4-Week Shred

At some point EVERYONE has to JUMP

Running a Marathon

Everybody, at some point in their life has to jump if you want to be successful. Jumping is the hardest thing for people to do. But you have to jump. If you never jump, you'll never be successful. My brother talked me into RUNNING back to our hotel from the restaurant tonight in Jackson Hole. I haven't ran miles in a while, so I was nervous....but we crushed out 7 miles together at an 8.5 mile pac ...[Read More]

Love your Lines

Love your Lines

I used to feel ashamed of my faded stretch marks and loose skin from pregnancy. For a long time I felt like it was unfair that I could get in really good shape but no matter what I did, I still had soft skin that wrinkled when I bent over and little faded stretch marks everywhere. Self-acceptance was a long journey for me. Once I learned that my self-worth was so much more than just my outer shell ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred Q&A (Commonly Asked Questions)

4-Week Shred Q&A

I have gotten some really great questions from you guys in the comments of each post.  As a way to make it easier for you (instead of having to read all the comments on each page of the program), I am going to re-post the most commonly asked questions and answers here on this page.  If you have another specific question that you would like answered, leave it as a comment below and I will add it to ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 24 (Rest Day)

Before After Makeup

Today is a rest day, enjoy it!  We have just five days before our big day.  There are some little things I try to take care of one week out, most of which include running little errands and getting ready for the shoot. Natalie's One-Week Out Tips: Hair: I always get my hair highlighted and trimmed one week out.  This gives me some time before the shoot to get it fixed if the color turns out funky ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 23 (Chest/Triceps/Shoulders)

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    Now that we are one week out, it is crucial that we are focusing on drinking enough water.  It's been important all month, but now it is really important.  My experience has been that drinking enough water really prevents me from retaining water and helps me fill out nicely and also just helps my face look less puffy on photoshoot day.  I am for at least a gallon of water each day, but a ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 22 (Legs)

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Alright, today is the first day of Week 4.  I mentioned last week that I may not drop my calories this week and I am going to stick with that.  Right now, I am really happy with how I look and don't feel like I need to really get any leaner for my photoshoot and so I am not going to drop my calories any further.  I am still at 143lbs but I have definitely tightened up and I basically have the look ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 21 (Back/Biceps/Abs + Cheat Meal)

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    Today is the last day of week three!  Yay!  We are getting so close and the finish line is just around the corner.  Today is also a cheat meal for me, which are always fun.  It's important at this stage of the game to really enjoy your cheat meal and definitely don't worry about tracking everything you are eating, but to also not go totally crazy and eat everything in site.  Just enj ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 20 (Rest Day)

Salmon

I woke up this morning and my body was screaming for a rest day!  My legs are so sore from Day 18's workout that my calves, glutes (butt), and quads are sore to even touch.  Thank goodness today is a rest day.  I plan on fully utilizing today's rest and really taking it easy today. Here is a recap of my calories and macros today, if you have any questions make sure to revisit the Nutrition Overvie ...[Read More]

4 Week Shred – Day 19 (Chest/Triceps/Shoulders)

Breakfast Burrito

I woke up this morning feeling leaner than I did yesterday, although my weight stayed the same (another reason why what you see in the mirror and how your clothes fit are a better judge of progress than the scale alone).  My body seems to respond really well to refeeds, and I almost always feel leaner the day after a refeed.  It's almost like my body is saying, "Ok, I trust that I am going to get ...[Read More]

4-Week Shred – Day 18 (Legs)

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  Today is a refeed day - yay!  I always really look forward to refeed days because they provide a nice mental break from dieting.  Refeed days are different from cheat meals in that it is a structured increase of calories and carbs instead of just having an un-tracked meal.  On refeed days, we bring calories back up to maintenance calories and the majority of that increase is from carbohydrates. ...[Read More]