Fit Girl Challenge: A Mediterranean Vacation Inspires a Summer Overhaul

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Fresh off the plane from a week-long Greek island vacation, so many stories to tell. More on that later, though. Allia and I are embarking on a new journey, a new challenge: Fit Girl. Three months of lifestyle, diet and exercise inspiration. We are going to try it, full-tilt, and see what kind of results we get. We are inspired.

We had a beautiful time on our vacation (more on that later). But, we are two girls who don’t like to say no – to baklava, to wine, to second helpings, to walking up moonlit cobblestone streets, to streetside vendors and to jumping in the ocean. We are looking for a plan and some balance. Right now we eat great food, with excellent ingredients and great taste, but with little mind to conscious portioning and calories. I never met a gelato I didn’t like.

Ready to hit the grocery store, fridge empty since we just got back from Greece. Let's do this!

Ready to hit the grocery store, fridge empty since we just got back from Greece. Let’s do this!

I’ve never considered myself to be a ‘skinny’ girl. Except in my tween years, when I ate whatever I wanted and danced 14 hours a week, played sports and did theatre after school. I was overscheduled and had the metabolism of a teeny bopper. So, given that lots has changed, I’ve broadened my horizons (and the horizon of my hips is now broad enough). I know more than most about proper diet and exercise. I have all the tools to get into great shape; I’ve never really believed, however, that the body I could have and the shape I could get into would truly be worth the sacrifices I’d have to make to get there.

Apparently, we'll look like this!

Apparently, we’ll look like this!

Without sacrificing pleasure and taste, we are pumped up to get into our best adult shape yet. We signed on for Fit Girl’s Guide- The Girly-Girl’s Guide to Getting Fit ( https://fitgirlsguide.com/ ). The program is a PDF you purchase and it’s recommended that you try it with a friend. Community and a goal. I love it already. Stay tuned for success (and hurdle) updates. Here is a picture of our first week’s groceries, approximately $120 (Canadian) for two people and we still need to head to the organic butcher to get some chicken.

A moderately full cart. Mostly greens and whole grains. Lots of re-usable shopping bags.

A moderately full cart. Mostly greens and whole grains. Lots of re-usable shopping bags.

Whole wheat pita, corn tortillas, brown rice, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, tomato, green peppers, apple, strawberries, zucchini, sweet potato, olives, sundried tomato, artichoke, olives, dark chocolate, cooking spray, Greek yogurt, eggs, goat cheese ... we are ready.

Whole wheat pita, corn tortillas, brown rice, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, tomato, green peppers, apple, strawberries, zucchini, sweet potato, olives, sundried tomato, artichoke, olives, dark chocolate, cooking spray, Greek yogurt, eggs, goat cheese, sea salt, smoked salmon (a few of our own faves)… we are ready.

We are starting with the July 6th Group Challenge:

The FIT GIRLS program includes …
* 40 all new recipes
* 400 calories and under
* Fit Girl Desserts
* Meal Planning charts
* Tips for weekly Meal Prepping and grocery lists
* Substitution lists
* Vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options!”

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