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:


  • 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


  • Wednesday, 4/26 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 and mushrooms along with that had 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!



No Excuses: Summer Shred – Week 2, Day 2

Oh Tuesday 😩 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:


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


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


  • 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)


  • 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 🤞🏻

Have a good night everyone!


Summer Shred – Kicking Off Week 2 

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 🙄 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:


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

Post-workout: phormula1 chocolate shake (with water)


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


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


  • 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 🙂


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:


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


Saturday – nothing

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


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


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.




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!


Summer Shred, Day 5 – FriYAY vibes 

Happy FriYAY!! Day 5 wasn’t as amazing as I hoped. The PT session was definitely not as hardcore as it could’ve been…thanks to a nagging bicep issue. That issue has been plaguing me since my surgery and for whatever reason it picked today to act up. I got in a semi-decent workout nonetheless and was even able to get some ART/Massage work done to it afterward. 

At least my diet…and macros…were on point. Here’s what that looked like:


  • 3 egg whites scrambled with a sprinkle of cheese, 4 pieces of asparagus, a handful of balsamic mushrooms
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (with almond milk)

Post-Workout: Phormula1 chocolate shake (with water)


  • 3 oz ground turkey
  • 3 oz kale
  • 1 oz mushrooms
  • 4 pieces of asparagus


  • 100 calorie almonds
  • Iced coffee with almond milk & 1 Splenda
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries with crystal light lemonade (to kill my sugar craving)


  • 3 oz tilapia
  • 1 oz butternut squash
  • 4 oz string beans
  • 2 mushroom caps
  • Salad with sprinkle of cheese, 1/2 cup chick peas, and homemade balsamic vinegarette

Tomorrow is going to be a hectic day but I’m going to try to get some extra cardio in…and keep my diet in check. Have good night everyone!


Summer Shred – Day 4

And just like that we are almost done with week one! Day 4 was a little hectic for me but I stuck to my game plan! I didn’t think I was getting my cardio in…but it happened unexpectedly. While planning an upcoming event at work, I went on an impromptu 3.2 mile walk around my office building. Score!

My meals were on point. Here’s what the day looked like:


  • 1/2 cup oats mixed with 1 tsp peanut butter, a sprinkle of flax seeds, and a pinch of cinnamon
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (made with 4 oz almond milk)


  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 2 oz kale
  • 1 oz quinoa


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 3 tsp frozen blueberries

  • 100 calorie almonds


  • 3 oz turkey cutlet
  • 2 oz butternut squash
  • 2 oz string beans
  • 10 brussel sprouts
  • Salad made with 1 oz toasted chick peas, a sprinkle of cheese, and homemade balsamic vinegarette
  • Raspberry lime seltzer

Macros were almost perfect but my calories were pretty low. I did make sure to drink a ton of water again so while I’m a little hungry, I’m definitely not starving. 

I’m excited for tomorrow. Not only is it going to be an ass-kicking PT day…it’s finally FriYAY! We made it! Have a great night everyone 🙂


Believe it…Achieve it – Summer Shred, Day 3

Day 3 is complete…and what a day it was! Here’s how my almost perfect day of eating went:

Breakfast – 3 egg whites with mushrooms, asparagus & a sprinkle of cheese; 1/4 cup of oats with cinnamon; caramel latte protein coffee (2 shots of espresso,  4 oz of almond milk, caramel latte protein)

Post-workout: Phormula1 chocolate shake (with water)

Lunch: 4 oz ground turkey; 2 oz kale, 3 tsp quinoa

Snacks: almonds (100 calorie pack); chocolate sea salt RX bar; iced coffee with almond milk

Dinner: 4 oz roast pork, 2 oz butternut squash, 2 oz string beans, 2 mushroom caps

Macros & calories were almost perfect!! With that and my water intake being on point, I definitely was not nearly as hungry as I was on day 1. I also had an amazing upper body workout today…which included pull ups!! My favorite…and something that I haven’t been able to do in over two years! 

This was the entire upper body workout for today:

Part of the reason for this shred is to challenge myself. It isn’t just to look good…it’s for that extra motivation in the gym. Something I’ve been lacking since my injury…and especially since my surgery. There really are no words to accurately describe how incredible it felt to be able to attempt my favorite exercise again after so long. It was an amazing boost…which is going to come in handy for cardio day tomorrow 😣

Have a good night everyone!