Today’s giveaway is brought to you from my favorite almond and almond milk brand: Blue Diamond!

They’ll be giving 6 Winter Shape Up-ers each:











– 2 8 oz containers of dark chocolate almonds and

– 2 6 oz containers of whole natural

It’s a great chance to stock up one a healthy, delicious and portable snack option (especially coated in a little dark chocolate.. antioxidant and energy boost!)

How to enter:

Leave a comment with your thoughts onΒ Workout #2! What did you choose for your HIIT? Was the video helpful? Are you a sweaty beast?

I’ll pick 6 winners to announce with tomorrow’s AM post.




  1. Judy on February 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    The viseo was REALLY helpful. I actually liked workout 1 better, but I think that’s just personal preference. Variety is good!

  2. Katie on February 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Loved workout #2. Kept my heart rate up with jumping lunges and squats! The plank twisty thing was tough with a weight!

  3. Natalie on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Totally sweaty! That plank mess was tough. I modified it and felt it a lot in my booty. Don’t know if that’s normal. Looking forward to conquering those beasts!

  4. Shannon on February 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    oohhh my goodness, that was hard! Faked the jumprope for the HIIT since I couldn’t find one but I was still super sweaty!

  5. catherine c. on February 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Wow I haven’t been back from the gym for an hour and my booty and thighs are already dying! I used a stair climber for my 15 minutes of HIIT…even more booty burn! πŸ™‚

  6. Monica on February 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Wow! Workout #2 is definitely a cardio party! I’m loving WSU. Thanks for putting all of this together- the check-ins are keeping me on track. πŸ™‚

  7. Leah O on February 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Workout 2 kicked my butt! I did it this morning and my legs were like jelly after I finished lol. Again, the plank was the hardest for me, I could only do 5 reps on each side x 3. I love almonds, and chocolate covered almonds. Some of the best are the chocolate covered ones from trader’s with coarse sugar and sea salt, so amazing.

  8. Carolyn on February 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    LOVED workout 2!!! The video was definitely helpful, especially for the planks! I did the jump rope HIIT and was definitely sweaty!

  9. Stephanie D on February 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wow! Nice and sweaty after a great Workout #2! Thanks!

  10. Molly C. on February 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I did jump rope for my HIIT, YES the video was helpful, and YES I was a sweaty beast πŸ™‚ Thanks, girl!

  11. Bethany Henderson on February 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I actually had to switch up the schedule, because I was sick yesterday….today I did a killer class, with a bunch of HIIT sets mixed with spin, and body pump….super fun! Im getting up at 5 in the morning to try workout #2 and a HIIT. I have been stuck at 128-129 for about a month, and after last week, got down to 126! Your workouts are great!!!

  12. Hayes on February 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Quick question- how heavy should the weights be for moves 2-5? Is 10 lb too heavy?

  13. Kathleen@newversionofme on February 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I am a day behind – looking foward to workout 2 tomorrow! Today I did 4 miles jog/sprint.

  14. Kiah on February 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Did workout 2! All those squats definitely hurt by the end.

  15. Christy L. on February 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Did workout two this morning with your warm-up, and followed it by a mile run. Those plank combos were SERIOUS.

  16. Sarah on February 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I incorporated workout 2 into my strength routine today! I love the new moves and ideas-the plank killed me πŸ™‚ and I’m getting better at the jumping lunges since last week!

  17. Chelsea on February 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! Workout 2 kicked my booty! Those planks are AWESOME. I did 30 mins of HIIT on the treadmill after 3 rounds of the workout, and I was SUPER sweaty by the end. Thanks for another amazing workout!

  18. Hannah on February 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Workout number two was a killer! Really felt it in my arms today! I switched up the jumprope HIIT for the elliptical. My coordination skills are a bit lacking and every time I try and jump rope I end up tripping on it πŸ˜› It’s not a pretty sight

  19. Melanie Brown on February 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Great workout! My quads are still feeling the effects of week 1! Jump lunges…UGH!! I like the core work – planks are so great!! I did 10 minutes of jump rope 20 on 20 off b/c I was short on time. Felt great & it was a nice way to start the week (esp. after superbowl snacks :)..Thanks for all your motivation & help!

  20. Lauren M. on February 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Gina – The curse and a blessing about having a high energy dog is that he always needs exercise even when it’s raining and snowing so it keeps me going even when I want to be lazy, so I took my dog for a very slow few mile run this morning and in the afternoon a mile walk for my workout too warmup. And wow workout 2 kicked my butt! Those plank twist things were killer! I followed 3 rounds with 15 minutes of HIIT on the jump rope. Improving at jump roping has always been on my list and your workout is giving me the motivation to finally do it. πŸ™‚ – L

  21. Natasha on February 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Today was my recovery day but after reading all the comments for workout #2 I’m scared but pumped!

  22. Kristin on February 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Took a spin class today (had to move things around a bit) and am excited to try workout 2 tomorrow. Oh, and yesterday I was going to skip my final workout #1, but then busted it out during the Super Bowl power outage. (I took it as the workout gods message to me to get it done πŸ˜‰

  23. Kelsey on February 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I liked today’s workout. I did spin, my favorite, for the HIIT

  24. Meghan on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Workout 2 was awesome, brutal, but awesome! I thought the plank combo was the hardest, I tried to do it without modifying but had the tendency to tip over! πŸ˜› for the HIIT, I did it running 30 sprint/30 easy run, for 20 minutes. No jump rope available for me! Great workout, looking forward to mastering some of the moves by the end of the week!

  25. Siobhan on February 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Your workouts are great! Did week #1 and am on track with workout #2 thus far – my heart was pounding and the plank was super challenging. Had to do it without a weight!

  26. Kaitlin on February 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    That workout made me so sweaty! I had to modify a few things due to some limitations I have due to a whiplash injury, but I still worked really hard and got all sweaty! Instead of the full 10-15 minutes of HIIT, I did 5 or so minutes of running intervals with my puppy, and walked for another 30 or so minutes. I agree with a lot of people: the video was wonderful. I didn’t have any questions about the move, and I didn’t have to stop between moves to check what to do next, since I had already since the flow on your video. Thank you so much for that!

  27. Martha Burke on February 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Just joining in for Week #2, and the workout was an awesome challenge! Feeling strong, sweaty and inspired!

  28. Sarah @ undereverything on February 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Workout #2 was awesome! Had to modify a few things – no jump lunges because my big toe is sprained (boo!) and ditched the weights on the planks because I only had 8lb weights and I fell over. Yeah… not awesome.
    Anyway, those almonds look delicious! Loving the challenge – thanks again for all the hard work you’ve put into this year’s Shape Up!

  29. Laura B on February 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Workout 2 was killer! I only made it through two rounds and that was plenty! the lunge portion was challenging. I don’t have a jump rope, so I did high knees for five minutes then pretend jump rope for another 10. My husband was impressed with my dedication. πŸ™‚ now it’s time to shower off!

  30. Andrea on February 5, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Workout 2 was killer – that plank combo is tought. You make it look so easier in your video :). I did 3 rounds of workout 2 after my typical Monday night ballet sculpt class. I left a sweaty mess. Thank you!!

  31. Aimee M on February 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    The video definitely helps! I love to make sure I’m doing things right, especially if it’s a new-to-me workout.

  32. Irene on February 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m behind, but did my speed surge yesterday (12 min each on three machines upping the intensity each time) and this morning I did a Jillian Michaels workout with my husband. I’m going to try and convince him to try the WO #2 later this week!

  33. Katie Brehmer on February 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    SWEATY BEAST is an understatement! This workout was just what I needed to get my legs feeling powerful. This will definatly be added to my weekly routine as today it hurts to walk or sit, but to me that means I worked HARD!

  34. Ashley-Rose on February 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Workout 2 was just what I need to feel good in my v”Valentines day dress!

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