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Spring Shape Up

  • April 8, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Spring Shape Up

First off, can I just say how excited I am that Mad Men is back on tv?  Love, love, love!  I know a lot of people dislike Betty, but I’m happy to see her come back into the show a bit more.  I find her intriguing and strange.  Also, I’m really into the late sixties clothing.  I nearly died when Megan and Don were in Hawaii 1.) because they were in Hawaii and I was getting nostalgic for my Hawaiian wedding which was almost exactly one year ago! and 2.) because I was super in to her clothes-very Trina Turk, which is one of my favs!

(Source) Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) of AMC’s Mad Men

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(Source) Trina Turk for comparison purposes!

Oh I can’t wait for more Mad Men to come!  I think it will be a great season!

Anyway, I digress enough!  Back to business!  With the first real warm day in NYC today, the realization that bathing suit season is just around the corner really hit me!  It won’t be long now before we are sheading our winter sweaters in favor or tank tops and bikinis!  So with that in mind, I’ve created a Spring Shape Up Workout to get ready for the season of skin!  This is part 1 of a 4 part series designed to whittle, shape and tone your way to spring!

Here’s the info:

1.) Follow the Shape Up plan below 2-3x per week.  Perform 2 sets of 12-15 reps.

2.)  Add in some cardio!  You can’t expect to look great without putting in the hard work!  Pick your favorite form of cardio, whether it be indoor or outdoor, and stick with it for at least 45 minutes 4x per week.*  If you need some suggestions, check out my Treadmill HIIT Workout or At Home Cycling Workout.

3.)  Eat well.  This is very important!  You need to stick with an eating plan that will help you reach your goals.  If you want to lose weight, you will most likely need to reduce your calorie intake while increasing your calorie expenditure (i.e., exercise!).  If you are looking to maintain your weight, you will still need to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.  For more information on a healthy diet, check out my nutrition basics post.  If you have a difficult time maintaining a healthy diet, check out my review on Diet-to-Go, which I used before my wedding and recommend if you need a meal plan that is quick, easy and tasty!

4.)  Check back!  Check in and tell me how you are doing!  Leave a comment, Tweet me, send me a message on Facebook!

Spring Shape Up

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* Remember, the CDC recommends that adults get 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of high intensity activity.  Use this as a guideline when choosing the duration and frequency of your cardio activity.

By Brittany, April 8, 2013
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