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What's in My Gym Bag?

I am so proud of myself! I have been sticking to my workout routine for the past 3 weeks. Currently I am gong 3 times a week; M/W/F, with a 15 minute walk on Tu/Th. So far it's been working very well for me! Since I got a new job that require less movement and activity, I knew if I didn't jump into this now it would bite me in the butt later. >:(

I've actually wanted to join a gym for sometime now but could never get myself to do it. Now, I have no excuse. The company I work for has a gym, on campus! How convenient is that? I literately work out right after work! It's such a great stress relief and I've been sleeping so much better (having a new mattress helps too). I have really been enjoying it and I'm happily seeing the results. My over all goal is to maintain my weight and become much more active and healthy. But my BIG goal is to lose 60 lbs. I fully understand the challenge of that goal and I am in no hurry but I know if I keep focused I can do anything. :) I love my body and who I am. As long as I'm healthy and active, that is all that matters to me.

Now on to the "What's in My Gym Bag?". After 3 weeks of working out, I've figured out what type of products/items I need to bring that best suits my needs:

1. Water Bottle - Bobble: Of course staying hydrated is very important. The water bottle I use is called a Bobble. It has a Charcoal Filter which helps to purify the water. You can pretty much find these everywhere. I got mine from Old Navy.

2. Make-up/Facial Wipes - Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea: Since I am going to the gym right after work, I usually have makeup on. I wouldn't suggest working out with a full face of makeup. When you work out, your pores open. The combo of sweat+makeup going into your pores=no no. The brand doesn't really matter to me. I'm always trying a new facial wipe when I run out. If anyone has a suggestion on a good one, let me know!

3. Face Cleanser - Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser For Normal to Oily Skin: Like I said, during a workout your pores open up. You want to remove the sweat/dirt from your face with a gentle cleaner. Your face will be at a vulnerable state after a workout. I wouldn't suggest using a harsh cleaner with extra chemicals. Just a basic cleanser that will remove dirt/sweat. I got his cleanser from Target but I'm certain it's available in many other stores.

4. Moisturizer w/ SPF - Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30: After cleansing your skin, especially if you're about to go right outside; applying a moisturizer with SPF is very important. I picked up this moisturizer at Drug Mart.

5. Deodorant - Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant Deodorant: Doesn't really matter the type of deodorant but you definitely want to smell and feel fresh going into and after a work out.

6. Gym Shoes - Vibram Fivefingers: Women's JAYA, Size 40 - I lovelovelove working out in my Vibrams! I've had these for over a year now and they give working out and just walking in general, a whole new experience. It's really just like walking barefoot. For more info about the Fivefingers go here. If you are looking into getting a pair, I highly recommended finding a retailer that sells them, even if you're wanting to purchase them online. Sizing the shoes can be hard on your own, you want to make sure it's done a certain way. The best why to do that is to have your foot measured, try on different pairs, and have an associate help!

7. Sweat pants+Shirt: Nothing too special here. I suggest working out in whatever you find comfortable. You don't want to feel embarrassed at the gym. For me, I honestly just buy the men's shorts/pants/v-necks. They are so much cheaper than women's, plus I love having a baggy/loose feel to my workout clothes! And who gives a crap how I look at the gym?

8. Snack - Clif Bar Energy Bars, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut: I freaking love these! They taste so good and are a great snack before a workout or after a workout. Especially if you're looking for that quick energy/calorie boost. Each bar is 210 calories and is full of so much goodies. These are just what I prefer but find out what works best for you. I also like Fiber One bars. They're only 90 calories and also very tastey! I pick up my Clif Bars at Target.

9. Headphones - To listen to the TV attached to the workout equiment in the gym or my iPod.

10. Headband - To pull my hair away from my face, so it doesn't irritante my skin during a workout.

11. Chapstick - Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm- A good chapstick to keep your lips from drying out during a work out. Breathing at a fast pace will quickly dry my lips out and crack them if I don't use my Burt's!

12. Music - iPod Touch - I love my iPod Touch so much. Music is such a wonderful motivator.

13. Flipie-Flopies - Flipflops to change into after my workout so my feet can breathe! They are also good for showering in at the gym.

And that is everything! The gym bag I keep everything in is a standard sized gym bag by Reebok. I also use plastic ziplock bags for my liquid items, to keep them from exploding everywhere, lol

I'd love to know what's in your gym bag!

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