Hi everyone! Happy Monday? 😀 Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!
Here is the FINAL re-cap of the Summer Shape Up!!! We did this challenge for 12 weeks (I know, it was a doozy) and thank you to all of you who stuck with it for the entire time. The reason the challenge was so long was because I wanted it to coincide with the challenge we did at the gym and even in the summer craziness, I am blown away with all of the amazing participants.
In this challenge, I suggested weekly weight/cardio routines, an eating plan, and that each participant drank 8 glasses of water and consumed 5 fruits and veggies each day. We had an online spreadsheet to track points and progress, and here are the final results….
(Participants with more than 20 points)
|Brittany (Eating Bird Food)||247|
|Moran (The Running Addict)||167|
|Sabrina (Rhodey Girl Tests)||153|
|Aisha I. (bambisfatloss.blogspot.com||89|
|Kaneil K. (Balance is Best)||80|
|Heather (Ramblings of H-bomb)||73|
|Sarah W. (http://sarawithanhishealthy.wordpress.com)||23|
|Sarah (Live, Laugh, Love)||21|
The top three girls with the highest points (and full participation) were:
Meghan N., Heather K. and Megan R.!!!
AMAZING work, girls!!! **************Please send me an email with your favorite magazine (that you don’t have a subscription to) and whether you would like macaroons, Super Charge Me cookies or raw granola in your goodie bag 😀
Some words from another Summer Shape Up rockstar, Brittany from Eating Bird Food (if you haven’t checked out her amazing blog yet, stop by and say hi!)
I learned so much doing the Summer Shape Up! It came at the perfect time because I was in what I like to a call a gym rut. Basically, I was doing the whole go to the gym, do 30-40 minutes of cardio, aimlessly walk around, do some machines or abs, then get bored and head out. It was okay, because at least I was getting in some cardio, but the point is that I wasn’t seeing results. My goal was to stronger and tone up (not lose weight) so really a strength training is what I needed; yet I was focusing most of my workout time on cardio.
Gina’s plan helped me to realize that strength training doesn’t have to be boring and there are lots of strength training exercises out there. And, the plan definitely went beyond the typical bicep curl (hello, Vogue Press and The Pretzel)! I was never bored because the workouts changed every week and the worksheet we used to track the shape up totally motivated me to squeeze in the workouts. The best part is that after doing the workouts for about two weeks I was already starting to see definition. Instant gratification!
The eating plan was pretty similar to my typical diet, although probably a bit cleaner. I got in my 8 cups of water and 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day rather easily, but I definitely still had days where I didn’t eat perfectly (lots of them).
Although I did miss some strength training and cardio sessions and didn’t eat clean EVERY single day, I really enjoyed the Summer Shape Up because kept me focused, motivated, and excited about working out. Overall, I lost 1 1b and built muscle so I’m thrilled!
I really hope you all learned something new from the Shape Up plan- I truly enjoyed it and thank you again to all of the participants 😀
If you’re a new reader, or wasn’t able to do the Shape Up, the workouts are here on the bloggy if you ever find yourself in a gym rut 😀
Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya this afternoon with the usual foodie, fitness and life mumbo jumbo 😉
A note: There has been some hub bub in the blog world recently regarding free samples/ product reviews- the lovely ladies Kath and Jenn have written about this. I just wanted to post a friendly reminder that even though I rarely do product reviews (it’s not the purpose of my blog and if I like something, I’ll eat it/do it/wear it no matter what), in the occasion that I review an item, I purchase the item myself and if the product fairy has paid me a visit, I make sure to let ya’ll know. Many of the items that I do giveaways for (like the cookbooks) are ones that I originally purchase myself, and if I’m crazy about it, I’ll write the company and ask for a giveaway item. I just feel better about it when we buy the items with our own money (I like buying groceries!… I’m a huge fan of shopping in general…..) and will only accept samples for the blog if it’s the kind of food I stand for (like the coconut water, Vega stuff and Stevia goodies). I don’t see any sense in accepting a freebee that I wouldn’t want to buy myself. I hope that’s ok with you guys! Please let me know if you’d like more product reviews (or if you’d like me to just do them every blue moon like usual), and of course the giveaways will still be coming 😀 I just don’t ever want you to feel like you’re watching a late-night shopping network show whilst reading the bloggy 😉