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.