Baby Steps Toward Progress

This is my 4th week of exercise after being released to go back to the gym for cardio only. So far, so good. I had a down week last week, but I was still able to make my goal of 3 workout days a week.

Flex it Pink was running a 50 miles in May challenge and I thought there was no way I could do that many miles. You know what? I did it! I wasn’t even counting my miles for May. I just figured I would add them up at the end and if I made it, I made it. I have a tendency to push myself too hard and I didn’t want to risk hurting myself if I try and reach a goal right out of the gate. I was just looking for a little progress.

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I finished with a grand total of 72.29 miles! I couldn’t believe it!!! My mileage has slowly been going back up as the doctors were becoming less concerned with my carotid dissection and I was feeling more energetic, but that was an improvement of over 20 miles from April.

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May Miles
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April Miles

I consider this to be baby steps. After all, I have been down since September. I remember when I first started CrossFit, I was frustrated that I couldn’t do a box jump. I mean, I couldn’t even do a folded gymnastics pad(half a box). This “white girl” can’t jump. 🙂 My coach told me, “Baby steps. Start where you can and it will get there”. I will never forget that. It’s all going to get me somewhere. I can’t wait to see what June brings.

Stitch Fix Review for Tall Girls

I finally decided to give Stitch Fix a try. I’ve been hearing about Stitch Fix for a few years and love the styles that are picked for others that I’ve seen, but the cost has kept me from trying it. I had given PS by JustFab a try last month and you can read my review here, but I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the quality. I signed up for Stitch Fix after reading a review from a blogger that was tall and they were able to find styles for her.

Like PS by JustFab, you are charged a styling fee for each fix. For Stitch Fix it is $20 and they credit that back for any item that you keep. Shipping is free both ways, but they only give you 3 days to make your decisions and ship back any unwanted items.

Each fix contains 5 items. When you sign up for Stitch Fix, there is a comprehensive style quiz and sizes, colors, styles, likes, and dislikes. You can choose the frequency of your fixes. They have options for every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, every 3 months, or on demand. I chose on demand for the flexibility of choosing when I would like to have a fix and maybe be styled for a trip or special occasion. When you schedule, you can write a not to your personal stylist about any requests that you may have.

For my first Stitch Fix I wrote a note to my stylist about my frustration with finding jeans that are long enough, dresses that go past my knees, and my maxi dress obsession for summer and an upcoming cruise vacation in December. I also told her that I loved tops with feminine details. I did find that my fix was a little slow to be scheduled and shipped. I signed up on the 3rd and I didn’t receive it until the 11th. Considering the fact that they ship from Phoenix, a little over an hour away, I think it was a little slow. However, I did think that my first shipment was well thought out and my stylist listened to all my wishes.

I received 5 pieces in a shipping box which contained a return envelope with return label attached, a detailed statement with pricing for each item, cards that show each item and how to style them, and a personal statement from my stylist.

 

The first thing I was excited to see, was a pair of dark denim jeans. I’m a sucker for jeans! I think it comes from my childhood and having to wear mens jeans or Wranglers that I had altered to not be so boot cut. That was the only way I could get jeans with a 36″ or 37″ inseam. Now I go overboard when I find a brand or style long enough.

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Kut From The Kloth – Simmons Bootcut Jean – $88 and 41Hawthorn – Carla Crochet Blouse – $58

These jeans are fabulous! They have the right amount of stretch and the perfect length. Best of all…they make my butt look good! Unfortunately, I couldn’t justify the price for the price of these jeans. I’m losing weight and I was afraid to pay the $88 and not be able to wear them in a few months.

I paired the jeans with the Carla Crochet Detail Blouse by 41Hawthorn. The green color of this shirt is one of my favorite colors. I was very tempted to keep this shirt, but the shirt was $58 and a little too pricey for me.

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Skies are Blue – Zina Split Neck Top – $44

This shirt fit well. The pattern wasn’t my favorite and I prefer a smaller print. This style really seems to be in season and PS by JustFab sent me a dress with a similar pattern.

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41Hawthorn – Lawford Knit Top – $58

This shirt was all wrong. First off, I dislike stripes. Second, I dislike white. Third, it is way too clingy. Not to mention the $58 price tag. The only thing good about this shirt is the neckline that was trimmed in a leather look. It’s definitely going back.

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Q&A – Klera Maxi Dress – $78

The final item was this maxi dress. I’ve seen a lot of dresses with this sort of waistband this year. However, I think this style cuts me all wrong. Once of the drawbacks of being so tall, I guess. The top was cute, but it was still too short for me. A good maxi should touch the tops of your feet, or it should be a midi at the calves. This just looks funny.

If I had kept all of the items in this box, they offer a generous 25% discount. The total would have been $224.50 or roughly $45 each piece. That’s not too bad, but I didn’t love everything enough to pay that. I will definitely try Stitch Fix again some day. I’m happy to see that they offer sizes that would fit my 6’2″ frame. I wound up returning everything and they offered to waive the $20 styling fee for my next fix. If you are going to give Stitch Fix a try, please use my referral link.

On a side note – Please excuse my dog that always seems to be sneaking into my pictures. 🙂 My next posting will have better photographs. I took all these after a long day of work and I will have my very artistic daughter take the next round of photos.