Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra

First I want to state I did not receive this bra for free. I went out and bought it like everyone else. The company has no idea I am writing this review and I am not affiliated with them in any way. This is an honest review from someone who has been looking for the perfect bra for a very, very, very, long time. 

For as long as I can remember, I have always had to wear at least two sports bras whenever I did anything that was considered semi active. And because of my size, one of them had to have an underwire to provide enough support. Not the most comfortable..

Sports Bra

I bet you can just image the fun tan lines I get after a summer of running..

Like most women over the years my chest size has fluctuated but one thing has always remained- the uniqueness of my size. Currently I am a 32 FF. And no, I did not miss type. In the past, I have had to special order bras or get them altered to fit. And don’t get me started on how much money I have to spend… ugh!

Now that I am training for a half marathon, along with new shoes I needed a new bra. I head over to my favorite athletic store and talk with one of the sales ladies about my options. And to my surprise, she says she has the perfect bra for my figure and she promises I no longer have to do the double sports bra. I am skeptical but try it on. To be honest, I am not sure if I fell in love with the bra in the changing room or during my first run. I absolutely love the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra.

 

Bra Features:

  1. Interior unicup Design- gives support, shape, and complete modesty
  2. Interior Front Yoke- prevents vertical breast movement
  3. Powermesh Zones- on back offer maximum ventilation
  4. Front Adjustable Straps- with concealed hook-and-loop closure offer a custom fit on the move
  5. Adjustable Soft Padded Keyhole Back Closure- Offer a custom fit and support
  6. Encapsulation/Compression

This bra is designed for women who have small ribcages but a full chest size. I have been running with this bra for a week now and I am telling you, everything is secure! This bra is great for high impact sports but I personally think you can do about anything in this bra without being disappointed. 

Common questions about this bra:

Q: Will the straps in the back make me have back fat?
– The strap design should not create extra bulge, but the most important thing is proper fit. A comfortable tension at the straps and bottom band to ensure proper support. If it’s too loose, it won’t provide proper support, and if it’s too tight, it could dig in and be uncomfortable.

Q: What is the best way to determine the size you need?
– Most people who wear sports bras, go up a cup size and down a band size from their normal lingerie bra. Others stay the same size and also have a good fit. To best figure out the proper fit, we would suggest getting into a specialty running store to be fitted!

Q: What sizes do these bras come in?
– The band size goes from 30-40 and the cup size comes in a C, D, DD, and E

Q: How long should the bra last?
– The bra should last between 6 months and a year with regular use.

What I loved about this bra:

  • I can wear running tanks without having my bra show!!
  • It actually does a great job of giving shape. In the past I have had bras that made my chest look like some kind of  squished, odd sort of look that was not flattering under any shirt. This bra actually gives some shape, so you could wear it under anything.
  • The impact resistance is great. I’ve taken this bra out on some longish runs, and the girls did not move. The material for the band beneath is thick and sturdy, yet not overly tight, so you get a really good sense of control and stability. And I did not have to wear an underwire bra or two bras to get this!!
  • I liked the adjustable band. It keeps the elastic from wearing down from being too tight, and makes the overall fit much more individual.
  • The straps and razorback design are VERY comfortable on the shoulders and don’t leave dents after I am done wearing them. The open mesh in the back wicks away moisture pretty well. This is the kind of bra you forget you are wearing because it so that comfortable.

What I don’t like or didn’t care for:

  • This bra is a little difficult to get into and out of. After using it a handful of times, it is easier getting it on and off. But this isn’t the kind of bra you can just throw on. You need to take your time to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be.  Although the back has three hooks, the bra stays attached and you have to maneuver it over your head and breasts before you get it into the right spot. Some can step through but after having kids, my hips are a bit too big to do that.
  • The price is expensive. I ended up buying the 32E and it cost me $60. Expensive, you bet. But not all that surprising considering how much I have to spend on my regular bras.

Overall:

I highly recommend this bra if you struggle finding a bra that fits. I have never felt so supported while running before. But I think you should go into an athletic store and get sized. Once sized, I think it would be fine to order online but for this bra to work, you need the right size. The bra is expensive but well worth the money.

If you use this bra, I would love to know what you think!

 

April Highlights

April

Working out:

My goal for the month of April was to workout at least three times a week. I was able to do this!! I think it helps that I am training for a half marathon. I think my goal this next month needs to focus on water and sleep. I don’t take in nearly enough of either. I am feeling burnt out and exhausted. Taking a look at things, I am only getting around 5 hours a sleep a night and drinking far too much coffee to try and stay awake. Things need to change!! My goal for next month is to get 6-7 hours of sleep a night and drink the recommended amount of water each day.

New RunningThis month I bought a new workout outfit. I am really excited and haven’t bought anything new like this in a while. I am looking forward trying my new running skirt. I have never run in anything like this before but I am really excited to try it. The top is a light weight moisture wicking material. But the bra, the bra is what I am most excited about. For as log as I can remember, I have had to wear two sports bras whenever I did any athletic activity. But I have high hopes for this bra because it is designed for people like me, small rib cages but big chests. And supposedly I only need one bra… Look for reviews this coming month!

 

I blog about a couple things outside of how far I ran. One of the topics was called: Pushing through discouragement to find the silver lining. This post talks about my constant struggle with body image and my weight.

I also wrote up a really interesting article about protein powders. If you are wanting to start using one but not sure how to find a good protein powder, check out this post. It really is helpful with what to look for, avoid, and how much you should be taking. You can find the post here: Protein and Protein Powders

My total milage for the month: 41

Books I’ve Read:

Feb reading

This was not my month for reading. I am really disappointed in myself and promise to step things up next month. One of my Tuesday talks I had an amazing discussion with bloggers about reviews and what others want to see. If you missed this post, I would check it out here- Reviews and What We Want

My favorite book to read this month was Catch you (you can find the link to my review below). This book is lighthearted and a fun read. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout the entire book. It was a great read!

As far as books I really didn’t enjoy reading- Powerless. Ugh, I really hated this book. Yes, I said it- hate. The maturity of this book was below my tolerance level and I couldn’t finish the book.

Stormwalker (Stormwalker, #1)
Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)
Catch You (Love me, I’m Famous #.5)
Glass Ceiling (True Heroes, #2)

Writing:

Feb words

My goal for last month was to write chapters 7&8 and get to section D in my outline. Well, no surprise there but I didn’t get that far. I am still on chapter 7 and revising the previous chapters. This month was difficult for me to find time to do much.

My goal for the month of May will be similar- Finish my revisions and chapter seven. I feel like I have fallen off the wagon when it comes to this and I need to step things up. I need more time..

I did post a fun Writing Prompt this month. The goal of the prompt was to get me outside my writing comfort by writing in second person. You can find the prompt here: Writing Prompt Wednesday- Point of View 

This month I took a look at Beta Readers– the ins, outs, and importance of them. If you missed that post, you can find it here.

Fun and Interesting Posts to look back on:

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag – This is a fun post! There are three rounds where I pick books at random and have to decide which category they go in. If you missed this post, take a look. I would love to know how you feel about these books!

Updated Running Plan– I don’t really need an explanation here but in this post I also explain how a head concussion was the cause of all my knee issues.

Tuesday Talk- Blogging part two– This outlines some of the struggles we face in the blogging community as well as some possible solutions.

Tuesday Talk- First Lines– This post takes an in depth look at authors and reviewers favorite first lines. It also asks the question of how important first lines are with success of a book.

Twitter Account– Lets connect on Twitter!!

Pushing through Discouragement to find the Silver Lining

Last Monday, April 4th, I got on the scale and wanted to cry. I was 1.2 pounds away from my all time high. And all I could think was- how did this happen?!? But really, I know how it happened: It was all the drinking, eating junk food, and just eating more than I was burning off. My jeans that were comfortably loose became tight. My shirts no longer fit. And with the weather warming up, I can no longer hide is sweatshirts.

I can’t believe I am about to do this but I need to own my weight and the choices I make. So here I am..

Age: 31
Weight: 148.8
Percentage of body fat: 31.6 (Over normal/healthy range)
Body fat I needed to lose: 16.8lb.
BMI: 24.8 (normal)

before 1

So I decided to make a change! I started painfully counting calories, hitting the gym harder, and dropped my drinking to once a week. Using the app, Lose It!, I focused on my calories, fat, carbs, and protein.

To lose weight, the app gave me a budget of 1,269 calories per day. Ugh, did I mention how much I hate counting calories. My goal was to keep my carbs between 100-150g and my protein up around 111g. Not an easy feat!

So here is how I did:

  • Monday- Carbs (126g) Protein (80g) Calories (1,239)
  • Tuesday- Carbs (81g) Protein (110g) Calories (1,291)
  • Wednesday- Carbs (130g) Protein (75g) Calories (1,182)
  • Thursday- Carbs (120g) Protein (68g) Calories (1,029)
  • Friday- Carbs (147g) Protein (68g) Calories (1,243)
  • Saturday- Carbs (185g) Protein (75g) Calories (1,662)
  • Sunday- Carbs (132g) Protein (72g) Calories (1,738)

I did a good job on my carbs but protein is something different. Today is weigh in day, it has been one week and I am not expecting a miracle. I am hoping for something positive.

me

Age: 31
Weight: 148.8
Percentage of body fat: 30.3 (Over normal/healthy range)
Body fat I needed to lose: 14.1
BMI: 24.8 (normal)

I’ve improved some but I don’t think you can really tell in the pictures. Even though the number on the scale stayed the same, I lost 1.3% of body fat and how much body fat I need to lose has also went down 2.7lbs.

I need to keep in mind that it has only been a week but there are changes. So here I go with another week of hitting the gym hard, counting calories, and running 🙂

Protein and Protein Powders

My husband and I decided to look at our diets to make sure what we are eating isn’t negatively affecting our diets. One of the things we looked at is Protien and the various kinds of powders offered. I thought I would share my research incase anyone else was looking into this or wanted a helpful reminder.

How much protein do you actually need:

That depends on your goals and what you are trying to achieve. Below is a guideline, and I stress the word guideline because not everything works the same for everyone. And really, you need to do what is right for you and your body.

* Recreational Athletes need .5-.75 grams of protein per pound of body weight
* Competitive Athletes need .6-.9 grams of protein per pound of body weight
* Teenage Athletes need .8-.9 grams of protein per pound of body weight
* Athletes building muscle mass need .7-.9 grams of protein per pound of body weight

***Research says you should not exceed .9 grams of protein per pound of body weight.***

Example: An adult athlete weighing 175 who wants to build muscle mass, the max protein you would need is 157.5

Should I take Protein right before/after a workout:

If you are thinking about taking a protein supplement immediately after a workout, you should reconsider. According to Barbara Lewin, a dietitian and sports nutritionist who has worked with NFL, NBA, and NHL athletes and trained ironman competitors, She says, “Before, during, and after a workout, carbs are what your body needs. They’re what your body uses for fuel, and what your muscles run on. Yes, protein is also important for recovery after a workout, but research shows that at that point your body needs fuel with 4-1 or 5-1 ratio of carbs to protein.”

An example of what Lewin is talking about: After a workout if you took a protein powder, which usually has around 20 grams of protein per scoop, you would need about 80 grams of carbs to go with that one scoop to make sure you get the proper nutrients after a workout.

A better choice for after a workout snack is a smoothie with fruit, yogurt or mild or even chocolate milk. Yes, you read that correctly, chocolate milk.

So what type of Protein should I look at:

Like all products, there are good and bad ones out there. So how do you tell the difference? Well, you go to the experts. At muscleandfitness.com, they list the best and worst when looking for a protein supplement. Below is a recap of some of what they say but check out their sight for specific suggestions on whey protein products.

Whey Protein- According to muscle and fitness editor, Whey is one of the richest sources of BCAA’s, which include the three amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) which are critical for muscle growth and energy during workouts. Whey protein also contains biologically active protein microfractions (alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, glycomacropeptides, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase) which provide antioxidant benefits, boost immune function and enhance muscle recovery and growth.

Yeah, that was a mouthful. Bottom line, Whey protein is far more effective than any other protein form out there, but its effectiveness can vary based on the other ingredients companies add.

How to tell if my Whey Protein powders is good:

To be considered a great Whey protein the product MUST list whey protein isolate or hydrolyzed whey protein isolate as the very first ingredient. The reason behind this is because whey protein isolate is the purest form of protein you can get, with some being more than 90% of protein. And hydrolyzed whey protein isolates means that the whey has been pre-designed into smaller protein fragments for easier digestion.

You can’t just stop at the ingredient list, you have to take it one step further by doing some math. Take the grams of protein per serving and divide it by the serving size (in grams). This number will give you the percentage of protein in each serving and you want this number to be 80% or higher.

Example: Whey powder provides 25 grams of protein per 28 gram scoop, that protein powder is 90% protein and is a great whey protein for the money.

Meal Replacement:

Protein shakes can come in handy and help control your diet. When used as a meal replacement, it is best to pair them with a source of vegetables, fruit, and a healthy fat. Below is the recommendation for “super shakes” found at dailyburn.com

Men:
2 scoops of protein powder
1-2 cups vegetables (ex spinach)
2 handfuls fruit (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons of a healthy fat (nut butter or seeds)
Mixer (almond milk, milk, or water)

Women:
1 scoop of protein powder
1 cup vegetable
1 handful fruit
1 tablespoon of a healthy fat
Mixer

Keep in mind this is just a framework to start. Women usually need half the amount of protein then men do but if you find you need more, add more to your shake. Do what is right for you and your body!

What am I going to try:

Protein mix

I went with Gold Standard 100% Whey. I added 8 ounces of Almond milk and 1 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and it was delicious!! I am using this as a meal replacement today because our dinner is going to be a high calorie one, but very yummy. So I don’t want to miss out. But don’t worry, I will be having a snack later. Probably a yogurt and jerky.

This drink is:
Calories- 215
Fat- 8g
Carbohydrates- 7.8g
Protein- 27.5g

I think it would also be good with peanut butter and oatmeal. And I think next time I will need to try to add my veggies and fruit in the mix.

In the end..

I think you need to listen to your body and do what is right for you. I struggle getting the amount of protein in my diet that is required (111.75g) and needed to find an extra boost. I am going to try this for a month and see if I can see better results.

March Highlights

March

Working Out:

My goal last month was to run 13.1 miles. This month I actually ran 24 miles!! Yes, 24! That is almost double my goal. But looking back, my weeks are all over the place. One week I only ran once and another I ran four times. So for the month of April, my goal is to run/workout at least three times a week. I am adding working out because of my knees. Some days, they need a break and I might have to do some other type of machine.

Books I’ve Read:

Feb reading

Wow, did I read a lot of books this month. I don’t know why it always surprises me that I read so much, but wow..

Hands down, my favorite book to read this month was Midnight Marked. But I don’t think this is fair because I absolutely love this series. So my top suggestion if you are looking for a book is Good Girl. Check out my review, I promise you will love it!!

As far as a book I really did not enjoy reading- I would have to say it is close but Phantasma would be it. The lead character was just too annoying for me to stomach.

If you missed any of my reviews, below are the links to check them out 🙂

Dangerous to Know (Unbroken Heroes #1)
To Katie with Love 
Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12)
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)
The Undoing (Call of Crows, #2)
I wish you were mine (Oxford, #2)
Omega (Omega #1)
The Trial
Phantasma 
Good Girl

Writing:

Feb words

My writing was not as productive as I would have liked. I made it to chapter six, but I did far too many revisions and I still don’t have a title. Last months goals was to write for 10 minutes every day and work for 30 minutes each day on writing/editing/working on my book. Yeah, that just didn’t happen. Why? Because life happened and sometimes things just don’t work out. Although I think this is still a good goal, I am going to to change it so something a bit more flexible:

My goal for next month is to write chapter 7&8 and get to section D in my outline. Should be simple, but I already know this will be difficult to accomplish.

Fun and Interesting Post to look back on:

Writing, Erasing, Rewriting…Does it ever stop?
Did I ever tell you…
Help buying a running watch!!

Enough is Enough!!

When do you say enough is enough and throw in the towel? To be honest, I’m not sure it’s the same for everyone. But for me, I have reached that point where I realized I can’t keep going the route I am. I need help!

knee

Since I started running again, there has not been a day that my knee has not hurt. Usually I can just ignore the pain and move on with my day. But running has become a nightmare. The pain is bad and I struggle to get to three miles. Last summer I was running 11 miles and today I can’t even do 3.. It makes me want to cry. And to add insult to injury, I have gained 10 pounds and my jeans don’t fit. Now I really want to cry!

On Monday, I decided I needed to do something about it and I went to the chiropractic sports medicine facility at my gym. Talking to him, he things I have what is commonly known as runners knee but also I have muscles that have over developed and are pulling my tendons out of alignment. This is causing my cartilage in my knees to wear faster and causing pain.

sad face

He did a couple adjustments and gave me an exercise. Monday night my knee killed! I mean throbbing, impossible not to focus on pain. But all day yesterday, I was able to walk around, do yard work, etc without any pain. And this morning I ran 2 miles!! Ok, the two miles weren’t perfect but it wasn’t as bad as it usually is.

I really hope this works because my waste band can’t take much more and I just want to run. I want to be healthy and wear a damn two piece swimsuit this year!! Is that too much to ask..

So fingers crossed, I really hope this is the answer. If you have had any knee problems, please let me know what you have done to get over them. I could use all the help I can get 🙂

 

 

Help Buying a Running Watch!!

Today pushed me over the edge. While doing a much needed run, Map my run app decided to crash on me and I lost everything for my workout. I had no idea how far I went or what my pace was. Frustration doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel.

So I have decided I need to buy a running watch. I’m going to bite the bullet and spend the money. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have an idea of what I want but I’m not 100% sold.

If you are a runner, what sports watch do you use?