2017 Fitness Expo & Summer Shred Week 3 Recap


Another year and another fun fitness expo at Giants Stadium! It wasn’t as successful as years past – Apparently they stacked all of the good stuff on Saturday this year…and since I went only on Sunday this year I missed out. It was still a good time and I made the most out of it. I got some clutch samples and did some TRX exercises on the field!


I also did my annual tour of the locker room




All in all, it was a very fun day…and I can’t wait until next year! 

Now for my Summer Shred update. Once again my workouts last week were not the best but I did what I could. I kept my diet mostly in check. Friday was Cinco de Mayo and while I did have two drinks (Don Julio on the rocks with a splash of club soda and a few limes), I kept my diet under control. I did have the chips and guacamole…but I followed that with salad. 


Since I had chips, I didn’t eat most of that shell. It was very filling and delicious. Last time I did this shred, I deprived myself a lot. I could do that again and be just as cut…but deprivation has always been and will always be the root of all evil in me. I binge so hard after…it’s not worth it. I’ve finally found peace and balance with food…and it’s the most amazing thing. After the expo on Sunday, my friends and I went to Houlihan’s. I punched in several menu options into my handy app…and found something that would be delicious and somewhat macro friendly. 


I decided that I would really be strict until my birthday. I have no reason not to be. I planned on doing cardio this morning…but lack of sleep and stress shot me down. I attempted to hit the gym near my house after work and realized quickly I should’ve done by cardio before I left instead. No treadmills were free. I’ll make up for it tomorrow instead. No excuses. No bullshit. My stomach may be flat and I may be seeing results…but I’m not as cut as I would like to be as I begin week 4. Despite my lack of workouts, I am losing weight and inches…so I just need to kick it all up a notch. Higher protein…Lower carbs…Intensified workouts. I’ll post a weekly recap this weekend so you all can see what I ate and how I did. If you need the daily meals/macros, follow along on MyFitnessPal (username – TheFightToBeFit) or on Instagram (@thefight2befit)

2 more weeks….we got this! 
Stay strong & stay in the fight!

-Gina

Summer Shred – Push Yourself!

Tuesday. Despite it being my hell day…I kicked some serious ass on this second day of week 3!

It’s been a solid 3 weeks and while it hasn’t been perfect…I’m already seeing crazy results! This is my transformation from this past fall…a month or so after my surgery…versus yesterday morning:


Truly amazing how much my body has changed in such a short time! It’s definitely given me more motivation for the second leg of this shred.

My workout today was a short but intense leg day. The numbers next to the exercise indicate the weight I used. I didn’t have time for a long cardio session but I made sure to at least do a cool down.


Despite being so busy that I forgot to eat a normal breakfast (who does that?!), I managed to hit my macros & calories spot on! Here’s how the day looked:

Breakfast:

  • Caramel latte protein coffee
  • Rice cake, plain
  • Iced quad with 2 pumps SF cinnamon dolce and splash of almond milk (starbucks)

Post-workout– Phormula1 chocolate shake

Lunch:

  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 2 oz butternut squash
  • 2 oz string beans

Snacks:

  • Oh yeah! Chocolate chip cookie dough bar
  • Chocolate RX bar
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries with crystal light

Dinner:

  • Turkey burger with a sprinkle of cheese
  • 2 tsp chopped mushrooms
  • 2 oz string beans
  • 5 brussel sprouts


Looking forward to a bad ass PT session tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Ž Have a good night everyone!

-Gina

Summer Shred – Week 3!

Today was definitely a Monday ๐Ÿ™„ Despite getting off to a very rocky start and being super swamped all day, I managed to kick some serious ass today!

Thanks to insane traffic, I missed out on my morning workout BUT I made sure to go after work. I wasn’t letting another week slip me by. I got in a decent upper body workout…which was my first on my own post-op! Felt good to lift again and not feel crazy pain ๐Ÿ™‚


All of the exercises were done in 3 sets of 10 with varying weights. I finished with 20 minutes of sweaty cardio as I watched Monday Night Raw ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป

My diet and macros were spot on! Here’s how the day shaped up:

Breakfast: my stomach was still iffy when I woke up so I didn’t push it.

  • 1 rice cake with a tsp of pb
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (with almond milk)

Lunch:

  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 1 oz quinoa
  • 2 oz string beans
  • 1 mushroom, cut

Snacks:

  • Oh yeah! Chocolate chip cookie dough bar
  • Dark roast iced coffee with almond milk (Dunkin’)
  • RX chocolate bar (pre-workout)
  • Phormula1 chocolate shake (post-workout)

Dinner: it got super late so I made it as light…and delicious…as possible

  • Salad made with chopped romaine lettuce, tbsp of toasted chick peas, 1/4 small avocado, 1 chopped turkey burger, and a sprinkle of cheese. No dressing ๐Ÿ™‚


Tomorrow is my hell day but I have plans for a solid (& heavy) leg day nonetheless. Not letting stress or long workdays get the best of me this week!

Have a good night everyone!

-Gina

Summer Shred – Fighting to be Fit….Through the Chaos

What a week! The second week of my Summer Shred definitely didn’t go as I intended…but it wasn’t all lost. I stuck to my meal plan and my macros were almost perfect everyday. I lost a pound despite not working out as hard as I wanted to and I’m noticing my waist get smaller and smaller everyday!

While a stressful, busy work week kept me away from my own workouts most days…my diet was great. Here’s how the last few days looked:

Breakfast:

  • Wednesday, 4/26: 2 eggs with a sprinkle of cheese & caramel latte protein coffee
  • Thursday, 4/27: rice cake with tsp of PB & caramel latte protein coffee
  • Friday, 4/28: rice cake with tsp of PB & caramel latte protein coffee
  • Saturday, 4/29: mini bagel with cream cheese, caramel latte protein coffee, large iced coffee with almond milk & 1 splenda
  • Sunday, 4/30: (brunch at the diner) omelette with goat cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes, caramel latte protein coffee, 3 iced coffees with a splash of milk & splenda

Lunch:ย 

  • Wednesday, 4/26ย 4 oz of ground turkey with 1 oz of quinoa and mushrooms
  • Thursday, 4/27 – 4 oz of ground turkey with 2 oz of sweet potato andย mushrooms along with that hadย just lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese.
  • Friday, 4/28 – I had run out of meal prepped food…so I had a salad with lettuce, mushrooms, and cheese along with the remaining 2 oz of sweet potato
  • Saturday, 4/29 – I went to lunch with a co-worker after a very long but successful event for work. I had a HUGE Greek salad with grilled chicken and a few slices of grilled pita
  • Sunday, 4/30 – No lunch, since my breakfast was brunch…at 1 pm

Snacks: Pretty much the same everyday – RX Bars, Oh Yeah bars, frozen blueberries with crystal light, carrots or rice cake with PB, and cottage cheese. I also had Phormula1 shakes or BCAAs in my water.

Dinner: I had cauliflower almost everyday….which has destroyed my stomach. Laying off that and all other super gassy veggies this week.

  • Wednesday, 4/26 – 10 grilled calamari rings with cauliflower & string beans
  • Thursday, 4/27 – Palm Beach salad from Chopt
  • Friday, 4/28 – 2 turkey burgers with mushrooms and cauliflower
  • Saturday, 4/29 – 2 turkey burgers with a salad and 1/2 small avocado
  • Sunday, 4/30 – 1 turkey burger with mushrooms & 2 plain rice cakes

My macros were pretty good, all things considered. My fats were a little high the last two days but otherwise they were spot on:

Beginning tomorrow, I will be incorporating cardio into every workout…everyday. It’s gonna suck but I have to make up for lost time. Friday is Cinco de Mayo and anyone who knows me knows how much I die for Mexican food…& margaritas. I may allow myself a taco or two but I won’t go crazy. This girl has a goal and once I reach it, I can celebrate with as many margaritas and/or tequila shots my heart desires!

I plan on keeping my diet mostly the same but maybe incorporating other protein bars into the mix. Seems the coffee RX bars I love so much are discontinued and while I do enjoy other flavors, it’s just not the same. So I’ll mix it up a bit. My workouts will be as follows:

  • Monday – upper body + cardio
  • Tuesday – lower body + cardio
  • Wednesday – upper body (PT)
  • Thursday – lower body + cardio
  • Friday – total body (PT)
  • Saturday – cardio (1 hour)

Since Sunday is the annual fitness expo at MetLife, I doubt I’ll do a workout. I’ll make that an active rest day, as there will be plenty of walking and whatever else I can get myself into.

Here’s hoping for a less stressful and more active week 3!

-Gina

No Excuses: Summer Shred – Week 2, Day 2

Oh Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜ฉ This was such a long, crazy day…I legit thought it was a different day. With so many errands and so much work to do today, I only managed a 15 minute cardio session (on the stair master, of course). I could’ve done nothing and had plenty of excuses for it. But what good would that have done? I figured doing a little bit of something is always better than doing nothing at all. Besides, tomorrow is my PT session so I’ll surely make up for it then!

Despite the chaotic day, I kept my diet in check. Calories and macros were pretty much perfect! Here’s how the day looked:

Breakfast

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp PB
  • Sprinkle of flax & cinnamon
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (with almond milk)

Lunch:

  • 4 oz solid white tuna
  • 1 small avocado
  • Salad with approx 1 cup of chopped romaine, sprinkle of cheese, 1 tsp balsamic dressing

Snacks:

  • 2 phormula1 chocolate shakes (with water)
  • RX blueberry bar (definitely not as good as the coffee…but not nearly as bad as the PB)
  • Chili lime protein chips
  • 100 calorie almonds
  • Dark roast iced coffee with almond milk (Dunkin)

Dinner:

  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 2 oz string beans & mushrooms
  • 1 oz quinoa


Here’s hoping for a less crazy day tomorrow…along with a kickass workout ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

Have a good night everyone!

-Gina

Summer Shred – Kicking Off Week 2ย 

And so begins another week…and the 2nd week of my Summer Shred! 

I haven’t been crazy hungry or having weird cravings this go around. I will say my sweet tooth has reared it’s ugly head…but I’ve found the “sour patch” blueberries really do the trick.


I sat in a ton of traffic…after spending more time than anticipated getting new car insurance ๐Ÿ™„ so I wasn’t able to get in a crazy workout. BUT I did manage to get in 25 minutes of good, sweaty cardio. 15 minutes on the arc trainer, 10 minutes on the old school stair master = 200 calories burned!

My diet was on point today…and my macros were just about perfect. Here’s what my day looked like:

Breakfast

  • RX Bar
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (with almond milk)

Post-workout: phormula1 chocolate shake (with water)

Lunch:

  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 1 oz quinoa
  • 1 oz mushrooms
  • 1 oz string beans

Snacks:

  • Oh yeah! Chocolate chip cookie dough bar
  • 9 baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup blueberries with crystal light lemonade

Dinner:

  • 4 oz rotisserie chicken
  • Approx 2 cups of romaine lettuce chopped
  • Sprinkle of cheese
  • Baby carrots (1 oz)
  • Mushrooms (1 oz)
  • Cauliflower (2 oz)

*All mixed together with homemade balsamic vinegarette

Here’s to another awesome day tomorrow! Have a good night everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

-Gina

Summer Shred – weekend recap

How is it already Sunday?? Where does the weekend go?! Well. At any rate…we’ve reached a full week! 

My weekend was pretty hectic but I did my best to stick to the plan anyway. I carried my snacks and water around to avoid outside food. I did bend a little and have some sushi today. After all, I have been craving sushi for a long time. I’m not allowing myself much but I did have that today.

Overall, my carbs were higher than they should’ve been both days. As far as exercise, I did nothing yesterday. I was super sore and let my body rest. Today, I walked a mile at the beach. Wasn’t crazy but it was something. I’ll get back to it tomorrow. 

Here’s how my meals & macros looked for the weekend:

Breakfast:

Saturday– PB oats with caramel latte protein coffee

Sunday – 3 egg whites with sprinkle of cheese & mushrooms with 1/2 small avocado & 1/2 cup sweet potatoes

Lunch:

Saturday – nothing

Sunday – sushi lunch at Haiku: 1 spicy tuna roll, 1 avocado roll (both made with brown rice) & a garden salad without dressing

Snacks:

Saturday – (throughout the day) 100 calorie almonds, rice cake with tsp of PB, BCAAs in water, RX bar, 1/2 cup blueberries with crystal light lemonade, dark roast iced coffee with almond milk (Dunkin’)

Sunday: RX bar, dark roast iced coffee with almond milk (Dunkin’), 1/2 cup blueberries with crystal light lemonade

Dinner:

Saturday – breakfast burrito: 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg, mushrooms, sprinkle of cheese, 1/2 small avocado, low carb wrap

Sunday – 5 oz tilapia, 2 oz chicken, 4 pieces of cauliflower, 1 oz string beans, salad with mushrooms mixed with homemade balsamic vinegarette.

Macros:

Saturday 

Sunday


Definitely not perfect but life happens and we have to make adjustments accordingly. Back on my grind tomorrow! Let’s start week 2 off strong!

Have a great night everyone!

-Gina