The Balance Project–Summer Shape Up {+giveaway}

Hey guys, I am back today with my 2nd post from the Balance Project. Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my first post here.

Memorial Day weekend is always the start of summer for me – looking forward to weekends at the Lake, grilling out and sunshine runs!

Today, I am sharing tips from The Balance Project guide, Gabby Reece, about how to be successful with balance during the summer months.

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Make it your own: There is not one right way to get it done. There is the right way that works for you. When it comes to eating healthy, find the foods you like and implement those into your daily diet. The same goes for exercise. If you hate the gym then find something outside that is manageable for you. This is not about torture; this is about creating a lifestyle that you can do week after week.

Watch the calendar: Use summer for motivation to shape up but don’t wait for June 21st. If you wait until summer actually starts, you’ll feel rushed and end up crash dieting or doing a crazy workout schedule. I personally like to keep a calendar in my kitchen and cross off the days as I countdown to bikini weather. The visual reminder – right where you eat – is helpful in keeping you on track.

Sign up a friend: We tend to be more successful at accomplishing some type of exercise if we have an accountability partner. Solicit a friend and maybe use this as your time to connect. You can train for a 5k together or join an outdoor boot camp; there are a lot more options now that the weather is improving.

Plan to snack: Take snacks (like fruit, nuts or a Balance Bar®) wherever you go to prevent mindless eating. If I have an afternoon or early evening workout planned, I make sure to have one of these handy an hour or so before so that I have plenty of energy to get in a good workout.

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Variety is key: Make as many meals as you can at home so you can control your nutrition. These are some of my favorite recipes,– fresh and full of veggies for springtime! To keep things interesting and fresh at my house, I try to rotate foods. One night I may go for something heavier with veggies and grains, and then the next night focus on proteins. I really try to change up the food and create a great deal of variety.

Each day is a new chance and it’s never too late: If you fall out of your summer shape up routine one day, don’t sweat it. Forgive yourself and move on – and just keep moving!

Want to see some of Gabby’s favorite fitness moves? Check them out here.

And for more tips from Gabby on balancing fitness and a busy schedule, check it out here.

And now the best news – A Summer Shape Up Giveaway! Smile

–> 1 lucky R4C reader will win Balance bare bars and a Balance Bar headband

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There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me what flavor of Balance bare bar you would most like to try! My fav is the sea salt caramel nut. YUM!

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win the @BalanceBar #giveaway hosted by @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on May 29th  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

**I received product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar, but per usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

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16 Responses to The Balance Project–Summer Shape Up {+giveaway}

  1. maggie

    I’d love to try the sea salt caramel nut!

  2. Caramel Nut all the way 🙂 These are great tips for staying healthy during the Summertime! Btw, saw on Facebook that it’s your birthday – hope it is amazing!! XO
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  3. Amy

    sea salt caramel nut for sure-that sounds like a serious indulgence! I have a 9 week old baby and I’m breastfeeding, so I’m hungry all the time, but I feel like I need some help making healthier choices, so this Summer Shape up is coming at the right time!

  4. Yum, they have a lot of flavors! I can’t resist chocolate and PB, though, so that’s what I’d pick first.
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  5. Lauren

    I want to try Sea Salt Caramel Nut.

  6. Lorie D

    So many flavors to choose from- I would love to try the sea salt one!

  7. Lorie D

    I following running4cupcakes on facebook.

  8. kristin

    I would have to go with cookie dough – its one of my favorites.

  9. kristin

    following borh on FB

  10. Dandi D

    I’d really like to try the Sweet & Spicy Nut Balance bare® bar.

  11. Dandi D

    I follow both on Pinterest as DandiDaffyhill.

  12. Dandi D

    I follow both on facebook as Dandi Daffyhill.

  13. Susan Christy

    I’d go for the Mocha Chip!

  14. Susan Christy

    I Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

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