It’s the tail that wags the dog

Many days, I can be found wearing my own version of this from sunup to sundown:

You see, I am fortunate to have a lifestyle that allows me to wear comfortable workout gear made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. I don’t have to dress to impress. I have to dress to motivate. What I wear influences my daily expectations of myself and my intentions for the day’s activities.

My friend, it’s the tail that wags the dog.

Often, my workout happens in phases throughout the day. It might take me 12 hours to complete a 4 mile run, 30 minutes of toning, and 25 minutes of yoga. It takes the whole day because I incorporate it as a mom of two toddlers. I must be suited up and ready for any opportunity to get moving. It’s only practical.

An undeniable plus: hauling groceries, chasing kids, and vacuuming stairs is so much better in a pair of Wunder Unders than skinny jeans.

An undeniable trade-off: By 2pm, I smell less rosy than I prefer.

My husband (who is less functional a dresser than I) often says, “it looks like you just worked out or are about to workout.” To which I reply, “Isaac, my dear love, I am always about to workout.”

What about you? Do you find yourself motivated by what you wear?

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    01/17/2014 at 5:03 pm

    Hello Day makes me 😉

  • Reply
    Runners, are we annoying? | hello day
    03/18/2014 at 3:07 pm

    […] was a WSJ contributor. There is a time and place for everything, including running shorts (more here). Out of convenience, comfort, and defiance, I wear running/workout gear both before and after […]

  • Leave a Reply