25 Day August Fit Challenge 💪

AUGUST FIT CHALLENGE

I only planned on doing a July Fitness Challenge. That plan went straight down the drain when the challenge was such a success. I think July may have been one of my most active months yet! I spent days hiking, running, swimming, breaking milage goals, biking, attending bootcamp classes, yoga classes, doing circuits at the gym and all kinds of other actives. Not only did I hit goals and stay active, but you guys did too. Seeing your posts inspired me to keep going, to try new recipes, and attempt new workouts. I gained confidence, strength and positivity during this challenge with the help from you guys! I love that the challenge brought everyone together and the support given to one another was everything I hoped for. I hope we can make this 25 Day Challenge better than the last. Let’s do this! 💪PicMonkey ImageFollow the challenge’s Instagram account for motivation and updates from others! I also want to share your challenge pics! This challenge is about empowering and encouraging each other to reach goals. Focus on a healthy mind, body and soul. Don’t forget to tag me in all of your updates. #AUGUSTFITCHALUntitled

YOUR FITNESS LEVEL/MY FITNESS LEVEL

FIRST THINGS FIRST  The challenge should be FUN. Do not do anything to push yourself too hard or any activity uncomfortable for you. We are all at different fitness levels. If something is too hard, swap it out with an easier workout that fits your fitness level. That goes both ways. You may be a crazy gym rat athlete who thinks the challenge is too easy, well step it up! You don’t have to follow my plan to complete the fitness challenge, you can still share your fitness posts/goals and I’d love to see them! My plan is just out there for ideas and a guide if you choose. If you need help finding alternatives, no worries! Just reach out and I’d be glad to help. I also noticed that everyone is quick to help and answer any questions you have on Instagram! I love learning from all of you. I will also be uploading stretching videos and mini circuits to Instagram throughout the challenge.

Where are the rest days? Stretching and walking is resting to me! If you need a day to yourself, take it! Listen to your body. This challenge can go anyway you want. You know your limits!Untitled

GOALS

Setting goals is key in the challenge.

I certainly made some improvements during the last challenge, but I still have tons of work to do. I decided to keep the same goals this month. They are the ones that mean the most to me when it comes to my health and I’d like to keep moving forward with improvement.

I upped my water tremendously. I NEVER used to drink water(I know how bad that is.) The only source of water I took in was a from coffee, watermelon and the water I add to my protein shakes. I’ve been drinking water all day and I never forget my water bottle wherever I go! I never liked the taste of it, but the more I drink, the more I crave.

My protein game was on point. I had protein shakes, Plain Greek yogurt, grilled chicken, ground turkey, hard boiled egg whites, egg white omelets, occasional steak, salmon and protein bars when necessary. Meal prepping all of the protein was helpful and I made sure to do that on Monday’s. I stretched maybe 18 out of 30 days, so I’m going to try to do it EVERYDAY and maybe even twice a day. I ran more miles this month than any month in my life. I even finished most of my runs with strength training. I would definitely say running has improved considering the heat, the hills and being injury free (yes I just knocked on wood.)

I also want to stick to the same sleeping schedule! In bed before eleven and up at six!

*take photos for progress! *have a friend join you! *make a checklist! *get your workout clothes ready the night before!Untitled

MY DIET

My diet will most likely stay the same. I’m a repetitive eater, which makes grocery shopping so easy! You can find my grocery list on the last challenge page. Everyone has different diets, and I advise you to eat what makes you feel the best. Here is what I bought and will be eating  most of the time. 🍴

My go-to breakfasts: 🍳
*egg white omelet with veggies, fruit & whole grain toast on the side. *protein banana egg pancakes *cereal with almond milk & hard boil eggs on the side *vanilla greek yogurt mixed with granola and fresh fruit *oatmeal and hard boiled eggs on the side
My go-to snacks: 🍒
*plain greek yogurt mixed with honey & one tablespoon vanilla protein powder *vegetables and hummus *apples and peanut butter *2 hard boiled eggs, *watermelon, *mixed nuts
My go-to lunches & dinners: 🍠
*salads with grilled chicken or ground turkey *ground turkey, avocado & rice *protein shake: *one scoop vanilla protein powder, almond milk, ice, banana, + stevia *whole grain wraps with turkey, cream cheese, lettuce, avocado, bell pepper, cucumber & yellow mustard.  *leftover roasted vegetables & grilled chicken. *zucchini pizzas
My go-to desserts: 🍪
*strawberries & dark chocolate chips, *air popped popcorn & dark chocolate chips, *1/2 protein bar, *peanut butter and apple slices, *Halo Top ice cream, *dark chocolate covered almonds, *watermelon & honey *greek yogurt.

**I usually go out to eat once or twice a week & cook something healthy and delicious on Sundays for dinner!

With all of the fitness activities, it’s important to stay hydrated, eat TONS of healthy calories and get that protein in.13731226_1778957569057651_197502017_n

August Activity Checklist

I did pretty awesome on the checklist! It would have been great to check them all off (maybe this time!) This checklist will have some of the same activities as July’s. I want you to add three personalized activities to your checklist that you plan on completing before the challenge is up. You can share them in comments too! I love seeing what you guys come up with!

AUGUST CHECKLIST ASSIGNMENTS (TRY TO COMPLETE SEVEN)
–HIKE THREE TRAILS –HIKE A MOUNTAIN – PLAY A SPORT – WALK 5 MILES WITH A FRIEND –TAKE THREE FITNESS CLASSES –BIKE –SWIM –MALL WALK –RUN/SIGN UP FOR A RACE –ROCK CLIMB – GO DO SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS THAT YOURE AFRAID OF (SKYDIVE, ZIP LINE, OR ROLLER COASTER) –ROLLERBLADE -UPLOAD WORKOUT VIDEOS TO INSTAGRAM 13731226_1778957569057651_197502017_n

AUGUST FIT CHALLENGE WORKOUT SCHEDULE

DAY ONE: FRI 8/5
-Today is all about challenge preparation. Spend some time writing out your goals, getting some super foods stocked in the house and motivating yourself.
-Make a new playlist for running & walking.
-Take a walk or go for a run.
*Stretch 10-15 Minute

DAY TWO:
 SAT 8/6
-Saturday should be about doing something adventurous.
WAKE UP EARLY.
-Hike, bike, swim, or run a trail.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY THREE:
 SUN 8/7
-Find a fitness class to do today. Try a bootcamp, yoga, spin class, or anything available! If you absolutely can’t, complete a 45 minute youtube workout video.
-Walk 45 minutes at a 17 min mile pace.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY FOUR: MON 8/8
-Run or Walk 35 minutes.
-25 Crunches
-20 Jumping Jacks
-25 Crunches
-20 Dumbbell Flat Bench Press (use 10-15lbs dumbbells)
-10 Burpees
-25 Crunches
-20 Dumbbell Flat Bench Press (use 10-15lbs dumbbells)
-1 Minute Plank
-25 Crunches
-1 Minute Wall Sit
-25 Crunches
-20 Dumbbell Flat Bench Press (use 10-15lbs dumbbells)
*Complete this circuit as fast as you can, take 3-5 min breaks and repeat 3X
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

 


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DAY FIVE: TUE 8/9
-Run or Walk 60 minutes.
-As soon as you’re finished with your run/walk, complete Runner’s Yoga With Adriene
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY SIX:
 
WED 8/10
-Walk or Run 45-60 minutes.
-1 Minute Jump Squats
-30 Crunches
-1 Minute Jumping Jacks
-30 Alternating Side Crunches
-1 Minute Alternating Lunges
-30 Crunches
-1 Minute Plank
30 Alternating Side Crunches
Repeat 4 X
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY SEVEN: THUR 8/11
One Hour Running/Walk Workout. (this is one of my favorites)
Walk five minutes, run five minutes, walk five minutes…etc. for one hour.
*Need easier? run 1 or 2 minutes/walk 9 or 8 minutes for one hour.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY EIGHT:
 FRI 8/12
Take it easy today!
Walk 45-60 minutes.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY NINE:
 SAT 8/13
Do something fun and active outside today! (see checklist)
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

JULY FITNESS CHALLENGE: SIMPLY TARALYNN

DAY TEN: SUN 8/14
Go 6-8 Miles today.
(running or walking)
**I will be uploading an ab workout video.***
Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY ELEVEN:
 MON 8/15
-Find a fitness class to do today!
(bootcamp, zumba, spinning, kickboxing, bodypump)
-Walk 45 minutes at a 17 min mile pace.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY TWELVE: TUE 8/16
-Walk or Run 45-60 minutes.
-3 Minute Jumprope
-30 Crunches
-20 Dumbbell Flat Bench Press (use 10-15lbs dumbbells)
-1 Minute Fast Mountain Climbers
-1 Minute High Knees
-10 Burpees
-10 Jump Squats
-30 Crunches
-3 Minute Jumprope
Repeat 3X
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes


JULY FITNESS CHALLENGE JULY FITNESS CHALLENGE

DAY THIRTEEN: WED 8/17
Track Workout (find a field with bleachers)
-Run up & down the bleachers 5 times
-Lap the track (.25 miles) or (3 minutes)
-Run up & down the bleachers 5 times
-10 push ups
-30 crunches
-20 jumping jacks
-30 alternating side crunches
-1 minute bicycle crunches
3 minute break.
REPEAT 4 X
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY FOURTEEN: THUR 8/18
Go 6-8 Miles today.
(running or walking)
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY FIFTEEN: FRI 8/19
Try your hardest to crawl out of bed early morning to go to a fitness class!
(bootcamp, zumba, spinning, kickboxing, bodypump)
-Walk 45 minutes at a 17 min mile pace in the evening.


 

DAY SIXTEEN: SAT 8/20
Workout with a friend today!
Come up with a fun circuit, go on a hike or join a class together.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY SEVENTEEN: SUN 8/21
One Hour Running/Walk Workout
Walk five minutes, run five minutes, walk five minutes…etc. for one hour.
*Need easier? run 1 or 2 minutes/walk 9 or 8 minutes for one hour.
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY EIGHTEEN: MON 8/22
-Walk 45 minutes at a 17 min mile pace in the morning
**I will be uploading a twenty minute leg workout video!**
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY NINETEEN: TUE 8/23
-Run/Walk 45 Minutes
**I will be uploading a twenty minute leg workout video!**
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes


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DAY TWENTY: WED 8/24
-Walk 60 Minutes (17 min mile pace)
-End your walk with this relaxing & stress reliving yoga video!

DAY TWENTY-ONE: THUR 8/25
-Run five minutes on treadmill (or half mile)
-2 minute speed jumprope
-10 pushups
-30 sit-ups
-10 pushups
-20 (each leg) squat side kicks.
-10 pushups
-40 alternating side sit-ups
-10 pushups
-2 minute jumping jacks
-30 crunches
-10 pushups
Repeat 3 X
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY TWENTY-TWO: FRI 8/26
You have ALL day to complete the following (space it out & keep track)
-500 Crunches
-300 Jumping Jacks
-3 Miles (walk or run)
-100 Jump Squats
-50 Push Ups
-10 1 Min Planks
-75 Burpees
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

DAY TWENTY-THREE: SAT 8/27
Do something fun and active outside today! (see checklist)
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

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DAY TWENTY-FOUR: SUN 8/28
Create your own one hour outdoor workout using your surroundings.
Upload a photo or video and tag me on Instagram!
Have fun with this one & be creating 🙂

DAY TWENTY-FIVE: MON 8/29
**I will be uploading a final workout video for the last day of the challenge!**
*Stretch 10-15 Minutes

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU!

  1. What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?
  2. What is your favorite weekend workout?
  3. What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
  4. Do you have any questions for me?

Comments

  • Bay

    do another!

    Reply to Bay
  • Rachael

    Will there be a September challenge?!

    Reply to Rachael
  • RIley

    Loving this so far!

    Reply to RIley
  • Rachel

    Love the fit challenge!

    Reply to Rachel
  • Macy

    Love the challenge!

    Reply to Macy
  • SJ

    Hi,

    First time commenter here! I was wondering what running app you use to keep track during your runs?

    Thanks!

    Reply to SJ
  • Dana

    Firstly, did the workout that you planned for today, I am hoping to regain the use of my arms soon! 🙂

    Goals: consistency and no alcohol in August. My new commute makes it hard to get 4 or 5 workouts in so I’m trying to stay focused and I’ve been noticing that even a glass of wine can make me feel tired and hungrier the next day, so I want to see if taking it out improves my energy and hunger level.

    Favorite weekend exercise: loooooong beach walks.

    Current quick meals: I bought a Vegetti a few weeks ago so right now I’m way into cucumber noodles and zucchini noodles for pasta substitutes. And getting in all the summer tomatoes I possibly can.

    More of a comment than question: with the new layout, I can’t get a search bar to load (i was looking for a recipe), the menu button sort of loads to the left, but no topics appear. I was looking on my phone.

    Reply to Dana
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It was a tough one for sure!

      If you replace that wine with water you’ll definitely feel the difference! I’m doing the same 😉

      YES THOSE ARE THE BEST. I wish I lived closer to the beach.

      Oh yum Sounds great!!!

      I am working on fixing some of the glitches in this new layout, including the cell phone features!

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  • Erin Michelle

    I need to improve on consistency with my workouts, it’s easy for me to get into lazy mode especially after work!! My favorite weekend workout is yoga, I am not a huge fan of high intensity workouts but I would love to get into weights.

    My favorite go to healthy meals are salads of course, and I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes!

    Question for you, how much do you weigh now? I know the scale doesn’t matter but since you are gaining so much muscle, just curious 🙂

    Reply to Erin Michelle
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I feel like the more you workout, the more it becomes a habit and the more you get into the rhythm of it. Now when I don’t workout, I feel “off.”It’s such a great way to relax. High intensity workouts aren’t for everyone but it’s always good to try and fit at least an hour of them into your weekly routine! I used to hate them too!

      MMMM those both!

      I don’t weigh myself ever. I do a body fat percentage at the gym and I’m at 17.4% as of yesterday. I think the scale is awful and never accurate. I let my trainer look at the scale (i turn around) and enter the numbers into the body fat percentage device.

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  • Leah

    What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?

    waking up early enough so I can go to the gym before work

    What is your favorite weekend workout?

    hiking! I try to go every week, sometimes its only every other

    What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
    fruit

    Do you have any questions for me?

    what do you do for a living?
    is popcorn with butter, homemade, a bad snack?

    Reply to Leah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      That takes about two weeks to get into the habit of doing. It will stink at first! It helps to get everything ready the night before as well. Saves time in the morning and I always find that the morning hours go the fastest.

      I also LOVE hiking.& FRUIT!

      I blog full time, photography, run a clothing line and do marketing on the side.

      Butter isn’t the best option, but I’m all about everything in moderation. I love the 100 calorie popcorn with butter.

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  • Lia

    Thanks for doing this

    Reply to Lia
  • Mia

    YES! Loved the last challenge

    Reply to Mia
  • Brooklyn

    So glad you’re doing another challenge, I can’t wait to get started!
    My favorite go to healthy meal is roasted veggies. Colorful, filling and delicious, it is so quick and easy to make to help me stick to my goals.
    I love doing Pop Pilates videos and Billy Blanks Tae Bo videos. SO FUN!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

    Reply to Brooklyn
  • Kaitlynn Marie

    Honestly, I can’t do this challenge. Unfortunately I am nowhere near ready for this. However, you have inspired me to write out some goals for the month and do my best to stick with them. I “stole” a couple of yours, because they work really well for me as well. I also added a few of my own. Thank you so much for this, it’s the kick in the rear I needed today.

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  • Evie

    What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?
    Handling my sweet tooth, and avoiding alcohol.

    What is your favorite weekend workout?
    Hiking! But it’s insanely hot and humid where I am right now :/

    What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
    Baked chicken or shrimp.

    Do you have any questions for me?
    Can you tell us a bit more about what stretches you like to do?

    http://evieintokyo.wordpress.com

    Reply to Evie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Evie!

      Sweet tooth is my weakness too.

      LOVE HIKING as well. Make sure you hydrate if you’re hiking in the heat and humidity.

      Those are great go-tos and my faves.

      I am going to be uploading my stretching video! xo

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  • kelly

    I’d really love to lose some baby weight! That’s all I care about right now lol

    I like to go on walks as a workout. I’m trying to get into running, but I’m not good at ALL.

    My favorite healthy meal is cooked cauliflower with a sesame seed sauce on them on brown rice (it’s basically like a healthy Chinese take out)

    Do you have any questions for me?
    I work full time at an exhausting job and I have a 4 month old baby. I feel like I don’t have time to work out and when I do, I’m too tired… I know it’s harder for you to relate, but my question is.. How can I find time?

    Reply to kelly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Kelly!

      Walking is GREAT for working out and can be just as effective as running if you’re going long distance and uphill. I lost a lot of weight walking and walking only. That sounds like a really good recipe and I need to try that! Love healthy Chinese meals. You have to get into the workout mindset. Even when I’m tired, I KNOW the first ten minutes of my workout will be a drag, but if you can get past that, you’ll feel 10x better AFTER working out. It’s a mindset. You have to go in there wanting to kick butt. Try to workout early morning, at the end of the day or just go out of long walks with your baby! You can also do at home workouts with you baby! It saves time from going anywhere:)

      xo

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    So fun! Glad to hear it was such a success. This month I’m doing the Yoga with Adriene 30 day Yoga Camp–love it so far! My go to healthy meal is roasted veggies and sweet potato with some black beans seasoned with some garlic, cumin, and chili powder!

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  • Lacey

    My only question is…could you put the workouts on a printable calendar? I’m SO excited that you’ll be doing another challenge!

    Reply to Lacey
  • Vanessa

    The challenge looks great! I won’t be around to actually follow it this month, but it will be great inspiration to get on track once I am back in September!

    What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?
    I want to control my food intake better. That means cutting down the candy and sugary drinks in summer camp and controlling my portion size.

    What is your favorite weekend workout?
    In the weekend I love going on bike rides with my mom. Also the area here is just perfect to do that.

    What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
    I love vanilla greek yoghurt and mix in whatever fruit or granola comes my way.

    Reply to Vanessa
    • Taralynn McNitt

      The great thing is you can do the challenge whenever and pretty much wherever!:)

      Those are all GREAT goals.

      Sounds like a fun way to stay active and I love that your mom joins along!

      YUM!!!!

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  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    1. Psyched for this! Loved seeing all the Insta posts last time around, always great to see what others are eating or doing to stay fit. I’d like to improve on all around fitness – I’ve decided I won’t be doing a half marathon this fall, which is sad, but I just don’t feel like I have the time to dedicate to training these next few months. So, I want to focus on even more cross training, and using circuits to accomplish cardio & strength in one fast paced workout!

    2. Girl, you know I love me some hiking! But seriously, 99% of my week day workouts are done solo, so I love working up a sweat with friends on the weekends. If I can’t hike, a long bike ride is my other go-to.

    3. Right now it’s whole wheat pasta with chicken & loads of veggies. Or a big ol’ salad with tons of veggies & odds & ends.

    4. Questions for you…maybe you have some fitness certifications already, but have you thought about personal trainer or nutrition certifications to do something like health coaching? What are some of your favorite cereals? I’ve shied away from them in recent years because so many seemed to have such a high amount of sugar per serving.

    Reply to Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey Jessie!!

      I agree. I loved that as well. I love running to improve and not feeling rushed in my training. I know races give me anxiety and make me feel like I have to get fast in a short period of time. I think I’ll sign up for a race when I’m ready and don’t have to train so hard !Great you still want to run and focus on circuits!

      I love hearing about your activities! I seriously wish you lived by me!

      YUM!!!! those are all my go-tos!

      I havent. I LOVE fitness and eating right, but not enough to make a career move with it. Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk! I always eat it before a run so I feel like the sugars are used and burned.

      xo

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  • meighan avalos

    You go girl! You rocked it in bootcamp and yoga and COOKING =]

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  • Whitney

    So excited for this challenge!

    1. I’d really like to improve my strength training. I’ll go hard for a couple of weeks and then just do it sporadically.

    2. Bike rides! I freaking love them. I mean it’s just a cruiser, but I make sure to go on trails with a good amount of incline.

    3. Go to meals.. a plate full of roasted veggies , fruit and some kind of healthy whole grains. brown rice or something.

    4. When you do your workouts do you do them all at once, or do you spread them out through out the day.? I like to do cardio in the morning and then strength in the evening after work. Is that just as effective?

    Reply to Whitney
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Me too!

      Yes. I always find being consistent with it is key! 🙂

      I love them too! I don’t go nearly as much. I WANT ALL MY FRIENDS TO HAVE BIKES 🙁

      yum! roasted veggies for the win!

      I usually do my morning walks and then all my other workouts in the evening. During the cooler months, I do them during the day. No matter what time of the day you workout, it’s always effective!

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  • Melanie

    Thanks so much for doing this again!

    Reply to Melanie
  • Bethany

    YES! ANOTHER CHALLENGE!

    Reply to Bethany
  • Lauren @ Following the Path of Life

    Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this post all week! So excited! I have to admit, I’ve kind of already been using the #augustfitchal on my instagram posts…. 😮 Thanks for doing another one; I really appreciate the encouragement and motivation from everybody else!

    1. I’d really like to improve my running — run longer and faster, but also heal up my IT band syndrome.

    2. My favorite weekend workout is a good hike with friends or my husband. There’s several beautiful trails outside of Casper and I’m excited to explore the ones I haven’t discovered yet!

    3. Hehe…oatmeal. 🙂 It’s my breakfast almost every single morning. My go-to recipe is 1/3-1/2 cup oat bran, one scoop Orgain Chocolate Fudge protein powder, one frozen banana, and almond milk. So yummy, filling, and healthy!

    4. Yes, I do actually! Have you ever had issues with runner’s knee or IT band syndrome and, if so, what did you do to heal them?

    Also, since you asked for the vegan snickerdoodle recipe… here it is! It’s adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/241393/vegan-snickerdoodles/
    1 1/2 cups white flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (the Almonde and So Delicious Coconut brands both work well)
    1 tbs vanilla almond milk
    1 tbs vanilla extract
    (You may have to add milk or flour to get a dough consistency that isn’t too dry or too sticky)
    Cinnamon sugar to roll the dough in

    Mix all ingredients except for cinnamon sugar. Once the dough is a workable consistency, form small balls in your hands and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Place on a greased baking sheet (they’ll spread a little, but you can place them fairly close together). Bake at 375degress for 15 minutes.

    Also, in regards to all the camping and hiking I’ve been doing lately…if you’re ever in Wyoming, you should come along! 😉

    Reply to Lauren @ Following the Path of Life
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey Lauren! I can’t wait to follow you again this month!

      You were so inspiring and motivated.

      Running is all about taking care of that IT BAND! & you should definitely look up some awesome stretching on youtube for it! I love seeing your bike posts! They always inspire me to get out there on my bike!

      Funny reading that comment, I’m eating oatmeal right now! & THANK you for the snicker doodle recipe!

      YES. I’ve dealt with runner’s knee & achilles tendonitis. I completely stopped running so I could heal. I went on light walks with Grumples and started swimming in the mornings!

      I’d LOVE THAT! I went camping in Wyoming when I was in 7th grade and I’ve never forgotten about it! I’d love to do that again.

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  • Tara

    Hey Taralynn!
    1) Something I want to do for the August fit challenge is to get a gym membership and utilize it at least 2x a week. However, I like that for most of the challenge days I can be outside!
    2) My weekends usually consist of working, but I like to do yoga. For a little extra boost I park really far away from the door at work (extra block or two) and get more steps in that way!
    3) My favorite go to meal is spicy Thai vegetables, rice and baked chicken. It has a peanut sauce that is to die for!
    4) I am intimated to go to the gym. What’s the best way to start as a beginner?

    Reply to Tara
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey!!

      I love to mix it up and use the gym + outdoors! That’s why I love walking and hiking followed by circuits.

      Thats a great idea!

      & yum! Sounds like a great recipe!

      DON’T BE INTIMIDATED. I can’t believe I ever used to be. People are there to workout and hardly care what anyone else is doing. Just focus on you, do your workouts and have fun! 🙂 I sometimes like to learn from others at the gym or youtube workouts and bring my new ideas to the gym!

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Count me in this challenge! I’m thefitty on instagram. I spent July doing my last month of BBG and now I’m tapering down on my workouts so that I can adapt to a school schedule that starts in september (don’t wanna go from lots of exercise straight to no exercise, so it’s a transition time for me!)

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  • Emily Weir

    I’m excited to actually participate this month! My workouts in July were all over the place with vacation and work events messing up my usual routine. My favorite weekend workout is an outdoor run. Since I usually run before work, I’m stuck on the treadmill since it’s still dark outside, so Saturdays I’m able to get in a longer run in the sun. My go-to healthy meals are eggs and sweet potatoes and kale salads with lots of veggies and quinoa! Can’t wait to give this a try this month! I only wish there was an easy way to access the schedule, like a pdf or maybe posting each day’s workout on your Instagram the night before so we can prep? Just a thought to make it easier at the gym 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey Em!

      So excited to have you join! That is one of my favorite weekend workouts well! Those are all great go-to meals and some of my favorites. I will try to put it all into a PDF by Monday! xo

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  • Lorissa Shepstone

    So excited for this challenge! Thank you.
    1. What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?
    I want to up my running distance and pace, and control my portions better. I don’t eat badly, most of the time, but I can’t seem to portion control.

    2. What is your favorite weekend workout?
    Hikes! I miss hiking. I don’t do well in this heat so I haven’t been for a good hike in awhile. Otherwise, playing roller derby. That’s always a fun workout, but after a knee injury I’ve been out for a few weeks. Getting back into it this week though. Slowly but surely.

    3. What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
    Poached eggs, sauteed spinach and an English muffin. I can have that for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delicious!

    4. Do you have any questions for me?
    What are some of your favourite songs to run to?

    Reply to Lorissa Shepstone
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Lorissa!

      Those are all awesome goals.

      Roller Derby? What a cool workout! Love that.

      That meal sounds so good!!!

      Three of my top songs on my play list are : Started From The Bottom – Drake, Electric Love – BORNS, Wop- J.DASH, Like My Daddy – Jussie Smollett (EMPIRE)

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  • Jenny

    1. What is something you’d like to improve on during the 25 Day August Fit Challenge!?
    I plan do better at following the designated workouts, also will add some weight training to my weeks!

    2. What is your favorite weekend workout?
    A long bike ride! Usually a 40 or 50 mile ride is about right for a great workout. Plus it’s a fun activity that my husband and I enjoy doing together!

    3. What is your favorite healthy go-to meal?
    Breakfast is easily those two-ingredient protein pancakes, lunch I would say a kale salad with goat cheese and beets, and dinner is chicken over quinoa and salad.

    4. Do you have any questions for me?
    What is your go-to fitness tracker technology? I’ve tried Nike+ bands, JawboneUP bands, and Runkeeper but I haven’t found a system I really like.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jenny!

      Sounds like a great plan! I’d love to see some of your weight training!

      Wow such a long ride. I’m always impressed when people can ride that far! I’ve done it a couple times but I’m always hurting afterwards. Kyle’s dad goes 50-70 miles daily!!! It’s insane. SO STRONG! I also love that you and your husband ride together!

      YUM! <3 my pancakes too! Sounds like my kind of dinner as well.

      I always use Runkeeper!!

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  • Kailey

    I’ve been following you for so long! Love all your posts! I was wondering how long after you eat dinner do you then eat dessert? Also do you eat every 2-3 hrs or do you eat based on when you’re hungry?

    Reply to Kailey
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I don’t really plan anything like that. I only eat dessert if I’m craving it and usually later on in the evening. I eat when I’m hungry which is naturally every 3-4 hours! I just listen to my body.

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