Wednesday, July 12, 2017

UK Lingerie :: Anita Active Sports Bras Review :: Why I couldn't finish the fitness challenge


As you may know, I joined OTF's 6 week fit challenge at the beginning of June. Sadly, I won't be able to finish the challenge (more on that at the end of this post). Going to the gym 4-5 times a week, I am always on the lookout for a comfortable sports bra. To be completely honest, I am not picky when it comes to sports bra. I buy them anywhere from Victoria's Secret to Target. However, not all sports bras are created equal. When UK Lingerie reached out to me to inquire about a potential collaboration, I knew I'd be interested in trying out some of their sports bras. I thought all sports bras are comfortable in general. Boy was I wrong. As soon as I put on the Anita Active sport bras, I was so blown away by how comfortable they are. Below are some of the great features that you can find in Anita Active sports bras:


- Both bras provide full coverage and fit wonderfully. They provide ample support for jogging and weight lifting. The extreme control version does provide more support (hence the name) and is suitable for HIIT workouts whereas the air control version is great for low impact and/or everyday activities
- Hook and eye closure for easy getting on and off: I dislike pullover sports bras. They're a pain to put on and take off. These bras have a 3-hook tier and can accommodate a wide range of band sizes.
- The band fits just right around my ribs (not too snug, not to loose). With the adjustable back, you can easily adjust the band to your liking
- I find the wide, adjustable straps on these bras to be a great feature. Thick padded straps give you the maximum comfort as well as support. They don't slide down when I work out and really keep the bounce factor to a minimum.
- The Anita Active air control sports bra are lined with lightweight microfiber fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin. The breathable mesh panels keep skin cool and well ventilated.


A good sports bra is the most important piece of clothing in a woman's gym bag and I am thoroughly impressed with all aspects of these bras to say the least. UK Lingerie offers free international shipping. How awesome is that? I received all my orders within a week.


Now onto my fitness challenge - I was 3.5 weeks into my challenge and had every intention of completing the challenge strong. I woke up last Wednesday around 1:00 a.m with an intense abdominal pain. I got up, took some Advil and went back to bed. I lay down for another 2 hours and the pain did not go away. Around 5:00 a.m, I woke my husband up and told him that we needed to do something as I was in serious pain. We dropped the kids off and went straight to the ER. The tech did an ultrasound and determined the pain was caused by gallstone blockage. Long story short, I had a surgery to remove my gallbladder around 2:00 p.m and got discharged by 10:00 p.m the same day. Disappointed would be a understatement. I took this challenge very seriously and had put every ounce of my effort into it. I want to prove to myself that I can do it even though it's one heck of a challenge. I had to cancel all my sessions last week and I am not in a position to be running and lifting weight anytime soon. I have 4 large incisions in my abdomen and let's just say, they're not cute. I'll spare you the details =) On a positive note, I am glad the gallbladder attack happened last week instead of when we're on vacation. This is not something I have control over and hope to have a speedy recovery.


Oregon fan said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad you are doing well. I wish you a speedy recovery. I think you did amazing on your challenge.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your recovery! Such an unfortunate thing to happen.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear Sydney!
In case you're interested: collagen is important for scars to heal well. Have you tried making bone broth? I get a whole chicken and use the bones, add water, carrots, dill weed, celery, bay leaves and onions -- and then I add 2 or 3 tablespoons of vinegar and simmer for about six to seven hours! It will be FULL of collagen... fabulous for skin, scar healing, joints, etc. (very gelatinous)

Another tip: the body needs vitamin C to produce collagen! Here's what I do: I buy a ton of lemons and use my citrus juicer... I then put the pure lemon juice into ice cube molds to freeze for a few hours 🍹 When it's ready, I put about 3 frozen lemon juice cubes into my NutriBullet, add water and a few leaves from my Stevia plant! It will be sooooo incredibly delicious... sweet WITHOUT spikes in your glucose levels.
I HOPE that helps!!!
Hugs ...Jenny