Holiday weekend + Summer Shape Up Signup

This past weekend was everything I could wish for in a holiday weekend. The Pilot was home for 4 days in a row (!!!), so we were able to take care of projects around the house,


enjoy a couple of parties with friends and family,

Miks party


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and spend time together.


I would like to let the world know that the Pilot said “it would be ok” if we got another dog.


The major concern is the ratio of humans to pets — he has always said that we can’t have more animals than humans in the house…I agree. Since we have Oliv now, we could have 3 dogs 😉 The above pug-poodle mix made us decide we could add another to the clan.

For the BBQ we attended yesterday, I made a giant batch of guacamole to share.

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I used the standard recipe but with 10 avocados. I also nixed the sour cream (I used goat’s milk cream cheese instead), and added a finely minced fresh jalapeño for some kick. It came out pretty dang good.

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It’s not the most photogenic food, but let’s just count our lucky stars I could take a pic and avoid making a plateful until we got to the party.

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Livi had a blast swimming with all the other kids, the Pilot and I got to see our friends, and it was a wonderful evening. I have to put it down on record as the first night that I’ve ever changed Livi’s diaper and entire outfit without her waking up. She was CRASHED when we got home! I totally get it, though. After swimming (err, floating around), I want to eat an entire pizza and take a nap.

This morning, I managed to get in an early workout before everyone woke up. It’s always so nice to check it off the list early, plus it makes me feel more energized throughout the day. Liv and I are hanging out before heading to story time, and later today, taking dinner to some friends who have new baby twins.

Hope you have a great day!



Guess what?! It’s time to SHAPE UP! Summer Shape Up is almost here, and I’m so excited to share this year’s workouts and meal plans with you. It’s going to be a little different than last year, because I’ll have all of the documents out to you much earlier (by Friday before each new week begins, at the latest) with a workout calendar for the entire month. Another big difference is that everything is going to be in one spot, which will be a password-protected page here on the blog. In previous years, my workouts and recipes were replicated on other sites, so I’m hoping to hinder this by protecting the Shape Up page.

SSU 2013

(Shout out to the lovely Cindy, who made the logo for me! If you’re looking for graphic design work, hit her up: cindysawochka at gmail dot com)

Some Q&A:

Q: How do I sign up?

A: At the bottom of the comment portion of the blog, there’s a little box to click and subscribe to my newsletter. Click that box and leave a comment to get on the mailing list! Your email address will be used to send out blog info (awesome giveaways, new workouts, playlists, and Shape Up info) and (of course) will never be used by anyone or anything other than myself.

Q: What is the Shape Up exactly?

A: The Summer Shape UP is 4-week meal and fitness plan, which officially starts next Monday, June 3rd. The idea is not weight loss, but rather losing fat (gaining lean muscle), feeling healthier and changing up your current routine. I’ll emphasize at-home routines, while including playlist ideas and giveaways along the way. All of the details will be on the official Summer Shape Up 2013 page.

Q: How much does is cost?

A: It’s free! Always has been, always will be. All I ask in return is that you spread the word with friends if you enjoy it 🙂

So, leave a comment and click the box to sign up! This Friday, you’ll get your first email with all of the info, and your “welcome” giveaway is next Monday.



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  1. Elissa on June 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Please sign me up for the shape up!

  2. Rachelle Kruse on June 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Im a bit late… but wanting to sign up for summer shape up!

  3. nicole on June 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Love you blog! I read it every day 🙂 You and your family are just the cutest!

  4. Ashley on June 8, 2013 at 12:35 am

    better late then never

  5. Tina on June 8, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Please sign me up for the challenge!!! Thank you 🙂

  6. Morgan on June 8, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Can’t believe I missed the start of Summer Shape Up! Anyway I can get on board for week 2?!

  7. Alison on June 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’m late but please sign me up if I still can!

  8. Julie Marceau on June 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Even though I’m a week late, I’d love to take part of that challenge!

  9. Christina on June 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Signing up again!

  10. Nina on June 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Please sign me up for the Summer Shape Up!

  11. Jeanna on June 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Please sign me up for the challenge. Thanks!

  12. Noelle on June 10, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I recently read about the Shape Up on My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries and excited to join in. Please sign me up for the newsletter!

  13. Noelle on June 10, 2013 at 9:45 am


  14. Colleen on June 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Looking forward to the workouts!

  15. Courtney on June 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm


    Please sign me up for the SSU! 🙂 I’m a week and a day late :-/ But better late than never. 😉

  16. Dharshi on June 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hii can I please be signed up for the SSU too 🙂 Thank you

  17. Sarah K on June 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I know I am late but can I sign up for the shape up 🙂

  18. Amanda on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I know I’m late, but I’m hoping to still be able to sign up! What a great program!

  19. Haley on June 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I’d still love to sign up if I’m able to! What a great program!

  20. Sarah on June 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Can I please sign up for SSU? I know I am late, but sounds like a great program I would love to try.

  21. The Girl in the Orange on June 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Aw foo, I am late. Well, I would still love to sign up for this, if it’s possible! Summer is the season of infinite motivation for me! 🙂 (Maybe it’s all the swimsuits…)

  22. Betsy on June 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Is it too late to sign up?

  23. Rebecca on June 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been out of the country but want to sign up!

  24. Veronica Saukam on June 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I’m a little late but I’m ready to shape it up! Sign me up (^_^)

  25. Erin @ GoBananasBlog on June 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Sign me up!

  26. Jenny on June 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

    A little late, but would love to sign up & join the party!

  27. Jess on June 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Ohh! Please sign me up if I’m not too late 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      never too late 🙂

  28. Danya on June 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I just heard of this, could you please sign me up?

  29. Sara on June 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Hi! Can I still sign up? Thank You! : )

  30. Jessica on June 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I’m a little late but just saw this! I would love to sign up.

  31. Kiera on June 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I’m super-late, but would love to sign up! Thanks so much for offering this free of charge. That’s really most excellent.

  32. Heather on June 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I am late to the party but want to sign up for Summer Shape Up!!

  33. Sarah on July 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I know I’m late but would love to do this in my own! Better late than never, right?? 🙂

  34. Diana on July 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I would love to sign up even though I’m late…. My challenge is that I have 2 knee’s that need to be replaced so a bunch of things are quite difficult, but I’ll give it a go!

  35. Kelly Burkett on August 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Love your blog. Thanks for everything you do!! Have a great weekend.

  36. Donna Holloway on August 9, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I’d love to try your Shape-Up Program.

  37. Jenna K on August 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I’d love to try the Shape Up! Is it possible even though I’m super late? : )

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