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Summer Shape Up Update 1

Hi everyone!  I’m excited to continue sharing my fitness journey with you.  If you followed along with my 30 Day Shred Challenge, you’re already familiar with my update format.  If not, why weren’t you?  Jk.  Here is a quick rundown of how my updates work:

– I write about each day in detail so it can get kind of long.  I like to do this because it makes me and my fitness journey transparent, but also because I really enjoy going back and seeing my progress.  It also keeps me honest.  A few times I didn’t want to do the workout the thought that I would have to write that shamed me into doing it.  And even when I thought “well I could just lie, no one would know” I just couldn’t bring myself to lie to you all!

– Updates are written in present tense.  I usually write them the day of or day after so they are fresh in my mind.

– I post the updates on a weekly basis.  The Summer Shape Up schedule is

June 3: Shape Up begins!

June 10: Update 1, Days 1-7

June 17: Update 2, Days 8-14

June 24: Update 3, Days 15-21

July 1: Update 4, Days 22-28

– I don’t post a lot of pictures here, but I do Instagram them so be sure to follow me!  #summershapeup.  That hashtag is from the SSU host, the Fitnessista, so it will bring up people other than me too!

– Because the SSU is not a challenge I created, I am abiding by the creators “rules” and respecting her privacy.  I won’t be posting workout details and will only include the details she has put on her public page.  However, if you want to see the workout details all you have to do is sign up on her page!

– I don’t think I’ll be writing about my hunger like I did in 30 Day Shred Challenge because I didn’t find it that helpful.

Here we go!



Week 1

I am still completing my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Challenge so some substitutions were made.  I indicated where.

Day 1 6/3/2013

Motivation: High!  I am super pumped to begin SSU.

Cheats: I did Workout 1 and substituted HIIT with 30 Day Shred because I am still completing that challenge.  I didn’t have to modify anything in the workout but I did have to motivate myself a lot!  At one point I started talking out loud audibly counting down reps, telling myself I can do this, and saying it is almost over.  This is definitely a killer!  The tricep dips buuuuuuurned so good.

After Feelings: Wiped!

Day 2 6/4/2013

Motivation: Low.  I really had to convince myself to workout today.  I substituted Steady State with Level 3 of Shred.

Cheats: I just wasn’t into it today and it showed.  I took it easy on the squats because I was feeling some pain there.

After Feelings: Tired, but glad I did it since I really didn’t want to!

Day 3 6/5/2013

Motivation: High!  Did the workout when I got home and it was so much easier than the first day.  It’s amazing how quickly your body adjusts!

Day 4: 6/6/2013

My knees were bothering me I think from all the squats so I took off today.

Day 5: 6/7/2013

Never take a day off… then you can’t get started again.

Day 6: 6/8/2013

Move on

Day 7: 6/9/2013

Don’t look at me


I started off strong and excited but finished like poop.  I should never take a day off, even when it is in the schedule, because I can’t just take one day.  I’m pledging to make next week better!


Rock Bottom

Not that I necessarily feel I owe my few devoted followers an explanation for my recent absence, but I do feel writing and sharing will be cathartic for me.

My wonderful friend Rachel summed up my recent problems quite nicely: no one should move so close to winter.  Combine moving to a new town, living alone, having to start all over with friends, a new job you’re still unsure of, and no boyfriend with the regular winter blues and you have a recipe for prolonged depression and loneliness.  (Allow me to digress for a moment and say that I at no point felt my depression was life-threatening or so serious to seek medical intervention nor do I confuse depression the illness with depression the feeling.  I was depressed, I did not have depression.)

I started feeling bad around November and never did anything to fix it.  I allowed myself to wallow in my own misery and I was starting to feel like Young Werther.  The sadness was doubled when I put my little fiber optic Christmas tree on the bureau used as a linen closet in my tiny little kitchen/dining/living room.  It was sad all there alone with no one else to look at it.

The sadness hit its peak and spilled over in a wash of tears when I removed the picture frames that normally sit on the bureau and replaced it with other Christmas decorations.  I had Christmas music playing for the first time and was feeling rather festive after spending the day bargain hunting for Christmas decorations.  And so the music was blaring, the fiber optic tree was glowing, and I was unwrapping the protective paper from my recent purchases.  I removed the non-Christmas items from the bureau and began replacing them with the Christmas items.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland came on Pandora and I stepped back to look at my work.  It was so meager and sad.  The fiber optic tree surrounded by tiny little decorations set me off.  And that’s when the tears started and didn’t stop for nearly three hours.  It was intense.  I was crying and I didn’t have a solid reason why.  I texted my cousin who is always understanding, but didn’t quite know what I was going through.  I texted Rachel who, for whatever reason, I knew would understand exactly.  And understand she did.  And talk to me she did.  And help me she did.  We narrowed it down to the above mathematical equation and moved on to reminiscing about other things.

Writing and sharing my sad life was the last thing I wanted to do.  I knew that it was probably the first thing I should be doing, but I could barely bring myself to wake up every morning let alone write about how I couldn’t wake up.  Through talking to Rachel I realized that I had let go of the goals I only recently set for myself.  I let yoga leave my life.  I stopped researching the healthy foods.  I stopped making clean eating a priority.  And I stopped caring if I made friends.  It was pathetic.

The best part about reaching lows like that is knowing that there isn’t much further to go down.  You can only go up.  And going up isn’t that hard.  Just one tiny change, and you’re up quite a bit.  It’s so easy to let go of your goals and a huge challenge to hold on to them. That’s what makes them so special when you finally achieve them.  The good things in life are the ones you work hardest for.

So I’m going to work hard to reclaim my happiness and my goals.  2012 is going to be fresh and healthy.  Gina at the Fitnessista recently started sharing ways to make each month amazing.  She even cutely alliterates each month (December was Divine).  I’ve decided to do something similar.  Her ways are always pretty general and she invites her readers to join her.  My goals might be more specific, but I know there are plenty out there who will be able to join in.  Keep a look out for my first monthly goal post.

Much love and appreciation for your kind reading eyes.

I <3 Oatmeal

I have a few new loves.  I’ve written about my asparagus, kale, smoothie, quinoa, and raw and rice milk loves.  And sometime soon I’ll be writing about my peanut butter love.  But now I’d like to share with you my oatmeal love.

I was never an oatmeal fan.  In fact, growing up my hot cereal of choice was cream of wheat and my brother’s was oatmeal.  It was one of the only foods we didn’t fight over since we didn’t like the other’s hot cereal.  A few years ago my mom started making steel cut oatmeal on the stove and I still didn’t like it.  But for whatever reason, call it getting older, maturing, being healthier, tastes changing, whatever, I started liking and craving oatmeal.  I find it to be an easy and healthy before bed snack, something you can quickly eat before work (or on the way to work), and often a dinner substitute.  I never thought to add protein powder to my oatmeal until I saw the Fitnessista doing it as both a cereal and her famous, and highly suggested, breakfast cookie.  What an easy way to add some protein and really get your fill!  And so began my journey in trolling the blog world for oatmeal recipes and realizing I am not alone in my oatmeal love.

Check out…

Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal

Eating Bird Food’s Creamy Overnight Oats

Cara’s Cravings’ Quick Pumpkin Protein Oats

Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s Instant Baked Oatmeal

Kath Eats Real Food’s love of Oatmeal is so intense she is an entire section of her blog devoted to it.  Tribute to Oatmeal

When you visit each of those links, be sure to click on their recipe page and you’ll find in almost every single one of them a separate section labeled oatmeal.  I’m telling you, people’s love of oatmeal is deep.

So because I’m new to oatmeal I have been relying on a lot of these recipes for ideas but I quickly found that it is hard to mess up oatmeal.  And so I give you tonight’s creation:

Quick Nutella Protein Oatmeal

(all measurements are an approximation as I didn’t measure when making this!)

–          ¼ cup oatmeal

–          1 tbsp protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)

–          Dash of salt

–          Soy milk to your wetness desire (teehee)

–          A spoonful of Nutella

Combine oatmeal, protein, salt, and soy milk (or your milk of choice) in a microwaveable bowl.  Microwave to your desired doneness (I left mine pretty wet).  Take out, stir, and plop a spoonful of Nutella on top.  Delish.

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