Category Archives: obsessions

The Best Headband Ever

Q:  What is the most annoying thing that happens to Lauren almost every time she works out?

A:  Her headband doesn’t stay in place and snaps off the back of her head.

Ugh.  So frustrating!!  Have you ever had this happen to you??  If you have, you know how it goes…

The Headband Problem

You’re in the middle of burpees and notice fly-aways that you earlier tamed with a headband are now sticking to your face, getting in your eyes, and annoying the hell out of you!  So you stop and reach back to re-position the band only to find that it’s barely hanging on to your ponytail.

This same cycle happens multiple times over the course of a workout – position band, move for a few minutes, notice band is out of place, stop workout, reposition headband.

Unfortunately this is not a new problem.  I’ve never been able to get headbands to stay in place, and while I know my big head is largely to blame, it’s hard to believe there’s not a headband out there that can outlast my short 20 minute workouts.

The Under Armour Solution

Enter Birchbox and Under Armour.

As chance would have it, this month in my Birchbox I got a “Lifestyle Extra” which just happened to be an Under Armour headband.  I was pretty pumped to try a new brand’s band but was secretly dreading the moment it would pop off my head mid-workout like every other headband in the universe.

Excitement and skepticism filled me when I opened up my
January Birchbox and found an Under Armour headband inside.

It was tempting to just toss it out with the empty box, but figured I could at least test it in one workout.

Well, I am ecstatic to report that this puppy is the BEST headband I’ve ever used!  And I’ve tried some quality headbands over the past few years!

While it initially felt a tad too snug, I quickly realized that this is one of two primary reasons the headband stays in place.

photo-26 Seriously, this headband did not move from this
spot for the entire workout!  And I thought you might
want a special photo of my ear…

Why the Braids Work

The single headband is made of 3 separate bands woven together.  These braided bands make for a tight fit without any discomfort.

photo-24 Three of their “mini” bands are woven together to create one thicker band.

The second reason the band stays in place is that each band is rubberized on one side.  These two elements, separately, have failed miserably in other brands’ bands that I’ve tried.  However, Under Armour’s combination is spot on!  You gotta give these a try!

photo-25 The flip side is rubberized and what keeps it in place.  Hallelujah!!

If you were one of the players that had pre-wrap popping off her head every practice OR who these days is always losing her headband at the gym, then give these Under Armour headbands a go.  They’re not cheap but they’re absolutely worth it!

Like I said, I know I’m not the only one out there with headband problems.  Leave a Y for “yup that’s me!” in the comments if you’ve ever experienced headband woes.  :)

<3 Lauren

A Short Break… But I’ll be Back Soon!

Whew!  It is hard to believe that my move is almost here!  I’m putting the finishing touches on projects, drastically simplifying my life, and getting ready to move next week!  Eek!

I even sold my car since I won’t be needing one living in NYC!  That was SUPER weird to me, because I’ve had a car since I had a driver’s license.  It’s definitely an odd feeling being officially without wheels (even though I have a rental until I leave).

Anyway, with all I have left to do over the next week or so, it’s going to be pretty tough to be 100% sure I get a post up next week.

I don’t want you to think I’ve forgotten you, so I wanted you to know ahead of time that you may not hear from me until mid-June.  I’m hoping to have an interview with another former student athlete ready for you by June 12th.  Then by the following week, I should be back at it.

Please try not to cry…  Seriously, keep it together… If you start crying, I’ll start crying and then we’ll both be one big crying mess. 

Plus, I tend to cry more when I’m stressed anyway so it won’t take much for the waterworks to start…

Going a week or two without a post from me is going to be EXTREMELY difficult to handle, I know ;)   So, to help distract you from the pain of disconnection, I’m providing you with some fantastic blogs and websites full of generally awesome stuff to go check out.

I know a few of these folks personally, and I can vouch that 1- they’re legit and 2- their stuff is awesome.  Some have been blogging longing than others, but they’re ALL worth checking out!

Enjoy!  I’ll be back soon, y’all!


FUN and AWESOME places to go.  You can find most of these peeps/groups on FB and Twitter, too, so be sure to Like and/or Follow them!

Jill Coleman (my mentor – seriously awesome stuff – she’s all about fitness and getting in the right frame of mind when it comes to deal with your body and life in general)

Metabolic Effect (have you noticed I love their stuff!?  LOL)
Website and blog:

Neghar Fonooni (she’s good friends with Jill, lifts heavy and does yoga – I am jealous of her strong legs, btw)

Jen Sickler (another friend of Jill’s and awesome gal!)

Cut the Fat Podcast (they have great podcasts and a blog, too!)

The Smarter Science of Slim (all sorts of good info via blogs, podcasts, etc.)

The Sweaty Betties

LifeHacker (all sorts of random info – love it)

Brain Pickings (more random info that’s gear more towards art, literature, etc.)

Ink Young (she has all sorts of info on raising healthy kids)

Robb Wolf

Susan Cain (she wrote the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” and I loved it!  Give it a read if you are an introvert or know one… it’ll give you massive insights into introverts)