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The MiBra Giveaway & The “Vote For Me!” Plea

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In last week’s post, I shared a couple of insane photos of myself…including this beauty:

Believe it or not, that ain't even all of my hair. Half of it is up in a clip. LOL

Much to my surprise, I got a couple of e-mails not caring too much about my hair (even though that ‘fro was kinda large)… but trying to find out the details on my sports bra. I’m not used to that… after going from a 42DD down to a 34B, I pretty much feel like no one’s looking down there anyway, regardless of what gear I’m wearing.

I saw the sports bra on a review on another site, and decided to give it a shot. I don’t really have too many bras that fit, and my sports bras are certainly too large now. Why not? That sports bra, called the MiBra, is easily my favorite thing to wear. It rocks.

First of all, the thing is soft.. almost second-skin soft. When I run, there’s no big bulky band anywhere on it scraping against my arm or my skin. I regularly forget that I have the thing on.

But for me… the thing that I love about the MiBra is the pocket in the front. If you’re an avid runner, you know how frustrating it can be holding stuff in your hands… and while I have an armband for my phone, I hate the way that thing scrapes against my arms, slides down, yadda, yadda… with my MiBra, I can just slide the phone inside the pocket and go on listening to my music. Don’t worry about wearing a shirt over your MiBra with your music in the pocket – I do it all the time, no problems. There’s also a cover that covers that top green part that you see there in that photo, I just didn’t use it for the sake of the photo.

Surprisingly, after reaching out to the maker of the MiBra on twitter to tell her how much I dug her product, she reached right back and decided to offer up one for a giveaway!

Want a free MiBra? You’ve got three ways to enter:

  1. Drop a comment here telling me about your workout routine, and how you think the MiBra might help you out! I want juicy details! If you’re running up and down stairs for a half an hour, listening to instructional yoga mp3s or lifting weights… share that! Get a little inspiration going, here. You might even give someone a new creative exercise to add to their routine! (Remember.. we help each other, here. :))
  2. Join the MiBra facebook fan page!
  3. Comment here – again – telling me that you voted for me in the Black Weblog Awards for Best Health or Wellness Blog category! That’s right – BGG2WL is a finalist thanks to you! Let’s do what we can to bring it home! :)

Contest ends Thursday so get voting, commenting and posting! Looking forward to seeing what y’all have going on in those comments!

Update: The largest size the MiBra can accommodate is a 40D at this time… but don’t worry. I fully intend to harass petition her to go up a size for you gals with the extra boobage. :)

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.

46 Comments

  1. Sarah

    August 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    FYI: I didn’t see sizing information anywhere on their website (as in, the range of cup sizes a small will accomodate, vs. a medium, vs. a large, etc.). I would like to participate in this giveaway, but I’m a 40DDD — not sure if the large would hold a busty gal like me.

    And, congrats on the well-deserved nomination.

    • Erika

      August 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM

      I will get to her, and I’ll come back and update the post!

  2. Ti

    August 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    For the top heavy ladies like myself, the elomi “energise” sports bra is the ticket. i’m a J and it is like heaven. really holds everything in place. it is NOT an everyday bra – comforable for exercise only.

    btw, voting for the blog but don’t want to enter the contest.

  3. Pepi

    August 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    This bra would be perfect for me as I am (now) an avid runner! I hate holding my ipod and wearing it on my hip, it is awkward in both positions. This bra looks like the solution to my problem. However, I am a biiiiig busted girl and am wondering about the sizes! It looks like a great bra!!!!

  4. Risha

    August 2, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    I love that bra and that fact that it has a pocket is exactly what I’m looking for. I take my dog out for walks and try not to have anything in my hands other than the leash. Sometimes it’s difficult when carrying a cell phone, etc and not having pockets in my leggings. I use my cell phone to listen to music and give me some rhythm to walk to. Thanks so much for your blog… I love it!! BTW… I also joined the MiBra Facebook fan page and voted 4 u in the Black Weblogs Awards.

  5. ChellBellz

    August 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    jealous that you went from a DD to a B Cup…suffering with DDDs

  6. Bluebee

    August 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    You are truly a blessing and your site was totally brought in to my life for a reason. I appreciate your guidance you give to women. You give the same advice I give to my friends that are trying to lose weight and I thank you. By the way… I love your hair like the way that it is. It is beautiful. As long as you love it then that’s all that matters. I went from having long hair down my back to a Rihanna cut (as my hair dresser calls it). even though everyone told me not to do it. The first time I cut 19 inches off and donated it to Locks of Love.
    As for my work out.. I swim a half a mile every morning at 615am (in an outdoor pool.) No matter the weather and no matter how tired I am.. I get up and do it. I know the wonderful feeling of life I get after swimming, it’s my drug of choice. It’s a wonderful way to wake as well.
    Then after work I go home and then go for a 3.83 mile walk/run and again I get the fresh breath of life and and incredible feeling of being alive. I will do it in the rain, cold, sun and if it snowed in California I would do it too.
    I am trying to make a workout play list to Walk/run to.. music that inspires me.. music that gets me going but putting my itouch in my bra doesn’t not work so I rarely bring my music with me. and I don’t have running pants with pockets and I can’t run with a sweater on. I sweat like crazy. I know my run is extra wonderful the harder I sweat.
    Last month I was unable to run the 3.83 miles in the normal area I run but that didn’t stop me. I ran in the neighborhood I was staying in… and there was a slight incline and STEEP hill that I ran up… that was a killer… but I still did it any way. Even though some days with no energy… I walked at a semi fast pace. I noticed that after my run I felt like i had a 2 hour nap… full of energy.
    I always said I would never run and I just wanted to swim.. Now look at me.. I am addicted to running.
    I was only going to run Monday thru Thursday when I first started running.. but never tried it. I run Monday Thru Friday and most Saturdays.
    I have so many people that discourage me from swimming in the morning and running in the afternoon but I am doing it for myself and my health. My mood and spirit are so much brighter when I run and swim everyday. I am happier with life and those around me.
    I have people make mean comments to me but I look at them and I say “what are you doing to help yourself?”
    Again Thank you for the love and advice you give… :)

  7. Bluebee

    August 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    I think I forgot to mention I did vote for you as well.. good luck and keep being that inspiration

  8. Ladi Ohm

    August 2, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Just cast my vote! Good luck Soror!

  9. cjbrownsc

    August 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Wow! DD to B?! Quite impressive!
    I would love to have a MiBra not for myself, but for my daughter. She has recently started working out with me, but is very attached to her beloved iPhone, which she holds in her hand the whole time.
    Our routine consists of some form of cardio (AMT machine, elliptical, or treadmill) for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week followed by strength training.
    We will also begin adding swimming to our routine as we both just finished taking an intermediate swim lessons class.

    PS: I don’t know if the MiBra comes in her size (G cup), but it’s worth a try.
    I voted for you and joined the MiBra Facebook page

  10. Elecia

    August 2, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I work out 6 days a week and I vary my routine. I did 60 mins on the elliptical yesterday, today it was 40 minutes of aerobics with weights. That sports bra would help me get an extra bounce in my step as I jam to my workout playlist. I’m on my way to vote. Good luck and thanks for all you do. You’re my morning cup of “coffee”!

  11. Jeloi

    August 2, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I voted because your site is an inspiration!

  12. JustMe

    August 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    I am a runner that is about to start training for a half marathon. I need this bra because I have a non-ipod mp3 player and the current armband that I have is funky as heck (I know gross)! Since it’s not an ipod, I’ve been having a hard time finding arm band accessories that fit my mp3 and arm correctly. This bra will keep the music pumping and allow me to banish the funky armband! I’m also voting for you!

  13. Monique

    August 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    The bra is nice but i voted for you cuase this is hands down the BEST web site for health and fitness ive ever seen,i tell every one i know about it and as ive said in another post i keep u open in a window on my pc that never closes until i do my weekly reboot,and thanks to you i will never diet ever again, it’s all about a healthy life style change that will help be maintain a healthy life style and maybe even be able to run and play foot ball with my son *thats what i really want* i hope u win

  14. lisaalford

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    I dont usually write comments, but a chance at winning a free sports bra was my motivaton.
    For starters, I am 5’3″ and 314 lbs. I know how to eat. I must say that I am a Weight watcher Professional: I can simply look at a food item and calculate the points. For years, I have joined and rejoined WW only to lose–and gain– the same ten pounds. It wasnt until my job (La County DCFS) started this Biggest Loser promotion. I joined it for the support and comaraderie of my co-workers. It worked for a while, but once you get caught up in a case which makes you stop working out for a couple days–it was a wrap for me. And thats exactly what happened to me, which resulted in my plateau that lasted for almost a month. Two weeks ago, I got an email about an Extreme Boot Camp that La County was sponsoring. I looked it up and realized that there was a camp located a few miles from my job. By this time, I was about to give up and decided to give it a try. I am on my second week (three days a week for an hour)of military style jumping jacks, push ups, and my dreaded jogging–but without the yelling. My instructors are so supportive. For example, when we started jogging, I jogged for ten feet and started to pass out, so I started power walking. while everybody else is across the park, here I was still huffing, pumping my arms and walking as fast as I could. I anticipated that the instructors would start yelling at me to keep up with the pack–instead, my instructor–Mike–walked along with me, cheering me on and encouraging me. Yeah, I was the LAST person to finish the mile–but with Mikes help, I finished it. I am 3.2 lbs lighter and on week three of the camp.

    Right now, to keep “the girls” from coming out, I am tightening my bra by closing the clasps at the last one. Its very tight, but I still find myself having to push them back in after an exercise.

    I would love the opportunity to win the bra. I know that having the grils secure will enable me to complete my bootcamp with confidence. Thanks…

  15. Rita

    August 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Omg! I can’t believe this bra exists but wow!
    My workout routine is full of daily struggles, I constantly catch myself getting not only lazy but plain bored so I try to switch it up or find “eye candy” to help me keep going. I currently workout twice per day if scheduling permits…..my morning workout consists of running daily for 15-30 minutes either on the treadmill or on the track at a local park, followed by 30 minutes of weight lifting using a combination of free weights and machine weights. After a long day at work, my evening workout involves either 1 hour of yoga or spin class followed by 20 minutes of crunches/sit ups. (On days when I have a tight schedule my workout routine is alot simpler…20 minute jog around my complex, 20-30 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes of quiet time doing absolutely nothing.) I’ve been able to maintain this routine since April 2010, how much weight have I lost in total? I have no clue, I’m more concerned with better health. I judge my progress on how my clothes fit and what increases have I made in this week’s workout. It’s been awesome cause I can now run about 1.5 miles in 20 minutes and am now looking to improve my time.

    Oh and yes I did vote!

  16. Eunice

    August 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Oooooh awesome giveaway!

    When I run, I use an app called RunKeeper to keep track of mileage/pace etc. It would be muy awesome if I could carry my phone in a little bra pouch like that! This would also be great for when I spin on my own, since I like to make spinning playlists full of booty dancing music. And, finally, this would be a fantastic place to stash snacks.

  17. Eunice

    August 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Also, I voted for you!

    While browsing, I found a blog with a series called Why I Love Black Men. And, I do. So, thanks!

  18. Erika Miley

    August 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    I run everyday, I do yoga everyday, and have yet to find a fantastic sports bra! I totally want to try this bra out. If I don’t win the giveaway I will probably grab one next pay day. It is such a pain to wear a strap that goes around the arm… they rub and can pinch (at least mine does). I would be so stoked to win :)

  19. Tam

    August 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Currently I’m doing TurboFire workout which is High Intensity Interval Training set to some great music. I also run frequently, anywhere between 3-6 miles and occasionally longer. Having music play while I run helps me push myself more and it makes the miles fly by. I’d love to win this bra because sometimes I put my ipod directly in my sportsbra but that usually results in it getting all sweaty. I’m a 34C if that matters. Does this bra really keep you secure? I don’t like my breast to really move at all when i work out.

    P.S. I would be voting for your blog regardless, this is the best healthy living blog I’ve come across. I love all of your posts and often send the link to friends that I know could use your great advice. Thank you!

  20. Carolina

    August 3, 2010 at 5:51 AM

    Hi Everyone – If you have any questions regarding the Mi-Bra, please let me know. :-) I really appreciate it.
    Ohhh and thank you for joining my facebook page.

  21. Melissa

    August 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    i work out like crazy…running, jumping jacks, sit ups, the works. the MiBra looks perfect for me. i’d love to win one.
    thanks for the giveaway! :)

  22. Emma

    August 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    I don’t really have a routine yet. I went jogging around the blog once in a while, but I am telling you, regular bras just won’t do it. Imagine the strap keeps falling, or the underwire keeps shifting if there were one (two, lol)! I listen to my ipod only when I do the stationary bike at home, just too dangerous when jogging outside (I need to pay attention to the traffic!)

  23. Emma

    August 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    I Joined the MiBra facebook fan page – Emma B.

  24. Emma

    August 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I Voted for you on “the Black Weblog Awards for Best Health or Wellness Blog category” – Good luck!

  25. Elita @ Blacktating

    August 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I run three times a week as I’m doing the Couch to 5K program in order to run a 5K that my company does every year in September. I WANT TO WIN, GIRL. First place gets a monetary prize and I would so love to go from lazy lump on the couch to winning a race!

  26. Elita @ Blacktating

    August 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    I voted for you in the Black Weblog Awards today!

  27. Angela A

    August 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    I would love to try this bra! I bike ride and I power walk in my neighborhood; I bring my kids along with me either in my bike trailer or they can ride their bikes along with me.

  28. Heli

    August 4, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    This is really cool! It would be very helpful for my running routine. I’m doing a couch to 5k program on my iPod, which I currently carry in the side pocket of my shorts. This means, of course, that I can only wear shorts w/pockets, and hope the iPod doesn’t bounce out too often, disconnecting my headphones and making me mad.

    I’m also down several bra sizes (from 40DDD to 36D, on the verge of 34D or 36C) and am loving the greater variety of sports bras available to me. But this one is unique and so innovative!

  29. Heli

    August 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Oh, and I just voted for your blog. I love reading your posts, you are an incredible inspiration and I just love your style and approach to fitness. You are a great motivator, and this medium works well for your message!

  30. Dani

    August 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I’ve just recently came across your site while voting and I truly love it! I love the honesty and encouragement and great tips. I started working out… again a few weeks ago and this time I’m trying to do it the right way. I been going to the gym daily and actually started counting my calories… especially after 1. Seeing Jennifer Hudson on Instyle magazine (she used weight watchers) and 2. reading a couple of your post. I do 45 minutes cardio (elliptical or treadmill) and then 30 minutes light weights. I recently found an article online about polymetric excercises from Self magazine that pretty much includes strenth training and cardio all in one. The MiBra would be great for running and with the polymetric exercises since I LOVE am lost without my Ipod when working out. I am a size 36HH-Crossing my fingers that they have my size!!!

  31. lori

    August 4, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I do p90x and walk in the park and i love the fact it has a pocket, perfect for my ipod

  32. Dana

    August 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    I train for half marathons! So I have to stick to a running schedule and I do plyos and yoga at home. I would love to have the MiBra so that I don’t have to always worry about my iPod moving all over the place. I use SadieNardini for Yoga on Youtube. LOVE her and I just started trying @THEJNL workouts on Youtube too.

  33. Danielle Grace

    August 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    My workout includes a program by Team Beachbody (same makers of P90X) and it’s called TURBO FIRE!!!! Best workout program ever!!! I do it everyday and each day it has different classes. It’s an intense cardio training program that’s all about high intensity and high interval training which is the best! I definitely need a new sports bra since the one I’m wearing is way too big so it doesn’t help when I’m running around and doing my jacks and what not with the program so I need to keep the girls protected so I can focus on bringing the intensity and not falling out. :D

  34. Danielle Grace

    August 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    And girl you already know I voted for you! I love this site I check it out everyday cause your articles are interesting and so informative as I continue on my fitness journey!

  35. ikkinlala

    August 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    May Canadians enter?

    I don’t run very often, but I love to hike and dance. I could use a better sports bra for the dancing.

  36. Jenna Z

    August 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    I mainly run and a tight bra is a must, I HATE jiggling, it makes it hard to breath! I also love taking Zumba classes at the gym and that is some MAJOR jiggling if your sports bra isn’t the correct size. (I lost some of my bust and now have bras that a touch too large, bad!!)

  37. Stephanie

    April 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    I have been looking for a good bra to use during my workouts. My cardio includes 100 stair runs, holding 10lb weights, which takes about an hr, or jumping jacks holding 5 lb weights or an hr on the elliptical. All of which cause major bounce and discomfort. I need this bra!! Thanks for the recommendation.

  38. Taisha

    July 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    If it’s boobage you want, I’ve got plenty. My bra size is currently 40G and in every activity I participate in The Twins make sure I don’t forget they’re along for the ride. As I continue along my weight loss journey, loosing SOME of my chest will be a welcome change. I’m hoping with the MiBra I can stop doubling up my bras to give me support I need during a workout. If these babies aren’t strapped down, I’m likely to knock myself out :)

    Right now ‘running’ is my primary source of cardio. I’m 3 weeks into the C25K training program. I’m preparing for a 5K on 9/11/11. My goal is to complete the event in <40 minutes. I also work in a strength training circuit to help build some muscle & ramp up my fat burning activity. On days when I'm feeling really sore, but still need to get in some activity, I opt for a few laps in the pool of some yoga.

    I've still got a while to go on my journey, but with help of this blog, I know I've got plenty of support along the way.

    Thanks for all you do!

    SN: I've joined the MiBra fan page, and you've got my vote!!

  39. Holly

    July 26, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Every Monday and Wednesday morning I kill myself with a Jillian Michaels DVD (I go back and forth between her No More Trouble Zones and her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism DVDs). So far I’m still on level one of each and I sometimes have to pause the DVD to catch my breath, but I’m proud of myself for being able to get through the entire routine now. The first time I put one of her DVDs in, I was whooped after the warm up! I really like her DVDs since I’m getting some weight lifting in with my cardio. I feel it once I’m done.

    On Tuesday and Thursday evenings I go to my local park which has a hilly one-mile long walking path. I alternate between speed walking and jogging, with an emphasis on speed walking. I challenge myself to go up the hills as fast as possible; it’s a race against myself!

  40. Nikia

    August 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I do a kettle bell routine with a trainer 3 times a week. I eat a high protein and low card diet.

  41. Janeshia

    February 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Hi Erika: First off, thank you for sharing your story so candidly. You are such an inspiration! I too have embarked on a journey to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. So far, it has been 14 months and I am down 70 pounds so far! I started at 340. So, at 5’6″, I still have a long way to go, but I already know all about the disappearing girl meat! I have to buy new underwear – including a sports bra! I have actually signed up for the Revlon 5K on May 12th and will be running a half marathon on June 3rd. I am currently in training and quickly learning that proper support is very important.

    So far, most of my exercise has been with Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at Get Fit With Britt Nick Boot Camp – functional fitness at home. It has literally saved my life! Anyway, it is a 60-minute full body workout with weights, kettle bells, trx, stationary bike, elliptical, strength bands and your own body weight! We sprint or jog some too, but these race challenges will be my first attempt at distance running. I would like to win the MiBra to accompany me on this journey! I am sure that running will be a part of my weight maintenance regiment once I reach my goal of 150 pounds.

    Pick me please! :) And keep up the good work. I am very proud of you!

  42. Daphne

    July 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I just recently began to work out again, I have been walking 3 times a week for 3 miles with my father who is diabetic trying to drop some pounds and get healthy. I have also been doing aqua aerobics one a week with my sister. I do a nightly ab routine as well as planks and push ups.
    The MiBra would be a great thing for me because I for 10 dont have any bras that really fit comfortbly plus love the front pocket, I always put my iPhone directly in my bra, it ends up so wet from sweat that it wont work for at least an hour once I bang out the sweat and let the moisture dry

  43. Natasha H

    February 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    My workout routine usually is Monday to Thursday, I do an hour long class at my gym. Sometimes it is a circuit, sometimes we walk up hills, sometimes it is a plain old aerobics session. I also work on a machine to strengthen my right knee since I have some issues with them.

    On weekends ( or days I don’t make it to the gym) I used to do a 2-3 mile walk. Unfortunately I was waylaid with a bout of bursitis in my right knee and have had to pull back on the walking, but I just restarted this week with a knee brace in place.

    A mi bra would be helpful because I use my music to motivate and push me. I have a nano and it work as my pedometer as well. Usually though I get worried that it will fall out of my bra ( that is usually where I put it and it has fallen before) or get damaged by the sweat.

    I have lost 55 pounds in the last 8 months, and the lack of a proper sports bra was one of the things that stopped me from being active before. I currently have 36 DDs and they really do slow you down when you are trying to work out. So I tend to stay away from high impact activities anyway. My current bra has the underwire and can be difficult to put on and take off sometimes. I see the mi bra is soft and looks comfortable.

  44. Brandi Roberts

    June 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Ok I’ve been reading your blog during the last year and I’ve lost 34 lbs!! yayyy me, LOL! Anyway I’m also doing Zumba with a 34G and that can hurt! I need this bra!! You are awesome and I love what you’re doing. Voting today!

  45. butterfly

    August 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I would like to make a point. For some people,like myself, the problem is not the fat as far as losing weight in the breast. I have been anorexic in the past and was still a 30D. Even though there is no such thing as spot reducing, a person can still lose an unhealthy amount of weight and not go down in chest size. I would like to try the elomi bra–Ive tried so many…..thank you for sharing all of your stories

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