30 Days to a Stronger Core

Happy Saturday morning!


Unfortunately, I did not get to take pictures of Caitlin’s half marathon today. I will let you read more about that on her blog later.


I slept in a bit this morning, and it felt GREAT! I didn’t even need coffee this morning. Although, I might go back for some soon, just because I love it.





Quaker Squares have been on my brain for a week or so! This little brown sugar pieces of heaven somehow made it to my grocery cart last night, and I was DYING to dig in. As in.. I almost ate them for dinner last night instead of pizza!


I had 1.5 servings of the cereal, milk, and blueberries. YUM!


I have a day FULL of school stuff to get done. It helps to start my morning off with a great breakfast, a quick little workout.



Whittle My Middle


Angela over at Oh She Glows has a month long challenge to strengthen your core! I’m a couple days late jumping into the official “Whittle My Middle” challenge, but it’s better late than never!


The goal of this challenge is to do 6 – 10 minutes of abdominal exercises 5 days a week for a month. This is in addition to your regular cardio and healthy eating habits.


Running has consumed pretty much all of my exercising time, and I have recently realized I need to be doing more. I feel like this is a perfect time to develop a new habit!


My personal goal for this challenge is to basically just get into a routine of working my core. I’m very sporadic with strength training, especially my abs! I’m not really concerned with how my abs look, because honestly nobody ever sees them. I know that as a runner, the core is pretty important, and in my case, overlooked!


Before Pictures:

Side View:
Close up:
Front View:


Measurements: (Taken 11/13/2009)

Waist: 27.5”

Belly Button: 31”

Hips (fullest part) : 35.5”

Yes, I feel extremely awkward posting these pictures. I feel nekkid- I’m usually really modest…



**Disclaimer: I am posting these measurements and pictures ONLY to have something to compare my before self to my after self.


Is anyone else participating in Angela’s challenge?

❤ MegaNerd

25 Responses

  1. Good Luck wit the challenge. I’m working on my core also!

  2. I am. I already hurt.

  3. cant wait to follow the progress…last night i wanted cereal for dinner. so i did the dang thang. i miss quaker squares! i used to go through boxes of those babies in high school.

  4. Love Quaker Squares….yum. I am definitely making an effort to do more core work, I am already sore!

  5. I think I’m going to start today so I’m also a little bit behind, but something is certainly better than nothing!

    Hope you are having a great Saturday!

  6. I wasn’t going to, since I was a few days late. But I think I might start today. 🙂 Along with the POTM Challenge, it’s just another way to make sure we are getting in enough fitness during the holidays. I need all the motivation I can get sometimes. Good luck on the school work!

  7. You’re so brave for posting your pictures in a bathing suit! I’m really modest too! eek!

    I’m joining the challenge too a little late…need to get on those before and after measurement and pics.

    Good luck!

  8. Good luck with the challenge. I admire you having the confidence to post these pictures. Way to go — you look great! 😀

  9. Has my breakfast laziness and the appearance of Quaker Oat Squares several times over the past week influenced your craving and purchase? 😉 That stuff is CRACK. Quaker should pay me, I advertise the crack all the time lol.

  10. What?! You don’t need to widdle anything! I would kill for your flat stomach.

  11. Uh oh…what happened to Caitlin? I hope she is ok. She hasn’t posted yet this morning! I’m worried!

  12. If the blog thing doesn’t work out you can always have a job as a bathing suite model!!

  13. you really are smokin in the bathing suit! No need to be modest when you have a killer bod. 🙂

  14. megan- nothing to be shy about!! you have an amazing body!!

  15. ive seen oatmeal squares asnd they look delicious on everybodys blog-maybe thats a sign i need them.
    girl i would post up pics of myself too if i looked that good!

  16. #1 Quaker Squares are AMAZING! I could eat bowls and bowls of them!!!
    #2 I am going to do the Whittle My Middle challenge — I need it for two reasons: core strength helps keep me injury free when running and I’m going to be travelling so much over the next month that I think this challenge will be a good motivator and reminder to at least get some strengthening in!
    #3 I used your pumpkin scone recipe — it was great! Thanks!!! : )

  17. I’m doing the Whittle My Middle challenge as well, and it’s KILLING me right now, but obviously in a good way 🙂

  18. That’s one of my fav cereals! It’s a good idea to take before and after pics, never thought of that! Hmmm, mind if I copy lol…of course I’d give you credit!

    I do abs about 4 times a week, but I wonder if I increase if I’d see results faster?? I’d feel nekkid too hehe 🙂 For the sake of health though, haha! Enjoy your day!!

  19. Love Quaker Oat Squares! Probably my favorite cereal!! I’m starting the Whiddle you Middle Challenge on Monday! I did the exercises to test them out on Thursday and I am still sore today! Haha, excited to start Monday!

  20. I considered, but due to injury abs are hard for me to do. You looks amazing already.

    I have never tried that cereal, I may have to except I have a serious cereal addiction and may not be able to stop once I start!

  21. I will take the challenge with you but I am going to start late as well! I never focus on my abs and I prob should.

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