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Winter Shape Up 2015

Welcome to home base for the 2015 Winter Shape Up!

Winter Shape Up 2015

My friend Gina and I have partnered up again this winter to bring you this fun 4 week challenge. We hope it will inspire you! Gina is a personal trainer, so on her site, you’ll find the weekly workout videos and plans for the challenge, and here on mine I’ll be sharing the weekly meal plans and grocery lists. {As always, check with your doctor before making any exercise or nutrition changes.}

The Winter Shape Up will run from Monday, January 26 to Sunday, February 22, 2015. Here are links to all the content; this page will be updated as the new pages are published. More details and the answers to some questions you might have are below!

SPONSORS

Before I get into all the details, I’d like to say a big thank you to our sponsors who made it possible to offer this to you for free! They will be donating some awesome prizes that you can win simply for participating, the details of which will be in each of our weekly posts.

Wild Blueberries | Cabot | Sabra | Sizzlefish | About Time | FitFluential

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And now, here are some tips for getting the most out of this fun 4 week challenge:

Visualize a goal. What’s your intention behind joining in on the shape up? Looking to shake up your routine? Feel more energized? Get stronger? Eat more veggies? Whatever it is, write down what you’d like to accomplish and remind yourself daily for the next 4 weeks. Keep in mind: this isn’t an extreme weight loss plan, but simply a challenge to inspire you to get (and stay!) healthier and happier this year. Don’t focus on weight, but rather the foods and habits that will encourage weight loss, if that is your overall goal. Let weight loss (or maintenance) be a side effect of behavior change. And above all, aim for feeling healthy and happy. A number on the scale will not make you any happier than you are right now. But strength, confidence, feeling great, and living healthier will.

Consistency. The greatest way to achieve a new fitness or health goal is consistency. Stick with it and remember that the little things definitely add up! Be gentle with yourself throughout the challenge, and endeavor to be consistent in your actions, but don’t beat yourself up if you have an off day. Also, be patient with the long term changes. They will come if you focus on making your healthy changes an everyday lifestyle.

Engage with your fellow participants! Please consider joining the private Facebook group for the Winter Shape Up! It will be a welcoming place where you can be a cheerleader for yourself and other shape up participants. Just request to be added and we’ll approve you so you can share your successes and challenges and encourage everyone else along the way. We want to make this a fun and helpful community for everyone involved, so please make sure to check in each day with your workout, pictures of your healthy eats, and to cheer each other on!

Get social with #WinterShapeUp ! We’d love to hear how you guys are doing with this challenge! If you share updates or photos on social media, please include #WinterShapeUp and, if you have space, tag both myself (@fANNEtasticfood– follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!) and Gina (@fitnessista) so we can see! :)

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You are also welcome to snag this graphic to put in your posts or on your blog sidebar, if you want! Simply copy the code under the graphic and paste it into an html widget on your blog sidebar or into the source/html code section of your blog post and the graphic will appear.

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Do I need to sign up to participate? Nope! That’s the beauty of this challenge – it’s flexible! Just join in anytime you want, and consider joining the private Winter Shape Up Facebook group to support and share with your fellow participants.

How do I enter for prizes?! We’ll each have giveaways going on each week on both of our blogs from our awesome sponsors. You can comment once per day on the pages to enter (when you comment, please share updates on how you are doing with the challenge that day!), and at the end of that week’s challenge (on Monday), we’ll both randomly select a winner. So for example, the week 1 workout page on Gina’s blog and the week 1 meal plan page on my blog will both have giveaways going on. Simply comment up to once per day on each page with how things are going as your entry! That will give you up to 7 entries on each of our giveaways, and you’ll find out who won on Monday of the following week.

How do I keep track of all of the info? This page that you’re currently reading will be your home base for all things shape up-related. Each week’s meal ideas and workouts will all be linked here. If you’re joining in, keep this page in a safe place (bookmark it, Pin it) so that you can easily access all of the info. I’ll also add the Winter Shape Up graphic to my right upper sidebar and will link it to this page, so you can find it in case you lose it. The new meal plans will be posted on the Friday before, so you have time to grocery shop over the weekend!

Any questions or concerns, let us know. Have fun! :)

Comments

  1. 1

    I am already participating in the Daniel Plan with my church but I thought, the more the merrier! I am older so workouts will probably not be as strenuous as the ones you recommend but I can at least see what everyone is up to and have fun with it!

  2. 3

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I am getting ready for the shape-up next week and was looking up all the recipes. I am having a hard time finding a couple of them (specifically the “Omelette Quesadilla”. On the meal plan it looks like there are supposed to be hyperlinks to connect you to the recipes but they don’t work. Do you know where I can find that specific recipe?
    Thanks!

  3. 5

    Just had the banana oats for breakfast & am tracking through MyFitnessPal. Looking forward to the next 4 weeks!

  4. 6

    This is awesome! I love how easy the meal plan is! Much easier to plan out my week, and stay on track :)

  5. 7

    Just tried the banana oatmeal for breakfast-yum- I am starting a day late- but excited to have a meal plan- thanks Anne!

  6. 8

    I’m eating leftover Mexican lasagna today for lunch and some PB granola bars for snacks. I really enjoy having a plan – thanks for the meal ideas!

  7. 9
    Faye Holloway says

    Would it work to add chia seeds to mix for the baked oatmeal? I don’t know if they would be weird baked.

  8. 11

    Leftover Mexican lasagna again for lunch today – love it!

  9. 12

    Been traveling this week but trying to stick to healthy meals as much as possible! This morning I had the most amazing breakfast after my workout at the hotel gym – poached eggs on quinoa cakes with marinara sauce. The hotel restaurant is all fresh ingredients – it was awesome with my Honey Cinnamon Almond Milk Latte too :)

  10. 13

    Making the blueberry balls tomorrow! Can’t wait! They sound delicious!

  11. 14

    Made blueberry snack balls tum!

  12. 15

    Just made the blueberry balls – waiting for them to harden so I can roll them in coconut! Yum!

  13. 16

    I made a healthy greek salad with lots of veggies for dinner – thinking about healthy snacks like low sugar granola bars for the week. Thanks Anne!

  14. 17

    Another day of healthy choices!

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