Monday Musings: #SMC Week 1

Let's start this Monday off with a cute outfit from Pretty and Chic, I love love love this top - it's flattering and the perfect length!  

My weekend has been crazy - I'm going to be REAL glad when all these home improvements are finished! I can't live much longer with out use of my kitchen and we've only just begun, the stress of the mess is giving me hives. They are finishing up the granite today and then Friday the tiling guys are coming and half my floors are getting ripped up - I will be going to stay with my parents for a few days.

Twilight had a great time though - all it took was a fresh hair cut at Sweet and Sassy and some rollerskates, which she refused to take off all weekend. 


Today is the first day of the #SMCHALLENGE - I will be posting everything on here too, so even if you are not in the group you will be able to maybe learn something new or follow along on your own. Val from Fab Chick gets Fit is helping me out - you won't want to miss her at home lifting series! 
Those of you waiting on entry to the Fit Family group, stay with me, I'll be getting to that today.

Now for the #SMCHALLENGE topic of the week - how many calories should I be eating. 
There is no magic formula for anyone, it's trial and error, so find something you are comfortable with and stick with it for 2 weeks, if you don't see and change then mix it up for another 2 weeks, etc. 

There are several different ways to figure them out and I'm going to share the ones I've liked the best.

Harris Benedict Equation - click here for the calculator
  • You start with your BMR {how many calories you need to live} to find that number click here
  • Next you multiply that by your activity level - this is a little tricky - how active are you really? I work out 6 days a week for 60-90 minutes at a pretty intense level, but sometimes I don't get a run in on Sundays so I bump it down to the safe side and say I'm moderately active 5 days a week. I would say if your workouts are less than an hour long daily to really downplay your activity level. 
  • Then you want to figure in weight loss - click here. Don't be tempted to decrease your calories by too much, slow weight loss is better than dropping it fast!
  • You will NOT be eating back any of your workout calories burned, they are already figured in. 
Macros - IIFYM

  • There are two popular calculators to find out your macros, IIFYM and MacroFit. I used the Macrofit and just did a post on it, read it here, I'm not going to rehash it. 



The first challenge will run the entire 12 weeks and the winner will get 100 bucks to spend at Sugar Love Boutique! You must keep a daily food journal with the calories for each food, you can use My Fitness Pal or another tracker, but I need to be able to spot check it if you win! 


Best Protein Creations! Next Monday {July 7} will will hold a voting contest for the person to come up with the best recipe or concoction that has protein in it!  You will submit your photo and recipe to the designated album on the Facebook group - I will share the top 3 recipes here! 
  • Recipe and photo due Monday the 7th by 5pm
  • Voting will take place Monday after 5 for 24 hours
  • You vote by liking the picture

I want to thank the sponsors of the #SMCHALLENGE

I am still accepting sponsors - if you are interested please contact me at skinnymeg@outlook.com 



  1. Is there anyway for you to spot check fitbit?

  2. Thanks for posting about smchallenge as well! Kill it, everyone. YOU are worth it. :)

  3. Ok I must not be getting this whole calorie thing...my BMR is 1893 x activity level (played down) 1.375 = 2604.25. Am I supposed to be eating that much? Seems like a ton of calories. I clearly am missing something....

  4. With the number of people in the Fit Family and #SMChallenge groups, someone should pitch to companies like Quest Bar, etc. about sponsorships.

  5. I really enjoy your posts about your macros. I've been toying with the idea for awhile, and you make it seem manageable! TS looks like such a big girl with her new haircut!

  6. Thanks for all the hard work you are putting into this challenge! I am so excited about this and you are truly an inspiration to SO MANY people.

  7. I just found you blog a few weeks ago and serioulsy love it! You crack me up and I'm loving all the clothes and gym pictures. Keep it up!


  8. Ive been at the same weight give or take a few lbs for months, Idk if Im not eating enough or what those calculators say 1700 calories a day that cannot be right.

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