Gym Bag Inventory

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Today I thought it would be fun to share my “gym bag inventory” – the things I lug with me everyday to the gym and pretty much can’t live without at this point. I’d love to hear about yours too! It took me about a week of getting used to my new gym “home” to figure out what I needed and compile a (very stuffed) bag of items that get me through my workout and post-workout regiment. I cannot believe it’s already been almost a month since I started my get fit initiative. Wow. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a month, yet how quickly that time slips through our fingers leaving us feeling like we could have done more. I can honestly say that things have been going amazingly so far. Not because I’m wasting away right before your very eyes (as you can probably see in my photos here and on Instagram, it’s a slow moving process), but because it has really allowed me to get my daily lifestyle to a place I’m proud of. Seeing weight come off does help a little. ;) As of the last time I weighed myself (about 2 weeks ago), I had lost 7 lbs so far which was an amazing feeling, especially since those first couple of weeks felt like nothing was happening despite these drastic changes (working out 5 days a week and cutting out dairy, wheat, and coffee… 90% of coffee – read more about the specific changes in my original post about this). But seeing that number on the scale go down really gave me the validation that all of this could actually work…

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 Nike gym bag / Sephora toiletry bag (old) / Ibiza boar bristle brush / Ibiza hair dryer / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses / Health Ade kombucha / Hydro Flask water bottle /  Frends headphones /  Havaianas flip flops / Shimano spinning shoes / Topshop iPhone case (similar) / WANT les essientials de la vie travel wallet (similar in cognac and blue) / Lululemon top

Not gonna lie though, there have been a few bumps in the road. The first challenge was going home to Minnesota last week which I thought was going to be a piece of cake (not literally) eating wise and hard workout wise. It was the opposite – working out was easy and fun because I had my mom to join me for stair climbing and running/walking on the track at the nearby college stadium. It was a nice change of pace to enjoy the outdoors and chats with her. Eating was harder though because I didn’t have my specific crutches that I rely on to get me through the day (juices, kombucha, the snack bars I get at the gym, my dinner go-to’s – more on those later). Still I thought I’d be back at it in no time, but then my hubby had a serious workout injury that lead to 3 nights in the hospital. Between that and Labor Day weekend (and a weak moment involving pizza), I didn’t work out for a whole week which left me feeling like I derailed this whole thing. Let’s just say that finally heading back to the gym yesterday was really hard. Not because I didn’t want to go – I was actually dying to get back – but because I was afraid that it would be like going back to square 1 and that all the work I’ve done so far is for nothing. I’m not far enough into this where I’ve noticed a visual difference in my body let alone feel totally safe to eat pizza and skip out on the gym for a week… but it happened. I couldn’t get up the courage to weigh myself again just yet, but I’m hoping that the last 2 weeks didn’t put me back where I started. Either way, I’m officially back to pick up where I left off and trying not to beat myself up about life getting in the way a little. There has to be some room for mistakes, but a lesson I learned is that when you’re trying to go for big results, you have to be prepared for the setbacks and be ready to stay with it even when it gets harder than usual. What do you do to stay with your plan when you travel or deal with unexpected curveballs? 

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gym_bag_4Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub / It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray / Sacha Juan Ocean Hair Mist / Kate Somerville ExfoliKate / Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water / MoroccanOil hairspray / Malin & Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant / Kerastase Elixir Ultime hair serum / Davines Love conditionerTangle Teezer brush / Goody hair ties / American Apparel headband / Schik razor 

Thanks for listening, guys! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more updates on this journey, and at the hashtag #thelifestyledfit! I love hearing from you about your experiences with health and fitness too, so don’t be shy! Have a great rest of your week – it’s already half over – yay!

Photography by Dani Beutell

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  1. I bet you would be able to see the amazing progress you’ve begun to make if you took some before and after photos for comparison. It’s hard to see yourself change when you’re with yourself all the time :)

    1. thelifestyled 09/03/2014

      Thanks Sarah! You’re totally right. That would probably be a good way to see the subtle differences as I go.

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