On Letting Go

Good morning!

Gosh, this weekend passed by so quickly. We had our very first guest stay over this weekend. It was so much fun to host a guest (despite the freezing cold temps and cloudy skies – boo) but it really does make the weekend go by quickly. Now it’s Monday and I suddenly remembered my lengthy to do list. Oof.

We played tour guide (and tourist) this weekend, but I’ll get to that later. Today I want to talk about a killer lower body workout I did on Saturday morning, that my glutes are still paying for this morning.


So right now,  for resistance training I’m doing a 3-day split. I’ll do an upper, a lower, and then a full body workout each week. After each resistance workout, I’ll usually get in about 20 minutes of cardio. Then, 3 other days on the week, I’ll go to yoga and walk Niko. It’s a nice little balance for me right now!

Here’s the lower body workout that I’m currently doing.

Lower Body Superset Workout


You may also remember the workout clothes I’m wearing above as the Old Navy apparel I tried out in one of my hot yoga classes. Well, although the workout clothes passed the cuteness and dry-wick test factors, I wanted to put them to the ultimate test:


How they held up after being washed and dried.

Honestly, I was a little scared. I mean, I’ve had lululemon even look not so great after a tumble through the dryer ( my fault, for putting it in the dryer in the first place, but seriously.) However, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome!


They turned out looking just fine Open-mouthed smile

One other thing Old Navy challenged me to do, which happened to be JUST the challenge I needed, was to go through some of my old workout clothes.

OK, so the thing about moving into a smaller place: Way. less. closet. space. Guys, I miss my old walk in closet that I had all to myself!


(my old closet that Shane built for me!)

Let me be a bit whiney for a second by saying that sharing a closet is for the birds. I know most everyone has to do it, but it kinda sucks. But, it also let me know I have way too many clothes that I don’t even wear anymore. For some reason I just have an emotional attachment to it. So, this was the perfect time to go through and purge:


These Under Armour pants, they give me swass every time I bust a sweat in them. (Word to the wise: light gray = no bueno for workouts)


And these Rogiani crops. They were my very very very first pricier pair of workout apparel, so I haven’t been able to throw them out. Even though they’re a size too small and I haven’t worn them in a year.


My old ratty race tee shirts that I never wear! I snapped a pic, for sentimental value, and then pitched them. Siyonara!

This is probably going to sound hokey, but it felt really good to let go of that stuff. I feel that STUFF often is a symbol for other crap in life that just gets in the way. I love living fairly minimalistic because it allows me to live with (as much as I can) a clear mind. It helps me keep my priorities in line! Does that make sense?

Moral of the story is that it’s really nice to just let go of things – whether mental, emotional, or physical! – sometimes Open-mouthed smile

On that note. I’m going to let go of this nagging hunger in my stomach and feed the beast! haha

Have a good Monday, my friends. 

Do you feel better emotionally after a good house cleaning or “stuff” purging?

Are you more of a minimalist or a pack rat when it comes to stuff?

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s Active wear in stores or at oldnavy.com #GetYourActiveON.

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  1. I love purging… maybe too much. I am way more a minimalist for sure. My husband those thinks its wasteful to toss things like I do sometimes!
    I just bought a couple workout tanks from Old Navy. I am excited to get them and try them out.

  2. Oh my goodness, I’m drooling over your old closet! My boyfriend and I share a closet now and it definitely sucks. We want to get it a little more organized (put in custom rods and shelving) because my stuff is out of control. I fully admit it – it’s all me. All my running/workout gear adds up!
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    the best thing about moving last week was the PRE MOVE PURGE and then the stuff got here and I PURGED AGAIN 😉
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  4. It is hard for me to purge workout clothes and it is really hard for me to get rid of old sneakers! I have no idea why but I simply cannot do it! So I give you lots of props!
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  5. how fun! you had guests for the first time – so cute :) i’ve definitely had my fair share of oopsies with grey sweats & spin class – i’ve steered clear of that mistake and just stick with black for working out and grey for lounging. i’ve heard so much about old navy fitness gear lately- it must be good!
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  6. I get super sentimental when it comes to clothes. I am the worst about getting rid of things. I have a tiny closet now and just can’t wait for a bigger one someday! A walk in closet would be a dream come true 😉
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  7. I’ve found that the 3-4 days a week does a body good too. The other days it’s a great feeling to have physical and mental rest to be ready for the next day!

    OMG. SWASS. HAHAHA. My CrossFitters will love this word. :)
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  8. Whoop to a slammin workout and super cute workout clothes!! J and i shared a closet in our previous house and i love our separate spaces now!! A purge of my closet is soooo needed
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  9. I have to clean out my closets 2-3 times a year or I start to get all twitchy. I’m definitely not a pack rat, but there are a few sentimental things I’ll never be able to get rid of.
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  10. Swass! HAHAHA! Word of the day, for sure. Swass is the most embarrassing thing. Black pants are a necessity.
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  11. You’re completely right about stuff being a symbol of other things in your life that are holding you back! After growing up with pack-rat parents, I have gotten so much better at practicing “when in doubt, throw it out” (of course that means mostly donating or recycling!).If you want to read a great book that will give you a kick in the pants to do more cleaning out, I highly recommend “Clutter Busting” by Brooks Palmer.

  12. I hold an emotional attachment to my clothes, Tony’s clothes and the boys’ clothes…it’s an illness I know. I have a few pieces that hold special memories of first times or favorites that I can’t part with, but I really need to clean out the old stuff that I just hang on to for painting days. Seriously, I don’t paint the house that often, I need 1 outfit for this, not a collection!

    Have a great week Paige!
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  13. I’ve been going through the process of purging and simplifying life lately myself. It does feel great! 😀
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  14. I have kept my running/swimming t-shirts since high school, but I think I might have to give them up eventually….or make one of those really cool t-shirt blankets so I have that forever (or until it gets worn out and I have to pitch that too, haha)!
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  15. When we moved from Australia to London, we only had one bag each! I had to get rid of 80+ % of my clothes. At first it was hard and I cried, but then you really just learn it is stuff. It’s funny because now I don’t even wear the clothes I brought with me – the shopping in London is so good I just replaced everything in my wardrobe haha
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  16. I have a love/hate with purging my closet. I will get so sad when I giveaway my clothes, but after about 3 days I feel SO much better that I’eve rid myself of clothes I don’t wear anymore. And that workout looks kick butt;) Have a great week Paige!
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  17. When I am in the mood to purge I love it! Last night while I was putting away laundry was one of those nights. I have so much stuff I just don’t wear. A friend of mine recently organized a clothing swap so I know some of the things I was so attached to will go to a good place. It was nice to see a clean organized closet this morning.
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  18. The best thing hubs and I did this past summer: hired a dumpster! It was cathartic. We started at 8am and finished at 6pm. The dumpster was full. And we’re talking a 23′ dumpster! Best day ever!

  19. I too lve to purge and that is one of my major goals for this year. I need to go through each nook and cranny and fully purge since we intend to downsize our current living arrangements. It really does feel good letting go of things I agree even though it can be hard to do it at first.

  20. I’m pretty good at getting rid of old clothes. My husband, on the other hand, keeps stuff from 1996 for, in his words, “sentimental reasons.”
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  21. Those workout clothes are too cute!

    I actually just cleaned out my closet last month and it was tough. I think I’m more of a pack rat than I care to admit. However, it felt so great going into my closet the following day and feeling like everything was neat, tidy and meant to be in there!

    And I agree – sharing a closet is for the birds! Dave is great and all, but I could do without the sharing of the closet space. Thank God we have his and her sinks.
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  22. I love getting rid of things (letting go). With my recent move, I got rid of tons of things that I no longer need! It’s so nice to feel organized and less of a pack rat in our new place : )
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  23. Letting go of old clothes is something I know a lot of people struggle with. For some reason, I usually have no problem with it! I love having the extra space and knowing I haven’t accumulated a bunch of stuff I don’t need. I’ve actually been meaning to clean out my closet for awhile now!
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  24. First off, you have such a beautiful shape! Very long and lean, but with some obvious muscle:) Question, do you need to wear a sports bra under that tank? I ask because I can’t seem to find one that doesn’t flatten my boobs..and the straps don’t show.
    BTW: Love your workout split! How many reps would you do for each exercise?

  25. I don’t know, it must be a girl thing – all this pondering about getting rid of clothes and shoes. I purged my shoes last week and got rid of 25%. No problem. 3 pairs of shoes is plenty. Isn’t it?
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