10 ways to make June Jammin’

(That “J” is a tough one, haha)

1) Join us for Summer Shape Up! Leave a comment below and click the box to subscribe to my newsletter and the password for Week 1 will be emailed to you automatically. You’ll be in the loop for upcoming Shape Up workouts, and also the first to know about giveaways and blog happenings. Yesterday, I manually added a few hundred email addresses. If you emailed me after 11pm last night, please leave a comment and click the box to sign up. If your comment does not show up immediately, it might need to be approved by me after I get off work. I apologize, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up with the manual email input in addition to creating this fun free challenge.

I’m so excited for this year’s SSU! Check in tomorrow morning for the intro post with all of the details.

SSU 2013

2) Plan a nighttime BBQ/swimming party. Light the tiki torches, make some cocktails, and ask friends to bring their favorite side dish. One of my favorite things about summer are the get-togethers and parties. Looking for something different to make? Try salmon packs, pizza or quiche on the grill.


3) Revamp your grocery shopping and meal planning, especially since summer brings a totally different bounty of fresh herbs and produce. Change up the produce you’re buying, experiment with different proteins, or go back to an old favorite that was somehow forgotten. I’ve got my reunion with the breakfast cookie planned for tomorrow morning πŸ™‚

Bfast cookie ingredients 2

4) Make something with fresh berries, like this beautiful crumble in a jar.

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Or just eat them straight-up….

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5) Take a small vacay or stacation at home. Even if it’s something simple, like movie night and living room floor picnic, a quick trip to the spa, or a close road trip. Plan a fun adventure!

6) Try out a new lip color. I love tinted glosses in the summer -because, let’s be real, most makeup seems to melt off in the Arizona sun- and especially love the red LUSH tinted balm. It adds just the right amount of pop!Β without being too over the top.

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7) Go after a new fitness goal and enlist a friend for motivation along the way. Want to run a half marathon in the fall? Become a CrossFit regular? Try yoga? Now’s the time to make it happen! Leave your June fitness goal in the comment section so we can cheer you on along the way πŸ™‚

8) Try a pool workout! Does your gym have Aqua Zumba or another pool fitness class? Give it a whirl, you may be surprised how challenging the added resistance of water can be. The first pool class I ever took, I thought it would be a joke, and it killed me. Even if your gym doesn’t have a water fitness class, try out some moves on your own. Swims some laps (or jogs laps!) and alternate between pushups or pop-ups at one wall, fast flutter kicks at the other.

Aqua zumba

9) Download a new book. I’m reading The Last CamelliaΒ by Sarah Jio right now -and loving it!- and am trying to think of what I’ll read next…

10) Make a refreshing summer smoothie! This is my all-time favorite.


Thank you so much to those of you who participated in the #smoothieaday challenge! Congrats to Cindy (@cindy_saw) who checked in the most with her awesome creations! I’ll be sending her a custom batch of macaroons and TJs/Whole Foods goodie pack as a high five.

What are you going to do to make it an amazing month? What’s your current fitness goal?

Here’s to a fabulous June!


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  1. Chelsea says:

    Excited for the summer shape up! Sign me up!

  2. Sign me up, please!

  3. Heather says:

    A little late to the starting line, but excited to get started anyway!

  4. I’ve got my very first half marathon on June 30 but after that i plan to focus on strength training a bit more

  5. Tiffanie says:

    I am excited for Summer Shape Up. Please sign me up.

  6. Count me in!

  7. I just moved to a new city and want to start it out in a healthy way! Please sign me up! Thanks.

  8. Rehanah says:

    Please sign me up!

  9. stephanie says:

    sign me up!

  10. I’d love to join the SSU!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Sign me up! Sounds like a great challenge πŸ™‚

  12. Sign me up!

  13. Sign me up!

  14. Can’t wait to start!

  15. Emma Lowe says:

    Sign me up!

  16. I’m excited to join in the summer shape up!

  17. I’m definitely in for some shaping up…sign me up!

  18. Maureen says:

    Please sign me up! Thanks πŸ™‚

  19. Sign me up!

  20. Count me in!

  21. Hi! I tried to sign up to the newsletter and to the summer shape up yesterday, but I think I did something wrong… So here’s try #2 to join the summer shape up

  22. Sign me up please!

  23. Sign me up please!

  24. Sign me up please! i need some motivation πŸ˜‰ !!!

  25. Just figured out how to subscribe! Doh!

  26. Katie H says:

    Sign me up please!!!

  27. I’m doing my first half-marathon in July. So excited!

  28. I’d love to join the Summer Shape Up party! πŸ™‚

  29. Sign me up! A little late….

  30. Katie K. says:

    Would love to join (a little late…)!

  31. I want in.

  32. A little late to the party, but I’d love to join!

  33. I tried to sign up but didn’t get the newsletter, trying again. Excited for summer shape-up!

  34. I love your summer shape up! Sign me up!

    And I can’t believe I haven’t subscribed to your newsletter sooner πŸ˜‰

  35. So excited to be part of summer shape up!!

  36. kristin says:

    late to the game but i signed up! yay!

  37. I’m ready, sign me up!

  38. Opps forgot to check the newsletter box πŸ™

  39. signing up for summer shape up!

  40. Sabrina says:

    I’ve got a mini marathon in september and a warrior dash in August!! Let’s get the strength on!!! SIGN ME UP!! thanks

  41. I would love to check out the Summer Shape Up Plan! Looking for something new to spice up my work out routine!

  42. Sign me up!

  43. I’d like to join the Summer Shape Up! Can’t wait.

  44. Elizabeth says:

    I’d like to sign up!

  45. melinda says:

    is it too late to enter Summer Shape Up?

  46. Allyson Simons says:

    Yay can’t wait to start the SSU (a little late!)

  47. Sign me up!

  48. A little late to the party but can’t wait to start the Summer Shape Up!

  49. Bridget says:

    Can’t believe I missed the beginning for Summer Shape Up! I loved it last year! If it’s not too late I’d love to be signed up!

  50. Hope it’s not too late to start this on my own! πŸ™‚

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