Why I love the HLB Community [ and Lululemon ] – life+running

Why I love the HLB Community [ and Lululemon ]

I’ve been blogging for nearly four years. My blog has changed direction several times, and only recently have I found my voice, thanks partly to my discovery of a whole community of people who have similar interests, problems, and goals: Healthy Living Blogs (HLB).

1. Support and interesting discussions.
I have some pretty awesome real-life friends, but not all of them want to hear about running and recipes all the time. Since fully embracing the Healthy Living Blogging community, I have received an outstanding amount of support in my endeavors to live healthfully (mentally and physically) and have been more open and honest with topics I never would have thought to post on my blog — including motherhood, my future plans, and body image, to name a few.

2. People with similar interests who post ideas for things I want to try and direct me to new things that I love.

Nevermind the countless recipes and workout ideas I’ve gotten from this community. Can we talk about Lululemon for a second? I wouldn’t have known this incredible company existed if it weren’t for fellow HLBers.

Before you comment about how $50 for a sports bra is insane, I’ll have you know that this company has a 5-year warranty on its items, and has the incredible customer service to back that up. As a design geek, I’m compelled to mention that all their clothing abides to the “form follows function” rule with pockets and supportive bras in running gear as well as vents (that look like lace) in other gear. AND some of their items are easy to sneak into your regular wardrobe. 😉

I recently went on a search for a Chaturanga Tank in a size 6. I don’t have a lulu here or within 200 miles, so I talked to customer service who suggested I talk to MN and NE stores. Meanwhile, my HLB friends were stopping by local stores to see if they could find one for me, but unfortunately had no luck. I finally found one tank at the Grand Ave. store in Minneapolis, and they allowed me to purchase over the phone with my credit card, though they normally don’t do that. I got this in the mail a few days later (complete with a handwritten thank you):

incredible customer service from lululemon with chaturanga tank \\ lifeplusrunning.com

incredible customer service from lululemon with chaturanga tank \\ lifeplusrunning.com

So yeah. HLB friends — thank you for introducing me to Lululemon. My wallet does not thank you, but my wardrobe does

3. Two words: Blend Retreat.

Blend was the brainchild of three lovely ladies (Lindsay, Janetha and Katie). It was a weekend in Colorado I’ll never forget. You could read through my countless recaps (seriously, I wrote five — here, here, here, here, and here), or you could just imagine climbing a mountain in Colorado, eating a tub of Chobani topped with Xagaveat the top, and returning to the bottom to a giant sweaty group hug. Basically, that was the weekend in a nutshell.

The girls I met that weekend are not only inspiring, but are smart, beautiful, and have been a great support group (even after the event). I learned so much about myself that weekend and found people who have been going through a lot of similar things as I have. Hell, one of my blends is even privy to my super secret blog (basically my diary of crazy thoughts. you don’t want a subscription. trust me.)lauren from oatmeal after spinning, lindsay from Lindsay's list, heather from kiss my broccoli and me hiking up the flatirons at blend retreat in may 2012 // lifeplusrunning.com

[Lauren’s photo: Lauren, Lindsay, Heather and me]

[Lauren’s photo: Laura, me, Lauren and Christine]

There’s another Blend semi-planned for next May, and if I don’t get to go, I will be beyond sad (Lindsay: How about NOT the first weekend in May).


Do you blog? What do you blog about? Can I read your blog? 🙂 

PS: Another reason I love this community is being able to guest post on some of my favorite blogger’s blogs. Here are a few guest posts that I’ve done recently:

How to Survive a Nasty Breakup Like a Boss — on [insertclevertitlehere]

How NOT to Train for a Marathon (or anything else for that matter) — on The No Sugar Sweet Life

How to look Crafty without Getting Glue all over your Fingers — on Oatmeal After Spinning

Featured Blogger: Calee Himes, FroCHO Extraordinaire! — on Chobani’s Blog

AND I have my own column on Twenties Hacker called Fit Your Fancy (FYF), which you can find under my “sweat” tab up top:

Fit Your Fancy (preview)

Gym Bag Arsenal

Lunch Crunch Workout

Good Vibrations + Workout Playlist 

Battle of the Bulge

Review: To Shred or Not to Shred

Gym Etiquette Rule #1

The Procrastinator’s 6-Week 5K Training Plan

Fitting it All In — Installment 1

Fitting it All In — Installment 2

Fitting it All In — Installment 3





9 Comment

  1. Cheers! I echo everything you said. Well, OK, I don’t have the same Lululemon obsession, as I’ve only recently started paying any attention to the clothes I’m wearing while running and wore the same pair of Sofe shorts for probably 10 years. [And am I wearing them right now? Maybe.] I wished I did though, because I wanted to title the Lemon Bar NB reveal “Lu…lu….Lemon Bar!” Although, now that I think about it, maybe I should work out some sort of partnership deal with them on that.

    Daily ramble from Sarah on your blog complete.

  2. I don’t have the same Lulu obsession either- BUT, if I lived closer to one, I probably would. I just have not “allowed” myself to, because I already empty my pockets at REI way too often. But- whoa- 5 year warranty? I am definitely a big believer in paying more for a better product that won’t need to be replaced (or quite as often anyway).
    One of your Blends is privy to your super secret diary? 😉 Mwahahahaha
    And WORD. I don’t know what I ever did before discovering this blogging thing. Well, I spent a lot less time at my computer… 😉

    1. I might need to double check the lulu 5 year thing. I swear I saw that somewhere though and I’ve heard it …. and I need to quit. Seriously. It’s bad.

  3. I am new to the Healthy Living Blog scene (March 2012) but am really enjoying it so far. I’d love to attend this wonderful blend retreat sometime as well as some of the others I’ve read about. Maybe someday… I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog, love it!

  4. i simply love that picture of us! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before today!

  5. Hi, I just stumbled across HLB today and your post reinforces the stated benefits, so thank you for sharing. Looks like it’s time to join up. Looking forward to more of your adventures 🙂

    Fitnessbuster supporting you in improving your fitness and nutrition.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      yay! I’m glad you found the HLB community. It is *great*.

  6. Diana says: Reply

    I think I just found my blog soulmate. A crafty runner who does and loves lululemon and DiY?? Omg you’re my new favorite blogger! They just built a lulu in Tampa and trust me Having it so close has been a nightmare for my wallet and I walk around giving the 5 year warranty speech all the time 🙂

  7. […] If you’ve been hanging out with my blog for a while, you might have heard me talk about Lululemon — a lot. I love their products. Everything is cute, comfortable, and most importantly functional. Word on the street is that their products have a 5-year warranty, but I can’t find the language on their website to back that up, so I’m chalking it up to urban legend. Though, I have had more-than-fantastic interactions with their customer service. […]

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