Shed the layers – week 1

Post workout glow!

One week has passed since the start of the Shed the Layers challenge. How is it going??

I am doing pretty good considering how full my plate has been.  We are in the final week before our move back the New York…I’m working, packing, chasing down our wild little toddler and trying to find the energy to stick to my Shed the Layer goals.

Week 1 update:


  1. Exercise/be active everyday – at least 30 minutes
  2. Practice Pilates at least 3 days/week
  3. Run 15 miles/week
  4. Make a new healthy recipe at least once a week


  1. I stayed active at least 30 minutes everyday – pretty much a given with a toddler!
  2. I practiced Pilates 3x – my goal!
  3. I ran 9 miles – 6 short of my 15 mile goal
  4. I prepared a new recipe – Long Lean Grilled Chicken Salad Rockin Mama – a new staple!

Not too shabby!  I know I didn’t do exactly what I set out to do, but I was close and I tried…that’s what matters most.  The greatest outcome so far is how I feel.  I have TONS of energy; energy that can get me through the daunting tasks that are in front of me!  I am happy that, despite my crazy schedule, I am taking some time for ME and working on my health and fitness.

How are the rest of my fellow Shed the Layers crew doing?


6 thoughts on “Shed the layers – week 1

  1. my goals were:
    (1) pilates twice a week (Mon and Thur) — did Monday but was too sick Thursday

    (2) Yoga once a week (Tue) — ACCOMPLISHED!

    (3) cardio three times a week (30 minutes before pilates and yoga classes) — failed miserably! my chest congestion made running TOO hard!

    (4) Komen 5k run …. May 7th. My goal is to raise at least $2000 for breast cancer research — have SEVEN of my ten team members recruited. Currently trying to come up with a cute team name … suggestions would be great! So far, front runners are “Breast Intentions” “Udder Delight” and “Funbag Runners”.

    (5) Find something positive to say at some point in EVERY conversation …. be uplifting and positive for myself and others — ACCOMPLISHED! and I’m proud ‘cuz I was dead-dog-a** sick and not feeling very positive!

    (6) get back into reading …. one book a week — trying to find a good book (suggestions welcomed again) but, did read some good articles online and in Parenting Magazine! I’ll give myself a 25% accomplished on this one!

    Considering that I was sick and BOTH my babies were sick … I am happy with my performance! We’re off to a great start for this week!

    Jill, I have some EXCELLENT paleo diet recipes … let me know if you’re interested!

    • Yeeehaaaaw! You are one awesome, hard workin’, sassy mama! great work this past week!!!

      And, hahahahahahaha, love the team names. Funbag Runners is pretty funny! Will work on some additional suggestions…though it seems you have a few great ones to work with:)

      So proud of you for doing your best despite your crazy schedule and a cold on top of it. Keep on rockin!!

  2. Jessica I LOVE your #5 and am adding that to my goals too! My goals are to:
    1. Attend my Hips, Thighs, and Abs class twice a week, which includes cardio and strength training. *ACCOMPLISHED* My instructor is a ball-buster!

    2. Go to the gym an … additional 2-3 days a week for at least 30 min. of cardio and some strength training. *ACCOMPLISHED* though am a day off this week since the gym was closed for the holiday yesterday 😦

    3. Eat healthier. *FAIL* I actually ate some nice healthy meals but am still snacking on junk way too often so they sort of cancel out. That being said, I am making baby steps and have managed to drastically decrease the amount of salt I put on my food. I was using WAY too much and have cut it at least in half this past week, if not more.

    4. And my new goal, courtesy of Jesica: Find something positive to say at some point in EVERY conversation …. be uplifting and positive for myself and others. *ACCOMPLISHED” This ois a pretty easy one for me, I tend to be a “glass half-full girl” anyway but having it on here is a good reminder so thanks to Jessica.

    My diet is really where I struggle. I’m kind of a lazy cook and tend to stick with what is easy and what I know. So tips on diet (that I will actually follow, haha) are what I need most! I love veggies though, and fruit so that’s not the problem, the problem is I also love carbs and salt and butter!

    So far I feel like I’m off tgo a good start, I’m not going to worry too much about what I weigh for at least a few more weeks and am just going to keep plugging along.

    Jessica I don’t know what paleo diet is but I will take any healthy recipes!Ver más

  3. My goals were:

    1. Exercise at least 3 times a week at the gym
    2. Run at least a mile at the gym / start swimming laps again (when the weather warms up a bit wake up early and run around the ‘hood before work)
    3. Continue to eat healthy
    4. Start taking protein shakes again
    5. Get lean then build muscle

    What I did:
    1. Check.
    2. Not quite running a mile yet (I’m not a big running fan in general) and haven’t started the laps yet but I have been using the stair machine
    3. Check
    4. I actually found a protein shake that tastes good, Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey, Double Rich Chocolate
    5. I think this is happening. I’ve been able to increase my weights. Weigh in is tomorrow so I’ll update you next week.

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