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GET.REINVENTED GUIDE: 10 BEST TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH BABY

03/06/2018

Travelling is always fun whether it’s going home for holidays or taking a much needed me-time vacation but what makes it daunting is PACKING. What makes it tough is packing everything tight and just right: clothes not to wrinkle, perfume bottles not to break, items not to fly in the suitcase when you are flying LOL Hey, and don’t forget that luggage tag in case it gets lost -  you will need it!

 

I’ve put together these simple packing tips for you to make travelling less stressful:

 

     1. AVOID LAST MINUTE PACKING HASSLE

     2. GO WHEEL-LESS

     3. AVOID ROLLING CLOTHES

     4. PACK MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

     5. USE GENDER FRIENDLY TOILETRIES

     6. SHOP LIGHT ON THE GO

     7. ALWAYS PACK AN EMPTY TOTE FOR LAUNDRY

     8. GET A PRE-SCREEN TSA SECURITY CLEARANCE

 

What to pack and where to start? Is this the question that pops up in your head when you are planning a trip? Whether it’s your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveller, it’s always helpful to know what items to bring.

 

backpack travel bag

 

So just bookmark this travel packing guide and refer to it whenever you plan a trip.

 

     1. MAIN LUGGAGE: whenever you are planning a trip make sure that you choose a luggage that’s versatile, light weighted and holds all your essentials. Here is a tip: buy a luggage set that can be easily stowed by placing smaller suitcases into a big one and thus save space in your hotel room!

 

designer luggage sets

 

     2. ORGANIZE BEFORE PACKING: if you have planned a lot of activities for the trip, then definitely think of the gear that will be required. And organizing everything will be really challenging. But hold on, this is one thing to think about - if your trip contains multiple destinations and you know what clothes/gear you will be needing in destination A vs destination B, then pack accordingly! Also, it really helps to start writing a list of items to bring ahead of time and keep it handy when packing so that you do not miss anything. As you pack scratch items off the list. Better even share your packing list with your travelling partner in Wunderlist app and ask him to write the items he wants to bring along!

 

     3. START YOUR PACKING WITH THE BASICS: pack smart and do not over-pack. Choose versatile clothing that can be used in different scenarios. Try to include clothes that can be worn on your daily adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes or a scarf. Do not forget a hat if you are heading in a sunny destination!

Another tip: even if you are heading to a hot vacation spot, floors in hotels may be dirty and/or cold (think marble floors) so pack a pair of slippers you can wear inside.

 

travel essentials checklist

 

     4. PACK YOUR TOILETRIES: always keep your toiletries and makeup in a see-through pouch. It will not only keep things confined in case of a leak, but you'll be able to see everything in one place, without digging up your suitcase. Pack gender friendly items: liked decide on a toothpaste that both of you can use, choose a sunblock lotion that both of you can utilize. It will save space!

 

     5. PACK YOUR CARRY-ON BAG: The next thing to do is to fill your carry-on bag with anything you will be needing during the flight and at the airport. If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this bag has items to keep you comfortable and cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. Pack a laptop or an ipad, travel pillow, eye mask, blanket, socks to wear on the plane, motion sickness pills, book or magazine, travel guide or map etc. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light. If you are trying to map out a city guide, this would be a perfect opportunity to plan the route across the city!

 

best carry on backpack

 

     6. TRAVEL HEALTH KIT: Put together a travel health kit - it is a must during a trip. It shall contain all the emergency medicines, some bandages, allergies remedy, etc. While I am on this note, please check this website to see any alerts on vaccines you need when travelling to your particular destination country. It gets updated regularly by government. Check your medications to ensure all of them are filled and do not expire soon. If needed, schedule a visit to your doctor to get a refill on a medication on time.

 

     7. KEEP YOUR IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH, CREDIT CARDS:  Collect all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. It should hold your passport, ID, credit cards, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!) By keeping all important information together, you have everything handy within a hand’s reach.

 

travel essentials carry on

 

     8. PACK A LAUNDRY BAG: Laundry service at the hotel can get expensive. So it is ok if you have to do laundry when you return home. Pack a large plastic bag for your soiled laundry so that you can keep dirty items isolated from the rest of the luggage in the suitcase.

 

     9. PUT YOUR WALLET ON A DIET: sounds funny..but it is practical. Go through your wallet and remove all of the membership cards, discount coupons you do not need on a trip. If you are going overseas, remove the heavy coins from the wallet - you will not use American change there anyway! If you have a smaller wallet, better take this one and just have one or two credit cards, driver’s license and some cash.

 

     10. GOT SNACKS?: lastly, pack a few snacks to quench your hunger quickly just in case you don’t have something nearby. It could be a protein bar, nuts, cranberries, etc. Something light and easy that has carbs.

 

Wherever you are heading for a trip, just make sure you think through your list of activities beforehand so that you’re able to bring everything you need and choose the right luggage. I tend to plan the entire itinerary in advance and even do a quick search online for the reputable and authentic places to eat at. When you are at a new country and want to explore, you will not have time to search internet for a good place - you want to take photos and enjoy yourself. Packing light always helps with mobility.Travelling changes may come up instantly and you will be ready to adjust to them quickly with a lighter and smarter luggage.

 

printable travel packing list

 

So the next time you travel, try being light and savvy and you’ll be surprised how little you really need.

 

Was this helpful, guys? Share your stories of overpacking and share tips for light packing as well!

 

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GET.REINVENTED WOMEN's MARCH MARATHON

02/22/2018

Violence, anger, abuse… You are lucky if you have not experienced any. The world would not be real if there was no black and white in it, no evil and good.

It is crazy stats but 1 in 3 women have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. I was one of them… that time is long gone, but not the story in my heart and memory in my brain. Sad, I know. But here is the thing: I am CALLING to all of you out there to STAND STRONG and UNITE against intimate partner abuse, to spread the awareness to this issue and raise the bar when it comes to protecting women in need!

 

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Many times such women are in need and they do not have the courage to come forward, do not have a strong position within their mind and heart to break this vicious circle to run away and escape the life event. It is also known as BWS (battered woman syndrome). It is hard to believe that in the 21st century with all the technology, gadgets and freedom such phenomenon is still at large. We can ask many questions, such as:

 

  • Why do these women sacrifice so much to stay in a toxic relationship?

  • Why is a victim of a rape being blamed by her neighbors/society?

  • Why is she scared to open up and talk, to pack up and leave?

  • Why does she allow this to keep happening and continues to love such partner?

 

Let’s not ask questions. Let’s not second guess. Let’s not doubt. Let’s not wonder. Let’s UNITE and HELP such women to become STRONG and MOTIVATED to change the life they are living. Because THEY CAN. Because WE CAN HELP.

Today I stand STRONG in an attempt to EMPOWER such women and ENCOURAGE them to take charge!

 

I have partnered up with Willpowered Woman, a non-profit organization that supports survivors of intimate partner abuse, to host an online fitness challenge where 10% of proceeds will be donated to this organization for the needs of survivors. Join Get.Reinvented Women March Marathon where you will train with me for an entire month and eat healthy and yummy based on my meal plan!

 

weight loss for busy mums

 

Are you up for getting in shape and doing it for a good cause? What could be better, guys!

I can tell you one thing: physical strength comes hand in hand with mind wellness. I was lucky to disengage from such toxic relationship and start a new life. So by hosting this fitness marathon I am hoping to show how much support such women have and how many of us understand and willing to help! In addition, I hope that survivors can join me in this Marathon and get strong to never doubt themselves again, to gain self-confidence and respect, to cut the ties with the abuser and become free!

Will power. Commitment. Self-belief. Motivation. Courage.

 

Let’s change the WORLD for the BETTER TOGETHER!

 

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Let's unite in an attempt to:

1. LOSE WEIGHT!

2. GET FIT

3. LEARN TO EAT YUMMY AND CLEAN

4. CHANGE LIFESTYLE FOR HEALTHY

5. MAINTAIN THE WEIGHT LOSS RESULTS

6. S-U-P-P-O-R-T SURVIVORS OF INTIMATE PARTNER ABUSE!

 

Sign up TODAY to make a difference in the world tomorrow!  

 

“ONE LIFE AT A TIME CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN CHANGING THE WORLD”

 

With love and hope,

 

Katia KITA

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTNER WORKOUT

02/14/2018

Valentine’s day is around the corner, so why not celebrate it in a slightly different way...Forget the wines, chocolates, roses and INSTEAD bond over a hardcore workout and cook a nutrient dense meal together. I’ve got you covered with Get.Reinvented fitness program! It is not only fun to train together, but also so much fun to cook husband friendly and yummy meals from the meal plan!

 

Working out together isn’t just good for your health but is also great for your relationship. There’s an old saying to it “the couple who trains together, sustains together.”

 

Not just this participating together in challenging physical activities make couples happier and more connected in a relationship. Moreover, this healthy habit can be beneficial for both of you as here you are more likely to reach your goals since your partner in life is a part of it and you can keep each other accountable. Often times we skip gym to spend quality time together, so why not hit the gym together? Regular exercise improves your confidence, makes you feel better, helps gain strength and endurance. And you will accomplish this together as a couple!

 

beginner gym workout routine female

 

Let’s  make this Valentine’s Day a happy and healthy one instead of just celebrating it in a romantic traditional way…and believe me it’ll be a lot of fun to work out together. Now, let me give you some partner exercises examples!

 

     1. Back squats

     2. Manual partner resisted push-ups

     3. Partner assisted pull-ups

     4. Medical Ball Partner twists/pass

     5. Partner Eccentric Hamstrings

     6. Assisted Shoulder Handstand Push-ups

     7. Manual Resisted Decline Ball Sit-ups

     8. Partner Planks

     9. Partner Foam rolling

     10. Partner Assisted Stretching

 

Training with a partner brings along some amazing benefits - keep on reading!

 

gym routine for losing weight

 

     1. It helps you in accomplishing your fitness goals: a partner workout not only boosts your motivation level but also bring consistency in your workouts resulting in achieving your fitness goals sooner. It is all about accountability and dual motivation!

 

     2. Exercising becomes fun: Serious workouts are performed without being serious – you will laugh at times, you will fail at times, but most importantly you will help each other get through this! In fact, the more fun your training becomes, the more you are going to look forward to it and be committed to it. And there can’t be any better gym buddy than your soulmate. Working out alone can make you feel lonely and discouraged at times, especially when you are just starting your fitness journey. So just bring your partner right along and enjoy your workouts and amplify your fitness goals!

 

     3. Gives an opportunity to try new workouts: Partner workout gives you a chance to try out certain exercises that require assistance and/or partner resistance.

 

muscle building workout plans

 

 

     4. A source of motivation and support: To have someone by your side makes a huge difference. It’s always a motivation. Having your partner as a workout buddy provides additional emotional strength and support to stick to your fitness goals as well as builds up your confidence to achieve them.

 

     5. Your workout becomes safer: To have someone stand by your side when you do a pull-up or a bench press makes you feel secure. Jogging during dark hours makes it safer than running alone in the dark.

 

     6. Increases your commitment levels: It’s always easier to ditch your workout, but it becomes much harder to ditch a workout when you know you are letting your partner down. Having a gym buddy means you need to plan your workout schedule in advance to meet each other’s availability. This ultimately increases your commitment and helps you take the fitness goals to the next level!

 

Start this Valentine’s Day with a perfect workout and then cook a delicious, healthy and protein packed meal. Light some candles and enjoy each other’s company. Isn’t it a different way of celebrating your Valentine’s day and giving a fresh start to your fitness goals together? I find it really COOL! Can you give it a TRY? Snatch your 20% Valentine’s Day discount in my shop for all products, including a gift certificate for your perfect better half!!

 

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9 EASY WAYS TO STAY FIT WHILE TRAVELING

02/09/2018

Vacations are great for relaxing and rejuvenating! All of us need break after a heavy and hectic schedule. However, it can be dangerous if you have been trying to live a fit and a healthy lifestyle, because of the weight gain, right? But travelling doesn’t have to mean the end of your hard training routine and healthy living goals.

I guess the major misconception people make about staying fit while traveling is that it’s considered as “cheat days” for eating and not exercising, because your typical diet and workout routine may not be possible. But that’s totally the other way around, as you’re just convincing yourself  to “let go and enjoy”, when in reality it’s really easy to keep up with a healthy diet and stay active no matter what part of the world you choose for a vacation spot!

 

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So let’s just incorporate some tips to fitness and healthy choices that’ll not just make your travelling mode more fun but keep you in shape.

 

1. Choose a hotel that has a GYM: The benefit of living in the 21st century is that each bigger hotel comes with a gym. It may not be a big state-of-art facility, but, hey, all you need is some machines and free weights.Do a research before booking the vacation stay and call up the hotel to ask them or even better - take a look at their property gallery to see what the gym looks like.
When you travel and need quick workouts on the go, my Get.Reinvented tranings will help you stay fit and motivated!

 

free healthy meal plans

 

2. Start your day with a healthy breakfast: sounds like a motherly lecture...LOL...but it’s all you need to fuel up your energy for the rest of the day giving a quick charge up to your metabolism. One thing you can do is plan your eating spots ahead of time (if it is not all-inclusive) and see what healthy options are around and what places people recommend online. I’ve got a few savory spots to eat at, if you are planning to hit up New York or Boston. The amazing thing I can share with you is my Eat.Reinvented meal plan that gives you healthy take-out options from the cafe chains across USA!

 

healthy meal plans for the week

 

3. Keep yourself hydrated:  all of you are aware that drinking water does wonders for your body (think: our bodies consist mainly of water and water flushes out all toxins). It keeps you healthy, hydrated and helps you function and adjust to time difference/climate change which is very important when you are travelling. Avoid drinking soda and other options loaded on sugar instead invest in a quality self-filtered water bottle.

 

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4. Try opting for stairs: stairs provide a great cardio workout and trains your legs (think: quads, calves and hamstrings). So whether its in hotels or a high-altitude spot climb the stairs instead of elevators. It can be a great calorie-burner exercise. How about planning a hike through the picturesque place and meet sunset over the horizon somewhere? Sounds great? Pack a pair of sneakers and set off!

 

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5. All-inclusive: blessing or curse: CRAZY??...no it isn’t. When we think of a good quality vacation we want to RELAX. Obviously staying at a hotel with all-inclusive option is the best option for you when you are trying to rest. However, it comes with some compromises. Specifically: food 24/7, tasty calorie packed dishes and indulging desserts. So what should we do? Easy! I travel all-inclusive a lot and I have developed my system of tricks that works:

 

  • Go for the healthy options at all-inclusive hotels. When you are at the canteen, start your meal feast with healthy first and then see if you are still hungry. You see, a lot of times you go to eat hungry and overfill your plate with unnecessary menu items. Choose healthy over what looks good first and you will see how you will actually benefit from this!

  • Drink plenty of water and have a glass of water (ok, at least a half of a glass) before you hit up the food bar! It will take a bit of your hunger away, so that you can stay objective.

  • Try to book actual restaurants that are located on the hotel premises. There is usually quite a few. Why? Because the menu items are much more sophisticated and… smaller LOL

 

healthy eating plan

 

6. Have a knowledge of what you’re eating: what looks healthy and good may not always be...so try at least reading the menu item or the label in the food bar so that you know what exactly you are eating. By the way, my nutrition plan Eat.Reinvented comes with highlights for each recipe educating my #Reinventors as to the value of the macros they are consuming in each meal! Want to know too? Grab it here!

 

7. Involve yourself into physical activities: whenever you are on a trip try finding fun activities like climbing, sea diving. Ask the hotel ambassador for the activities guide so that you can do something fun and sporty: sport fishing, wind surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, horse riding, etc.! SWIM - you will love it!

 

healthy diet menu

 

8. Walk more while you are travelling: do you really think you need to book a cab just to go five blocks away. I don’t think so but your misconceptions of “cheat days” makes you so lazy that you deprive yourself of those joys, scents of roses, and surprises of the cultures etc. which you could have experienced while you’re traveling on foot. Think: hidden local stores, gem-like restaurants and artisan boutiques. Do not miss it! And guys, for those larger hotels with huge adjacent territories: walk to the beach! Do not take the shuttle! You can do this!

 

daily healthy eating plan

 

 

9. Don’t forget to travel with a wi-fi enabled device, so that you can Get.Reinvented with me and lose pounds and get RIPPED on the go!

 

I know it’s challenging to stay fit and on go when it comes to travelling. But if you choose to eat healthy and follow the tips it isn’t an impossible mission to accomplish. It is very possible to stay healthy and fit during your vacation. Though you need to put in some extra efforts to get the proper nutrition when you are away from home, but don’t forget you are doing it for yourself and eventually you will be rewarded for this at the end of your trip.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Love,

 

Katia KITA

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