Personal Essentials For The Gym Bag

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This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Lately I’ve been updating what’s in my gym bag because I’ve found I need more things as time goes on. I used to just bring a towel, keys and my phone with earjacks, but because I have to quickly go from place to place I’ve been bringing a few more items in tow. I thought I’d share what personal care items I bring with me aside from a Towel and my gloves.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDeodorant and Anti-Chaf Balm

When I think of working out, Deodorant is the first and more important thing for me. No one wants to work out next to someone who smells like an onion. It can be very distracting! So I make sure to bring extra just in case I forget in a rush at home. Lately, I’ve been using Dove at home, but keep a travel sized Secret Outlast in my bag for emergencies and touch ups.  I also just found out about Body Glide! I finally have been getting the confidence to wear shorts while I workout, but I have larger thighs and them rubbing together is no so comfortable when running.  Just rub it on anywhere that may rub and voila — your skin is protected with an invisible barrier.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogBody Wipes and Face Wipes

I rely on wipes just as much as my toddler does! Wipes are life, people. They are so easy and convenient to use.  I have several packages of these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes for my purse, gym bag and car and they have a nice clean scent to them. I feel like I can go straight to my daughter’s swim class and not smell like a foot sitting next to the other parents. And HELLO, face wipes are so important for the acne-prone like me. I still get breakouts, but wipes significantly cut down on the dirt and sweat left on my face and give me a little extra time before I can get home and do a real wash. These Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes ones are perfect for me during the drier winter months when my skin feels tight, but needs to feel fresh and clean.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogPain Relievers and Emergency Tampons

I have a extremely hard time working out if my period hits and I’m not prepared. Since I’ve been ramping up my workouts, my cycles have jumped by a week at a time and hasn’t quite settled on its new date yet. If I’m caught off guard and don’t take some Pamprin as soon as I know it’s coming _ basically become useless. I like the multi-symptom version the most because it helps with pain, irritability and bloat – all things that make me a miserable person for a few days — UNLESS I take something for it. I usually order them from along with my sugar free chocolate chips. Let’s be real, they’re all necessities. 

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogLip and Skin Protectant

My lips have been super dry lately and I tend to breath through my mouth when I workout so I need something for my lips so they don’t dry out. I sometimes just swipe a tube of my daughters Aquaphor but when I want something a little less messy I stick to my Coola Liplux which isn’t waxy, goes on smooth and has a nice scent to it. And I just discovered Seriously FAB Sunscreen Facial Mist which is actually meant to be put over makeup – but I like the easy application before a quick park run. It has an SPF 25 and has a nice fine mist so I just let it “air-dry” instead of touching my face more. I love having something SO lightweight when I run.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDry Shampoo

Can you believe I only started using dry shampoo maybe a couple months ago? Seriously – WHERE HAVE I BEEN? This stuff seriously helps give my hair a little bit of life between washes. It won’t work when you have a sopping wet ponytail but once it’s dry you can spray and finger rake it through for some body — I love it. I cycle between Dove and this one from Batiste.

Do you have any of the same things in your gym bag? Did I just reminder you to add a few more? Let me know in the comments below.

Fitness Goals for 2018

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just finished a two week long fitness challenge and at the end of it all I shared what I learned over the course of that challenge. I’ve actually had a few people ask me what I’m looking to get out of all the “fitness-y” stuff I do and I think talking about it makes me more accountable for my (future) actions. So here we are, in the beginning of a new year and I thought I’d put it out there on the interwebz what my fitness goals for 2018 are.   I hope that my aspirations help inspire something in you!

The obvious. Lean out and Muscle up.

To be quite honest, before having my daughter, I thought I had my ideal body. I was very lean, but I realize now that I didn’t have the muscles that I love having now. I may not have my “goal” body, but I’m happy with where I’m at and where it could go. Leaning out (and building muscle) will come from working on my diet, but it will also depend on my workouts. Aesthetically, I want boulder shoulders, a tinier waist and my hamstrings to be more toned. The backs of my legs make me really nervous about wearing shorts — but I bought some shorts and I’m hoping to wear them soon!

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The specific. I want to improve my deadlifts, cleans and pull ups.

I’d never touched a barbell in me life until I started working out at my gym. It was just an area of my other gyms that I NEVER ventured into because I had no idea what I was doing and never thought lifting weights was for me. Now? Well, now I get EXCITED when I see that exercises using a barbell are included in the days routine. I love doing deadlifts because they make me feel super strong and work so many body parts. And cleans kinda scare me, and I don’t do them perfectly — but I’m getting there! I remember when I was a kid and pull ups weren’t a big deal at all — now at 36 it’s a big deal! I know I can get these, but I need to practice a lot to get there. 

The not so obvious. My confidence levels.

Working out gives me a major mood boost. I think a lot of people would assume that my confidence levels are way up there. But we all have our insecurities, we just don’t all talk about them because well, they’re our insecurities! So for me, I want to have the confidence to pick up heavier weights without having my trainers tell me to do so. Not question if I can make it through a class. And wear the damn clothes that I please (bathing suit (and booty) from 2014, I’M TALKING TO YOU!)

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The not so interesting. My breathing patterns.

There is no doubt about it. I’m a mouth-breather and it seriously hinders how well I do when I’m exercising. I can nearly hyperventilate and have to stop. I’ve tried so hard to focus on my breathing these last two weeks and I don’t feel I have improved. If anyone has any tips on how to get enough air through my nose and out through my mouth, please share!

The crazy. I want to do a Spartan Sprint.

My trainers do it, and they’re pretty badass, and I want to be bad ass too! I’m never sure when I’ll be ready for it, I think it’s just something you have to say, fuck it, and just try — but damn. I’ve watched videos on YouTube and there are a few things that I can’t quite do yet, like pull myself up a rope, or scale a wall, or carry a bucket of rocks god knows how far! This is when I feel like I have a booty that weighs me down like an anchor and I need to beef up my upper body strength. I still have OC Fit games to work on and I think that’s a great starter contest for me to do.

So those are just a few of my fitness goals for 2018. I’m hoping I can nail all of these things over the course of the year. They all have difficult aspects to them that will require dedication, constantly pushing myself, and more importantly, knowing when to pause. I’d love to hear what some of your fitness goals are for 2018! While you think about those, feel free to check out my fellow bloggers posts on what their goals are — you never know if you find someone who might spark something in you!

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21 Days of Positivity with Pamprin

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Have you ever found yourself in a negative funk, that didn’t seem to have an end in sight? I have, and when I realized it, I knew I need to make some changes. What became a fore front thought in my mind was that being happy was truly the best medicine for a positive and fulfilling life.  I had to really start taking care of myself because my (future, at the time) daughter needs a happy, healthy mom!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogOne thing I do for myself is allow time for exercise. It’s one hour every day that I get just for myself, and I don’t need to worry about anyone else. It’s time for me to destress and improve myself both inside and out. While I initially signed up for classes to lose some left over baby weight, I’ve discovered that the classes have given me so much more that I initially came for. I’m building muscle that I haven’t seen in ages, I’m getting confidence to lift heavier things or challenging myself more often..  I’m finding myself hanging out and sharing more with others around me!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogNo longer was I just the work from home mom who watched her kid. I was beginning to feel like I was getting “me” back, with just a little investment in myself.  I’ve set myself new goals and believe that I can achieve them. The desire to do more and expect more from myself has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, working out is my favorite thing to do each day. I look forward to it and it feels like second nature because I committed to making changes that make me feel good both inside and out.

Week by week, little things like preparing meals ahead of time just fit into my day.  When I first started my classes, I was going 3-4 a week. I now am committed to 6 days a week with a few extra classes thrown in for fun.  Missing a class just feels weird now!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogThe only time that I may struggle a bit to get to class is when I’m on my period. That’s where Pamprin comes in and helps me work past that fatigue and irritability that seems to surface during my cycle. Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever that’s the the equivalent of extra Strength Tylenol to alleviate cramps. It basically works as an all-in-one punch to fight those uncomfortable period symptoms we all could do without.

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogBecause Pamprin in my go to for PMS and period relief, I’ve teamed up with them to bring you the 21-day Guide to Positively Powerful Thinking so you can make positive changes in your life for the better. Did you know that habits can form just after three weeks of consistent work and effort? Three weeks, guys! I know you can do this! We have some super simple 7-day plan that you can repeat three weeks over. You’ll be surprised what you can change if you really put your mind to it! Let take a look at the 7 steps we can do for ourselves, one for each day of the week.

  1. Start today with 3 Positive self-affirmations. I tend to do this in my car when I’m driving. It could be the same thing I repeat to myself, or new things that is specific to that day.
  2. Find Positive Company. It always helps to be around like-minded people when you’re trying to make a change or achieve a goal. I’ve connected several classmates of mine to stay on track with diet or strength goals I want to hit.
  3. Make a list of things for which you’re grateful. I am most grateful for my daughter. I feel she is the best gift I couldn’t have ever been given and I love my little family.  I’m grateful to have a job that allows me to stay home with her and spend as much time with her as I possibly can while she is little. I’m grateful that my husband works with me on giving me time to work out because he knows how important it is to me. I’m grateful for my trainers who have pushed me far beyond what I ever thought I could do.
  4. Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy)”. Words of encouragement can mean so much to someone who is fighting hard to “get there”. It also goes both ways.
  5. Seek, and you will find. If you look for good in people and things, you’ll find it. Perception is everything.  Keep an open mind and see where it takes you.
  6. Find what brings you joy. I know that workout out brings me great joy! I like feeling strong and challenged!
  7. Stop and smell the roses. Give one away. Staying in the present really allows me to enjoy whats going on around me. Watching my almost two year old have a dance party, cheering a classmate on while they commit to extra burpees, or just staying in bed for that extra cuddle is what keeps me happy.
  8. Hit replay and make it a habit. Positive thinking will lead toward positive actions, which lead to positive results. If I think it, and I tell myself I can do it, then I just do it!. And I do it again and again until I raise the bar a bit more. So try committing to these positive actions each day and see where it takes you at the end of three weeks.

I’d LOVE for you guys to share with me where you land 21 days from now! I’m POSITIVE  you’d be amazed where it takes you! (See what I did there? ;)) If you decide to share your story on social, make sure to hashtag it #BePositivePamprin so other challengers can find you!

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