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…
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?
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!
Ohh boy. I can already feel that these monthly mood board posts are going to trip me out because I feel like they come around way too often. Just a second ago we were welcoming in the dog days of summer, and just like that it’s time to say hello to fall! Not that I’m complaining. September is always an epic month, don’t you think? There’s an energy unlike any other month of the year. It’s the perfect time to pick up the pace after a laid back summer, grab a hot coffee, and dive head first into the final quarter. School is in session, fall TV is back, and layering is creeping back into our daily outfits (yes!). It may still be hot for a little while longer, but the crisp fall air is waiting around the bend, sweaters and leather in tow. For me, it’s the month the husband and I finally take a long overdue vacation to Italy and let me tell you it cannot come soon enough. September, here we go!
I think we can all agree that the whole no white after Labor Day rule is a thing of the past. Sure, white is a summery neutral, but I mean… it’s white. It’s about the most basic color out there, right next to black. How can we take something so huge off the table for 3/4 of the year? Plus, it’s not always clear when summer really ends, especially in LA where September tends to be the hottest month of the year. I don’t know about you but there’s no way I’m packing away my whites just yet – and probably not ever. We’re all smart girls, aren’t we? We can figure out how to wear white differently during the colder months. For a few more weeks it’s still acceptable to really drive it home, but as fall sets in, pick a star white piece and anchor it with darker colors and heavier textures and you’ll be looking fresh and ready for fall.
Is there any season that we get more excited for than fall? It’s kind of the best reason to amp up your wardrobe. However, it never gets cold as fast as we think it does. Realistically, your favorite new fall sweater doesn’t see the light of day until early October. As tempting as it may be to delve right into a fresh fall look, we need to take a step back and ease into the season the right way. These pieces will give you just a taste of autumn but can still work throughout the warmer days of September. The sporty shift dress is cool enough on it’s own but can be paired with boots and an oversized coat once the cold bites. Top your outfit off with a great felt fedora or edge it up with some cut out booties. An awesome leather vest can be paired with a muscle tank now or over a sweater by the time you’re planning your clever halloween costume. However you choose to rock these transitional pieces, you’ll be able to do it with ease in the months ahead.
From time to time, I fall into a hardcore obsession with something and I want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to go get it. I’m talking about the occasional piece that’s so perfect it deserves its own post… So that’s just what I’m going to do. The goal is to highlight affordable items that can (and should) be incorporated into all of our wardrobes. Today it’s all about this awesome oversized button down from J.Crew. You can totally dress it up by tucking it into a pencil skirt, keep it laid back with some boyfriend jeans, or edge it up with their star cluster necklace that I can’t stop thinking about. However you decide to wear it, this shirt is effortlessly cool and should be in your closet immediately.
Although I love a good piece of statement jewelry, there’s something to be said for a girl who can bring lots of details together to create an overall composition. Nothing says “I know how to put a look together” like some well chosen jewelry. The more basic the individual pieces, the more they can be layered together to make a collective statement that’s never repetitive. You don’t need a lot of frills, just a few key simple things. I love dainty rings and minimalist bangles mixed with a hand chain or a wide sleek cuff. What’s great about pieces like this is once you build up a collection, you can wear the same few things everyday but in different configurations. Unlike a big detailed bib necklace which can only be brought out every once in awhile, you know you’ll get your money’s worth with these. They’re like your favorite pair of jeans – easy, go-to, yet always chic. Here are a few finds to create the layered look…
Whether you’re the lightbulb switching or the electric car driving type of environmentalist, reducing our carbon foot print is at the upmost importance these days. Now that plastic bags are a thing of the past and stores are even charging for paper ones, I can’t think of a better time to up our market tote game. We’re grabbing groceries once or twice a week, yet often times the cloth bags we’re using are haphazard randoms that end up shoved in our trunks and sucked into the black hole of polyester shopping bags (I say “we” so that I can try to feel better about my own pathetic grocery bag situation, but I really just mean “I”). Seriously though, why not spend a little more money on one you won’t be embarrassed walking around Whole Foods with? Not to mention these are all great for the beach, gym, picnics, dry cleaning, and general errands all the same. What’s better than being kind to the earth and looking great while doing it?