Monday, January 23, 2012

Workout Essentials + Go for the Goal Announcement

Working out in general doesn't always take that much stuff, but I've found that as I've developed healthy habits in the last eight or ten months I've also honed in on what I need to be carrying with me when I walk out the door, depending on where I'm going. 

Everything that I included in this post is exactly what I use, so I am giving you my first-hand account. I cannot go to the gym without carrying everything in a bag, and I use the Zella gathered tote but in silver/grey. It's got a dry pocket for my phone and headphones, as well as a zillion other pockets here and there. I also never go without a towel (because I've gotten to the point where I need some serious sweat to convince myself I've done anything), my camelbak water bottle (in purple), and a pair of gym shoes. I wear the Nike frees I used to run in, because I don't wear my running shoes for anything but running.

These are the things I bring with me when I go to spin, bodypump, yoga, or any other class or machine aside from the treadmill.

When I'm headed out on a run, my arsenal of gear looks pretty different. I always wear good running shoes, which is so important (even though they're not as cute), and I always wear my Garmin (I've got the 305). If I'm headed out for 8 or more miles, I'll carry a running water bottle and wear my SPIbelt to hold keys, a credit card, and my ID.

And I always always have my iphone and headphones. Unless I'm going to a class, I have to have music to motivate me. I use Spotify to create playlists for different workouts. And as far as what I wear, the lululemon Run: For Your Life crops are my absolute favorite. They don't seem to have them anymore, but I'm guessing they're similar to the Run: For It crops. I like to look cute when I workout, because it makes me feel better. And after a spin class or a long run, what I'm wearing is the only thing that looks half decent, so I like to keep it that way.

And I can't believe I forgot to put it in the graphic above, but I literally NEVER workout without a sparkly BICband. I did a giveaway before Christmas, and I'm telling you they are without a doubt the best.
Super exciting news! On the last Friday of every month (starting this Friday), there are a few of us that are going to have a linkup called "Go for the Goal" where you can post your monthly goal progress, goals for the next month, and/or follow ups on your new years resolution. 

It's a great way to keep yourself accountable and also to see what others' goals are and how they're progressing. It can relate to fitness, money, personal things, work, travel, or anything you're setting your eyes on for the month or year. Email me if you have questions...and get your posts ready! We're starting this Friday! You can include it in your normal Friday post or make it a separate post.

(I'll still be doing Friday's Fancies, so I'll have two posts every fourth Friday!)

What are your workout essentials? What am I missing? How are you doing with your goals? Will you link-up?


Nichole said...

Love this new link up! I def need some blogging/workout motivation! Can't wait to meet you Friday at the Tampa Bloggers Meet-up!

melanie said...

helloooo workout inspiration!

Lauren Alyse said...

Definitely going to try and join this linkup...I can always use more motivation! :)

Tricia said...

great gear, several of those are my 'go to's' as well

lori said...

super excited about the link up! i hope we have a lot of people participate. and i love your workout essentials... i want that tank!

Kelly said...

Aww, look at your super cute stuff-- you're such a gym namebrand whore ;-) I'll be linking up!

Hope your Monday has been a good one, Meghan!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

I love that you bring a towel now since you must sweat a ton in order to feel like you did a good workout! That's so awesome.

Your essentials look good to me! I only workout at home and occasionally at the track, so I'm in the bare, pants, t and sweatshirt. Nothing more.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Great idea for a link-up! AND I really need to invest in some cute workout Lululemon! :)

Meghan said...

So, we totally use the same things:) I love my hand-held Nathan bottle, and I use the Camelback on a daily basis. Love this post!

Jessica said...

Love all your gear!!! This totally makes me feel bad for my not cute at all work out wear. And of course I'll link up!!! See you Friday!!!

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

I'm loving all of your workout gear picks! Have you ever shopped at Lululemon? I think you'd really like their stuff!

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Katie said...

Love the new linkup!! Lululemon is so great, but omg so expensive. :(

Beth Ann said...

I'm late to the game and missed the link up, but wanted to include my goals as well! It's a great idea and writing them down always helps me! Thanks! :)

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