6/22: SSU Faves from the week

Weekend: nice to see ya again 🙂

Anything fun going on?

We have absolutely nothing on the agenda, except teaching tomorrow. I love it.

Congrats to the Summer Shape Up team for rocking out another amazing week- you’re halfway there! I hope you’re already seeing results from your hard work, and thank you again to those of you who have checked in with each workout, and have emailed and tweeted pictures to me. 

Here are some of the gems from this past week:

@MsRachel_Batson: “Kissing the guns after workout 1 of @fitnessista’s #summershapeup #betterlatethannever”

@survivorrunner: WEEK 2- Sweatin’ for sure!


 @laurenpeters: Loved this week’s #summershapeup workout! Sweaty fun strength #fitblog


@litgirl84: Pretty sure my cat thinks I’m dead. Happy #tabatathursday!

 @pluvk: Tabata Thurs KILLED me! Even the pup got involved in @fitnessista ‘s #summershapeup today!


Leah O’s salad beast with greens, eggs, bell pepper, shrooms, cucumber, hot sauce


Rachel: a picture of me from right after my first Week 1 Summer Shape Up workout…yup, that’s two shades of green on that shirt. 🙂 NewImage

I also did workout 2 this week! SO fun.. and sweaty.


Keep the pics coming, friends! I love seeing them 🙂

It’s definitely fun to have a group of people cheering each other on. It makes it easier to succeed and hold yourself accountable. Workout buddies (virtual and real-life) can make a positive impact on our fitness goals, and it’s also helpful when friends and family enjoy the same healthy eats that you do. 

Meg came over for lunch during her work break the other day, and I made salad beasts for two.


Massaged kale with lemon, avocado, olive oil, sea salt and pepper, with brown rice, lentils, tomatoes, cucumber and Goddess dressing. They were aaaaaaaamazing. Thank you Trader Joe’s for finally getting organic kale! Now if they would only take the ribs out of the kale…. but I’m not about to look a kale horse in the mouth.

Work snacks:

Snacks 3


This morning, I decided to be a good puppy mom and take Bell on a walk with Liv and myself before it got too hot. I had Liv in the BabyHawk and Bell on the leash, and were halfway through the walk when I heard a rustle in the desert to the side of us (we were walking through the neighborhood -on the sidewalk- but in Tucson, there’s “desert” pretty much everywhere). I saw a coyote jumping up a tree, surrounded by three of his friends. My depth perception is awful, but I’d guess they were about 25 yards away. They didn’t see us, but I quickly grabbed Bell (who yelped, I think I scared her) and started to walk quickly back to the house. It was really scary, and all I had with me were my keys and cell phone. Any ideas on how I could be safer with our walk next time?

I’m lucky that our neighbors are always home and I could call if I need anything, but in the moment, what are you supposed to do? It’s even scarier because one of our family dogs was snatched by coyotes while she was in the backyard. Dad ran outside and saved her, but she was still injured. 

Never a boring moment….

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday. We’re just taking it easy this morning and meeting some friends for lunch.

See you this afternoon with a healthy snack post + giveaway.



Something to do:

Be sure to leave a comment and check in here when you’ve finished your Week 2 workout and easy cardio for the day! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Week 3 grocery list will be up Sunday morning and the Week 3 workout will post Sunday night.


Not doing the Shape Up? I’d love to hear what was on your fitness plan and menu for the day! 




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  1. Jessica on June 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am just about finished with week two of my half marathon training program. Loving it so far.

  2. Les on June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Congrats on the recognition! Your blog is the number one thing that inspired me to strength train. I stumbled upon your blog last year and decided to try the Winter Shape Up. I had a great time, got great results, and still strength train 3 times a week (plus intervals and cardio). Thank you for introducing me to being strong and looking good!

  3. Natalie Rae on June 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Did wk out 2 and easy baby stroller walk cardio! My buns and quads were hurting after the workout today and tabata yesterday…

  4. stacy seratt on June 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Did Tabata yesterday. My last set of Tuck Jumps were not so tucked! It was intense tho. I wore my HRM and I know it hit 177. Finished Workout #2 and cardio for today. HR was in the low 160s. My star plank still stinks, but I have made that my goal: I am going to do that star plank one day!

    I was training for a trail run back in Feb. I ran across a coyote and it didn’t see me at first. Then it looked back. I think I scared it more than it scared me, but I took off the opposite direction. I had a can of pepper spray (police strength since my hubby is a cop), but I don’t know if that would have helped!

  5. Eileen on June 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    You know how you were thinking of something to make with the tahini sauce from TJs…. rub some of that on your kale. It is amazing!! I don’t live near a TJs but bought it while on a trip and I was so bummed I didn’t buy more because it is that good. Will need to learn to make my own, but I’m not sure how to get the “whipped” texture it has. Any thoughts?

  6. Eileen on June 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Oh did workout #1 today (I’m late to the party) and incorporated 30 sec. cardio blasts in between each exercise so my heart rate was up there the entire circuit. Loved it!! Thanks for all the hard work and time you put into giving us great (& free) workouts to mix things up. Love your blog!!

  7. Holly on June 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I did workout 2 today and it seemed to go much faster this time. I upped the weights on my bicep curls and added weights to my split squat. I love how the workout includes bursts of cardio! Can’t wait to see what next week brings!

  8. Caitlin on June 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Mmmm those salads look amazing! Thanks to you, I now have a newfound love for salad beasts and eat them almost everyday for lunch. I love it because you can be so creative and just throw anything in there!

    Also checking in…did workout 2 3x this morning followed by 20 min on the elliptical! woohoo. I did something to my left arm on the star plank though, so had to stop because it was giving me sharp pains…hoping it gets better over the weekend.

    Happy Friday everyone!

  9. Siobhan on June 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Finished workout 2 this morning before work (3 rounds). I agree that it seemed to go faster this time. Still got me super sweaty and feeling good for the day. Thanks for the awesome routine. Ready for next week!

    • Siobhan on June 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Another Siobhan- yay! I’m not doing the summer shape up (although it sounds awesome), just 3 miles a day for me to get back into running shape for the Fall. And some gym classes 🙂

  10. Katy C. on June 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Summer Shape Up is a liiiitle too intimidating for me. So I’m planning to get on the elliptical for 20-30 minutes, then do laps in the pool. Just got a brand new swimsuit and can’t wait to use it! 🙂

  11. Sarah on June 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Checking in! Getting ready to finish my first week with Workout #1, HIIT and the bed time ab burner!!! Bring it on 😉

  12. Gina on June 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hello from a fellow aviation spouse, but we are Army helicopters here. 🙂 I know this is a bit off topic, but I paid for two months with a personal trainer. It was quite expensive, and I was a bit upset because the routines varied pretty much every session (three days a week) so I really had nothing to work off of to set up my own routine. I lost 35 lb. on my own doing a full body strength routine I came up with three days a week. With the trainer I did more of a split body part routine, which was what I wanted because I had a basic strength routine going I am wondering what your take is on whether or not a trainer should set you up to be able to continue the workouts on your own? Basically I was offered a $100.00 discount to continue to workout with the trainer, but was left with ABSOLUTELY no direction after my two months. So at this point I feel kind of like I was made to feel like in order to have results, I would have to continue on with the trainer. I am just wondering what your thoughts are in regards to training, and if a trainer should give you a direction for working out on your own? Obviously I don’t have the intention to pay high dollar each month for a trainer when I am somewhat comfortable in the gym on my own. I was just kind of looking for something to change my results from simple weight loss to fine tuning body parts.

  13. Marinka on June 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I just did tabata(first ever-it was haaard and it seemed so easy) + w2+ some Yoga stretching after that and my legs were shaking! don’t remember when that happened last time! in the fridge for tomorrow morning are protein pancakes(With grounded hemp seed since there’s no protein powder here) and chickpea Indian patties for lunch. can’t wait week 3:)

  14. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on June 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Phew! 6am workout + 20 minutes of easy cardio on the bike (although after 3 rounds of the week 2 workout the cardio didn’t feel all that easy, haha!). I finally figured out how to dominate those star planks too: do them to the beat of Fuel by Metallica! Mwahaha, made them my b****!

    • Fitnessista on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      YES! and i love fuel soooo much

  15. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on June 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I feel like I’ve been sore all week from your workouts! Which is great! Thanks for another kick a** week! Also that kale salad looks so delicious!

  16. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    My workout today was 20 minutes of hills on the bike followed by a 40 minute back/chest workout. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sore tomorrow!

    Also those salad beasts look delicious! I could seriously eat massaged kale salads every day. Especially when there is avocado involved. 😀

  17. Kayla on June 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Did Workout 2 again today (three rounds) and was a sweaty mess again today! Star planks were hard(er) — I do a modified side plank, with one knee on the mat, and I get a very sore hip/glute on the side that’s down on the mat. Am I doing it wrong or is that a good thing? It doesn’t hurt bad enough to make me quit the workout, but after 4 or 5 star planks, I have to pause on all fours and then resume.

    Had a big breakfast out with some ladies from work (two eggs, bacon, a huge pile of hashbrowns with peppers and onions and wheat toast) and was a good girl and didn’t eat ALL of my potatoes and had a salad (garden greens, chicken breast, fresh cherries and pumpkin seeds) for dinner. 🙂 Lots of water, too, of course!

  18. Briana on June 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Just did Tabata Thursday on Friday! ha do what you can! At institute/training for Teach For America so anything to help me relieve stress from lesson planning is always appreciated! Thanks for helping me get off my butt and move around!

    • Fitnessista on June 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      any day can be tabata thursday 😉
      and so cool you’re going to do teach for america! our kids are lucky to have selfless people like you are there, willing to help them get a good education <3

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