. That you are going to get hurt. That everyone around you knows some secret you don’t.

If you’re struggling and you feel like you need to quit: take a breath. Take a break! But don’t quit. Not today. Don’t make a permanent choice when you’re dealing with a temporary problem. And never forget that you’re worth it. You can do amazing things.

DON’T QUIT ON YOUR WORST DAY.

That message is one I send to myself, as well. I’m back in the gym after a lengthy break, and while I’m confident that I’m in good shape (I can teach and take three hours of group fitness without a problem!), there’s no question that I’ve lost some of my strength and muscle endurance, and I’m feeling humbled and challenged by the task of getting back to where I once was.

One of the things that’s helping me get my butt to the gym? Pretty clothes. Yes, I’m a girl. And yes, it really does make a difference. The North Face — remember them? makers of awesome winter puffy coats as sported by 1998 Syracuse University freshmen? —

has an awesome new apparel collection called Mountain Athletics from The North Face.

It:

  • has exclusive active stretch fabric, which makes it really durable and strong (I can attest to this as I’m a klutz and somehow got my shirt stuck on a piece of equipment — it stretched but did not tear)
  • is designed for athletes who love to be active outdoors BUT works really well in any workout setting (I wore the gear during a really sweaty circuit training session by the pool and also at the gym for a brutal workout with my trainer)
  • has FlashDryXD, which is technology that helps keep the clothes dry without snagging, pilling or pulling

I was able to pick anything I wanted from the Mountain Athletics line, which turned out to be really hard (I know, first world problem). After much hemming and hawwing, I chose the…

Women’s Flow Tank (coastline blue)

Women’s Play Hard Tank(paradise green)

Women’s Fave Pants (asphalt gray heather)

and for good measure, threw in the TNF Helio Headbands (it put me over my shopping spree limit but they’re so cute!)

(and I really wanted the Dynamix Hoodie but couldn’t justify a heavy sweatshirt in Florida!)

My favorite thing about the shirts is that they’re cut beautifully for women who maybe aren’t…so…skinny. I have broad shoulders, a large chest and I hate when shirts end right at my hips/waist line.

The Flow Tank has great ruching and bunching at the bottom, as well as a wide band that can be pulled down or left up, with the material billowing over. And the back is STUNNING. It’s a thin racerback with a vertical opening from about the bottom of the bra to the hips, but it’s not super revealing (it just lets some much-needed air in). It also worked really well for my outdoor workout because I was dropping to the ground for mountain climbers and planks and doing squats and lunges, and the shirt had enough room so I didn’t feel restricted BUT not too loose that it got caught on elbows or knees.

The Play Hard Tank is my new favorite workout shirt — it’s soft, not too tight but still has some good shape and it falls perfectly below my hips.

And the Fave Pants? GOSH. They’re so soft and loose but don’t make me feel like I’m wearing my husband’s baggy sweatpants. They have shape and for me, are the perfect post-workout pants (I even threw them over my capris after yoga class, thinking I’d take them off at home, but I stayed in them ALL DAY).

{In a future post, I’ll have more information about the awesome training tools from The North Face, but you can Download the Mountain Athletics App here in the meantime!}

So, what do you think? Do you want a shopping spree of your own?

Enter through the widget below and you could win a $500 North Face gift card.

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