The 30 Day Fit Model Challenge

In 31 days we are leaving for a vacation at Club Med in Turks & Caicos. While we’re there ,the resort will be setting up for a semi-pro volleyball tournament, and we are welcome to play with the players who are practicing beforehand. This means I have 31 days to try and get in a little better shape. Enter the 20 Day Fit Model Challenge.

The Challenge consists of three parts:

  1. The 300/30 Day Ab Challenge
  2. 30 minutes of running/jogging/intervals a day
  3. 3 things I/you want to improve about my/your health regimen

The 300/30 Day Ab Challenge has been making the rounds on Pinterest, and I’ve finally tracked down the orignal blogger who created it. After trying the exercises once, I never seemed to get into a committed routine. This way I have some accountability.

Fair warning, the exercises are not all easy and several bloggers have said that it took 3-4 days before they were able to complete the whole set without wanting to die. That’s why I’m starting on a Friday.

Part two is getting in a little bit of cardio every day. My mother gets up at 6 am for a 3 mile walk with her girlfriends every morning. Not only does she get in great gab time, but that brisk hour is keeping her fit, trim, and active. My ultimate goal is to go for a 30 minute walk with Daphne every morning then do 30 minutes of hard cardio at the gym in the evening, mixing in yoga classes etc when I can.

Part three is not about physical fitness, it’s about creating your model life. A couple years ago I made flossing daily my New Year’s resolution, and I’ve been a floss machine ever since. This part of the challenge is to do something that will better your overall health and wellness.

Mine will be drinking 100 oz of water every day, spending an extra 3 minutes on my beauty routine in the morning and the evening, and not eating sugar/candy/baked goods. Maybe I’ll have a bite of cake on Adam’s birthday, but otherwise I’m cutting off the sugar.

So keep your eyes open for updates, hopefully I can really dedicate to this plan, and it will give me more energy, more strength, and clearer skin.

If you’d like to join the challenge, leave comments below!

Back From the Nap…

So I wanted to apologize for my hiatus the last few days. I’ve been in a blogging nap, both from lack of inspiration and from being busy in real life (sort of). Here is a mini life-update:

Friday, we took our usual office outing to Murphy’s Irish Pub, where I of course followed along with The Unicorn Song, doing all the hand motions. I even went to bed at a sensible hour.

Saturday, I attempted to bleach my hair with good old-fashioned lemon juice

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but alas the sun was not cooperating on the project. I also successfully organized my scrapbooking stuff, which I will begin to work on tonight. Then we had an office-sponsored Washington Nationals versus the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.


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The Nats lost 2-9. And later that night, I attempted diplomacy with my fiance’s friends. I also learned that ‘tear-away jorts’ are in fact my biggest fear.

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Sunday, I came into the office for a few hours to jumpstart some work for this week. My massive allergy attack that ensued prompted me to pop a Benadryl when I got home. I woke up several hours later with my best friend banging on my apartment door coming to borrow a dress for a wedding San Francisco this weekend.

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So now we are back at Monday. I have successfully tapped my beauty-product-obsessed sister for skin care advice, and will try to persuade her to write a few guest posts to share her knowledge with you. I have also scheduled a job interview for a position in Colorado starting in January, which means I don’t have to feel guilty going to Monument with Adam or about spending two months with him in China at the end of this year.

I have also decided to put John Frieda to the test. I’ve been unhappy with my hair color for a while now, and I’ve never dyed it (that’s right, 100% natural blonde here folks). So I’ll be testing out some of the JF products to see if they do in fact improve my blonde from a brassy corn field color back to a more champaign beach blonde shade. So keep posted for that project.

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Anything exciting happen yet on your Monday?


Jenna Kate

Lola Summer Survival Kit Giveaway:

I love finding giveaways I can repost for you all. I’d love for one of you to win!

The guys over at NVPerricone are offering one reader of Her Name Was Lola their Summer Survival Kit complete with Citrus Facial Wash, High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift, and the truly remarkable Perricone MD No Foundation

HOW do you enter? Become a follower of the blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post sharing why you want/need/must-have your very own Summer Survival Kit ($180 value) by Friday, July 16th @ noon EST (U.S. and Canada only). A winner will be chosen at random.

This is also a great blog to keep tabs on, I love her spread on vintage Diane von Furstenburg. Including this chic blue floral dress:

It’s photos like this that make me wish I was A. a brunette, and B. living pre-1970. See more photos of the great DVF here.

Keep me posted on your giveaway entries! Cheers, Kate.

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