Make May Amazing + this month’s challenge!

I can’t believe it’s May already! So many exciting things on the way: Cinco de Drinko Mayo and Meg and Kyle’s wedding! I’ve been picturing Livi on the dance floor for at least 8 months now, and it’s finally almost here. Any tips for avoiding the dinosaur cry while I watch the ceremony? I’m going to be up there bawling my face off.

May is the perfect time to figure out early fall fitness events, start training, enjoy outdoor activities and picnic. I hope that those of you in school are enjoying the end of the semester- your summer break is almost here!

Here are some ways to add some *amazing* into an already great month:

Bell in the grass

-Take your pet for a little TLC. Last week, I took Bella with me to get dog food later at night. The Pilot was at home giving Livi her bedtime bath and story, and on the way back from Petco, Bella and I passed the park. I made a U-turn and pulled into the parking lot. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken Bell to the dog park and needless to say, she was ecstatic. She got to chase the big dogs along the fence, played with a chubby chihuahua named Squirt, and we walked the loop twice. I felt like she was smiling the rest of the night. Even though we walk Bella and Caroline regularly -ok, Caro rides in the BOB with Livi- I’m going to plan at least two more dog park dates with Bella this month. I think Caro might like it, too.

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-Check your SPF. It’s important to wear SPF daily ALL year, but take extra caution to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. A little Vitamin D is always nice, but be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat to keep your skin healthy and youthful. It’s also a good time to check out any suspicious moles to have them checked out by a doc. The Pilot has a mole on his forehead that I’ve been harassing him to get checked; this month will be the month.

-Kick or start a new habit. Write down a personal goal that you want to change this month. If you’re a smoker, here’s my mama-like push to try and quit. My friend Gena has an amazing post about when she quit smoking if you want to check it out. Want to start a new habit, like putting together your lunch or gym clothes each night before bed? Give it a whirl for at least a week and see how great it feels. If you feel like sharing, let me know what your personal goal is in the comments section!


-Try out a new lip gloss. Spring is always a fun time to freshen up your makeup routine, and I love this post the Meg did on lip stains. My current favorite is the LUSH tinted lip balm- it smells lovely and gives the perfect amount of color.

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-Treat yourself to a new lightweight workout tank. Soft tech material is always a good choice, especially if you like super sweaty and/or outdoor workouts. Reebok, lululemon, Target and Old Navy all have some fantastic warm weather tanks.

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-Pump up your strength training plan! If you haven’t changed up your fitness routine, the time is YESTERDAY. Remember that our bodies are intelligent machines- if you demand the same thing, it will kick into cruise control and you will get the same result from your work. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, right? Same goes with strength training. Great news, too! Summer Shape Up starts May 27th- buckle up!


-Join us for this month’s challenge: a smoothie a day in May! Fresh juice counts, too 🙂 Juices and smoothies are an awesome way to get in a huge dose of nutrients, plus they’re super refreshing in the warmer months. For some of my favorite smoothie recipes, check out this post, and Gena has a fantastic roundup of juice recipes here. You can also make a batch of smoothie packs for the week. Please be sure to check in each day with your creation (leave a comment below or tweet/Instragram @fitnessista #smoothieaday #eatlikeapro). The person who stands out with the most check-ins will win a prize. I’m not sure what it is yet, but I promise to make it awesome 😉

What are you looking forward to this May? Who’s joining in the smoothie challenge??



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  1. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on May 2, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I’m trying to start a new habit, so May is the perfect time to really get it done. Waking up an hour earlier in the morning to make sure I have time to read some blogs and relax with a cup of coffee. Whenever I make myself do it, I’m sooo much happier and relaxed the entire day. It’s worth it!

  2. Becca on May 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I’m excited about Summer Shape Up!

    My May goal is to get myself back into the parks after work to go running. I’d been doing runs around the neighborhood to save time and transportation but I’ve run all the streets so many times now that I can’t stand them anymore!

  3. Amy on May 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yesterday I tried a new juice in my blendtec – water, apple, strawberries, spinach and 2 slices of lime – it was delicious.

    • Fitnessista on May 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      whoa that sounds so delicious!

  4. Amy on May 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This morning’s breakfast was a Coconut Raspberry smoothie: coconut milk, water, frozen banana, raspberries, chia seeds and honey.

    Loving the smoothie challenge this month.

  5. catherine c. on May 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I tweeted you about my juice today, but didn’t hashtag, so I wanted to post on here! I had a carrot, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, apple, pineapple juice with some chia seeds added in at the end 🙂

    hopefully my juices have been counting…I haven’t hash-tagged! argh!!! lesson learned 🙂

  6. Amy on May 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Friday’s smoothie was an almost disaster – way too full cup in the car = no bueno! Thank goodness I was able to catch the cup before it spilled anymore…
    Almond milk, frozen pineapple, frozen strawberries, spinach & chia seeds.

  7. Amy on May 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Today and yesterday’s smoothie was the same – Detoxinista’s chocolate cherry smoothie (minus the avocado).
    I’m counting down until summer shape up starts. Hoping to recruit some ladies from work to join me in the challenge.

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