After a little blogging break to recharge my batteries, I am back! I’m sure you all missed me *cough*. I thought I’d crack straight on with an outfit post, and in this case an outfit post with a difference, that is perhaps the hardest one I think that I’ve ever written or taken photos for. In actual fact I have come to the conclusion that Momma Love has the patience of a saint helping me take these photos at the weekend as there were many mass deletions and pleas to ‘take them just one more time’.

I am going to get a little personal in the next paragraph, so if anyone doesn’t want to read further, or is affected by the discussion of body image I’d advise you not to click the read more link <3

I’d decided months ago that I wanted to show you all the typical things that I wear for the gym, and where to get decent gym clothes on a budget, however actually taking these photos was a whole different kettle of fish. Without putting too much emphasis on negativity, I have a real problem with my figure. I know that on the whole I am very lucky to be the size and shape that I am, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly comparing myself to others and doing anything I possibly can to change my shape – it causes me extreme distress on a daily basis and is a constant source of misery for me.

When I joined the gym last year after retiring from dancing, the temptation was very great to go to my local sports shop and deck myself out head to toe in top of the range sportswear (I have a thing for looking the part), however I managed to stop myself and instead headed into my local Primark store. Can you believe that everything I’m wearing (bar the trainers) came to under £10? Their range of gym clothes is brilliant, with tonnes of choice and surprisingly the quality is fantastic. I also managed to pick up this pair of Nikes from my local Nike outlet store at Cheshire Oaks. I’m not even sure what style they are, but they are so comfortable and came in at a beautiful little £40!

Now that I’ve been regularly attending the gym, I’ve actually got past the point where I want to spend lots of money on expensive clothes. My budget buys have been more than sufficient and its actually really taught me a lesson on buying clothes just for the brand rather than the quality! Do you have any budget gym wear favourites?

// Sports Bra: Primark // Running leggings: Primark // Trainers: Nike // 


  1. Carmen Varner
    December 3, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    First things first, you look spectacular. I'd take workout photos every day if I looked like this. Second, we are harder on ourselves than anyone else. Third, "You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do." Fourth, I really need some cute workout clothes! :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  2. Alice Young
    December 4, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I never realised that the workout clothes from Primark were that good quality! Deffo heading down there to pick some up!The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

  3. Eatlovemerry
    December 5, 2014 / 6:41 am

    So lovely! x

  4. Rachel
    December 5, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    i have the exact same issues about my body also, don't worry cos you look AMAZING in your workout gear!Rachel // Style Soup

  5. Shannon Beer
    December 5, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    I need to head to primark, gym clothes from anywhere else are so expensive!

  6. Sarah Laird
    December 5, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    I currently work out in tatty leggings and an oversized tee but the gym wear in Primark always catches my eye, its so good! Its a shame to hear you're so down on yourself and I think its the painful reality for a lot of young women. We all need to work on suppressing that little voice that makes us question the beauty we actually see in the mirror! xxViva Epernay | Benefit Giveaway

  7. Lucy Abbaszadeh
    December 5, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    I love primarks gym wear it's amazing! I think it's great to promote having a healthy lifestyle like you are and I don't think many people are 100% happy with their bodies I know I'm not! Lucy xwww.lucyabbaszadeh.co.uk

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