Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up Giveaway

Did you know that according to a recent study, almost half of Americans say summer is where it's at when it comes to feeling most balanced? I concur.

It makes sense. Here in Pennsylvania, we just recently got a taste of what summer has in store for us. We had sunny, beautiful days in the 70's and 80's and I made sure to take full advantage! I went on many walks at the park with my family, enjoyed some backyard living under our big shady tree, and ate healthy, delicious dinners on our stone patio with my love; now that's the life for me!

As we are approaching June 21st {the official start of summer}, my friends at Balance Bar and I believe it's the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather and start feeling more balanced! To help you feel good inside and out this summer, Balance Bar is sharing Gabby Reece's tips for staying active and enjoy smart eating.

Tips from Gabby Reece, a worldwide fitness and wellness role model:

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. 

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! 

To see some of Gabby’s favorite fitness moves, go to and for more of Gabby’s tips for balancing fitness and a busy schedule go to Also, t
here will be a Summer Shape Up Twitter Chat with Gabby Reece on May 19th at 4 pm EST.

Now, on to the Balance Bar Giveaway!

Balance Bar is giving away Balance Bare Bars and a Balance Bar Headband {like the one I'm wearing in the picture above} to one lucky reader! I received the same pack from Balance Bar and I must say, those Balance Bare Bars are out of this world good! 

It's easy to enter to win this giveaway! Use the rafflecopter, below. {U.S. residents only, must be age 18 or older to win. Giveaway ends 05/30/15}.

{I have received product as part of a sponsored collaboration with balance bar}.