I’m Spent: Back in the Sack

by Rachel on August 29, 2011

I couldn’t stay away forever, could I?

I’ve actually been really good about not going to Lululemon since losing my virginity to the store back in March. I knew that that store was nothing but trouble, the retail equivalent of the guy your parents warn you about.

I know it’s no good for me, but I can’t stop the way I feel!

I justified my trip there on Saturday because I actually needed something: a new yoga mat. The mat I had been using in yoga class was a $14.99 mat from Target that I got a few summers ago when I started doing Core Fusion Sport. It never really occurred to me that some mats might be better than others, that this coud be the yoga equivalent of training for a half-marathon in running shoes from Wal-mart. You probably could do it, but chances are, you’re going to want to look for a brand known for its quality and function. It hadn’t mattered before, because I only used the mat at home, on top of carpeted surfaces, and, quite honestly, not that frequently.

But now it was becoming an issue. When I started going to regular yoga classes in a studio this month, I realized that my gear needed an upgrade. It was so thin and I slipped in my own sweat more than a few times. I knew Lululemon would have mats, but I decided to see if there were any other good brands I should check out. When I posed the question on Twitter, Lululemon and Manduka were the only suggestions I got.

So I had to choose between Lululemon, the popular sexy bad boy, and Manduka, the rich, classy, good-looking guy.

Since Manduka mats are $100, I decided that maybe that guy was a bit out of my league and went for the Lululemon mat.

Eric dropped me off at the mall while he went to his golf lesson nearby, and, since his lesson was an hour, I did the responsible thing and didn’t go to Lululemon right away. I knew better than to give myself an hour in that store. I killed time wandering around the mall before going in and checking out the mat situation. They also sold the Manduka mat, and it was $98 compared to $68. Was it worth it? Should I just pay the extra $30 for the one with the lifetime warranty? If I were buying running sneakers, I’d pay $98; why wouldn’t I pay that for a mat? But then I decided, no, everyone says the less expensive mat is awesome and I’m not really ready for a lifetime commitment to yoga.

Once I found my mat, I moved on to my secondary goal: buying new yoga pants. My old cheap ones were trashed, and the leggings I bought last spring are awesome, but I need more than one pair of pants. Then I grabbed some tops…because, well, I couldn’t try on pants without seeing how they looked with workout tops, right?!

While I was checking myself out in the amazing pants and tanks, Eric called and said he was on his way back to get me. Apparently his lesson was only a half-hour. Oh, shit! I had to hurry up then. I grabbed the Astro pant and the mat and rushed to check out and meet him.

In the car, I told him it was a good thing he came when he did, because spending more time there would only have led to spending more money. He said that his golf instructor asked if he wanted to stick around and hit some balls, and he actually said, “Any other day I would…but my girlfriend is running rampant in the mall right now and I’m afraid of what she might do if I don’t get there soon.”

I tried to explain my purchases to him, but he refused to see why the pants were a smart investment or give me any credit for not buying the $98 mat. He wouldn’t even agree once I put on my new pants and showed him my rear view. He just doesn’t understand.

I wasn’t planning to go to yoga yesterday but, well, my mat wanted to go. So I took it and I loved it. It’s thick, grippy, and didn’t throw me off for sweating on it. Just like my first pair of Lululemon pants, the mat motivated me. I don’t think Lululemon is the bad boy at all…it’s just misunderstood.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dori August 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love this post. I don’t own a good mat, but I get to use the good stuff at exhale and it really is a HUGE difference. You did the right thing. Don’t worry that Eric does not understand — we all do!

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2 [SMASH] at Sweat. Style. Swoon. August 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

Boys just don’t understand. It’s like how I didn’t *want* to come to work today but I had a new outfit so it put a little spring in my step this morning. Weird how that works. ;)

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3 Melissa August 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

You needed those pants. And probably should go back for a top, too. I mean, if that mat is that great on its own, I’m pretty sure you’d have super powers if you were wearing all the lululemon attire. Just saying.

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4 mindy August 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

oh YAY you bought it! The rumors are true – this mat will change your practice. I was so sick of getting distracted by having to re-adjust my stupid towel everytime I chaturanga’ed. With the mat I have yet to slip (even in 90 minute HOT classes after sweating 1/3 of my body weight). You won’t be disappointed. Mind your toes though – the damn thing is so grippy that I’ve caught my toes/toenails on it while moving around & the pain is equivalent to a toe stubbing. Enjoy your new purchases!! :)

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5 Rachel August 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Oooh good to know! Yeah I struggled to move my feet a couple times yesterday…

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6 Ericka Andersen August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Ahh love it. This just made me think of how addicting Lulu is. I mean…I’ve only been there twice but I kind of obsess over it. It’s a good thing there isn’t one nearby or else my paychecks would be GONE. Nice ending too :)

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7 Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I honestly never even thought about my $12 mat from Amazon. I kind of though slippage and pain on my knees was just kind of a fact of yoga. Hmm it might be time to get a new mat!

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8 Liz August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Men never understand until it’s something they want and then cost is no longer a factor!

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9 Allison August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I love that you said your mat wanted to go to yoga. I’ve found a new way to motivate myself to run or work out when I’m dragging is to buy a cute new top or pair of shorts or whatever. Because then I can’t wait to try it out and show it off. Probably not the *best* motivation source for my bank account, but at least the majority of my work out clothes come from Target.

And Eric’s response about why he needed to pick you up — I can picture my boyfriend saying EXACTLY the same thing.

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10 Bridget August 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I could see Eric spending that on a new golf club! Probably even more….

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11 Rachel August 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I KNOW! He just bought new clubs actually…those things are not cheap!

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12 Laurie August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

My friend calls the Athleta catalogue “porn”. It’s the same as Lulu.

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13 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal August 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

ahhh, LuLuLove. I’m actually rocking my Reverse Groove Shorts as we speak (errr, I type). I have two pair and they are totally worth the collective $100 dropped…they don’t ride up when I run and are great at power or hot yoga (cause I sweat like a BEAST. yuck.). I think I need to get that mat though….drooling……

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14 Caity August 30, 2011 at 8:22 am

Sigh. Lulu – What is it about a bad boy that’s just so irresistible?

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15 Kari August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

My bf changed his mind when he saw my rear view in my Lulu pants. He’s now a big fan of the store, although he’s still baffled by the prices.

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16 Julie August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am

They are opening a lulu about a block from my gym. I am nervous. Haha.

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17 Rachel August 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I just made my first Lululemon purchase the other day – a cross back purple tank & I am absolutely in love!

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