From gym to real life

This post is sponsored by LOLA. The first 100 readers to order will get 40% off with the code FITNESSISTA40.

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was filled with the usual family adventures + a baby shower for a friend. I’ll be back soon with a recap, but in the meantime, let’s talk about the gym to real-life transformation.

I have a serious problem with wearing my sweaty workout clothes after a workout. I used to be able to do it, but maybe now that I’m older (and pickier?! haha), I have to change immediately after hitting the gym. Usually, my workout is sandwiched in between preschool pick-up or during naptime, and I’ve found a few things that help me transition from sweaty hot mess to functional human. I think it’s also because once I pick the girls up, it’s nonstop action until they crash into bed. 

From gym to real life

Some of my favorite tools for getting back into mom/life mode after a sweaty workout, especially if I’m leaving the gym:

-I wear my hair in a bun for almost all workouts. This way it doesn’t have a giant ponytail crease in the middle of it. I can let my hair down, spray in a little dry shampoo, and let it do its thang.

-I bring a resealable bag for gym clothes, so my wet clothes don’t soak the rest of the things in my gym bag. I wash and reuse my plastic resealable bags, so it feels like less waste

-The quickest makeup routine ever. In my gym bag, I stash a gel facial cleanser, SPF for my face, tinted moisturizer, eyeliner and eyebrow shadow. It takes less than 5 minutes and helps take some of that “I just sweat my face off” look away

-LOLA cleansing wipes. After a workout, I’d LOVE to take a shower, but it’s not always feasible. Also, the shower at the gym here skeeves me out a little. Instead, it’s way faster and more convenient to use one of these before continuing on my way. LOLA just launched these cleansing wipes as a part of their new collection Sex by LOLA and they’re a new gym bag staple. 

LOLA Cleansing wipe

Some of the great things about these cleansing wipes:

-They’re the first cleansing wipe of their kind. They’re completely natural, made from organic bamboo soaked in purified water. They don’t contain any alcohol, parabens, bleach, sulfates, dyes, synthetic preservatives like sodium benzoate, or synthetic fragrance. “Fragrance” is an umbrella term that the beauty and personal care industry uses for a multitude of chemicals. These are extremely pure, sustainably-made, and safe to use on your entire body. They help to replenish your skin’s natural moisture, are hypoallergenic and gynecologist-approved.

LOLA Cleansing wipe

LOLA Cleansing wipe

It’s funny because I made huge changes to how I eat and the products I use, but feminine and personal products were last on the list to change. I was so excited when I was introduced to LOLA’s feminine items earlier this year because they truly care about using safe, sustainable, high-quality ingredients. Their tampons and pads are made with 100% cotton. They’re also not bleached and don’t contain synthetic ingredients so, they’re all I use now. With the new Sex by LOLA collection you can now order cleansing wipes, condoms and lubricant through their site as part of your subscription or a one-off purchase.

I feel like this stuff is important to talk about because as friends, it’s up to us to share the good finds with each other. To be totally honest, I haven’t bought condoms in years because the ingredients freaked me out. (You know, having another baby would freak me out, too, but we practice Fertility Awareness Method.) This way I can be even more confident that we’re protected from adding another nugget into the mix. 😉 

Sex by LOLA

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Do you shower after each workout? How often do you wash your hair? Any tricks for the gym to real-life transition?


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  1. Vicki on May 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Hi, can you let us know how you do your bun? I usually twist it up but then use a ponytail holder to secure it but then get the crease which really bugs me. Also, can you let us know the brand of resealable bags for gym bags clothes that you use? I’m guessing since you said you wash them that they’re not ziplocks, but maybe that’s what you use?

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      i can definitely do an IG stories video on it!
      and i just use ziplock, but would love to hear any other options if you know of them. i rinse each one out and use it a few times before tossing it

      • Jenny on May 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm

        I use the wet bags from when we cloth diapered. They’re really affordable, hold up well, and are multipurpose (gym, beach, kid spills, etc.)

        • Fitnessista on May 8, 2018 at 9:31 pm

          that is GENIUS. i still have one from those days.. i’ll see if i can find it

  2. Shannon on May 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I’ve been thinking of trying their feminine products, nice that they have more options now!

    Who won the beautycounter giveaway!?

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      yes, i think you would like them! they make it convenient, and the ingredients are so much better
      maria won this one, but i have a ton of giveaways on the way soon 🙂

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on May 7, 2018 at 10:41 am

    What dry shampoo do you use? I feel like the one I had been using is just not cutting it for me anymore.

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      the moroccan oil tinted one! it’s really good 🙂

  4. Stephanie W on May 7, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I echo the interest in knowing how you do your bun! Also, what shorts are you using to workout? I need to purchase some new workout shorts and have no idea where to start. I don’t like the running ones with built in undies for normal gym workouts and need ones that wont flash goodies on days I’m using the bench or certain leg moves. Thanks!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      i can do an IG stories video on it.
      i’ve been using the lululemon shorts, but i like the lorna jane ones even more. the fabric is great and they’re a little bit longer. on leg day, i always wear crops juuuuust in case

  5. Crystal on May 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Just ordered the wipes! I was just thinking about getting some for when I workout on my lunch break, and then lo and behold, your blog post came up 🙂 I’ve gotten the hair situation down, I also do a bun and use dry shampoo. I only wash my hair for real maybe twice a week and my hair is so much healthier as a result.

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      yay, i hope you like them, too!
      i feel like i finally got the hair situation down, too, but it took so long! i also don’t wash my hair super often and it helps a lot

  6. Tracy on May 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I’m also curious about what dry shampoo you use.. And also your tinted moisturizer. Do you use Beautycounter’s?

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      i love the moroccan oil tinted dry shampoo! for the moisturizer, i alternate between beautycounter dew skin and tarte bb cream

  7. Opal on May 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Hi, just wanted to point out the website says the wipes’ “Liquid ingredients: Water, Gluconic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lactic Acid”
    Which contradicts what you wrote about no sodium benzoate. Just a heads up!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      That’s interesting- I’ll edit that. Thank you!!

  8. Katie on May 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Hey Gina,

    You mentioned you practice Fertility Awareness Method. I am assuming it is the same as Natural Family Planning that I use for numerous reasons, religion being one of many.

    I am amazed at how many people work to have a healthy lifestyle and watch so carefully what they put into or on their bodies, yet consume chemical filled birth control pills.

    Would you be willing to do a post on Fertility Awareness Method? I know it can be effective if people learn to use it properly. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 11, 2018 at 10:05 am

      hi! yes, i can definitely do a post about it 🙂

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