On one hand, the weather is GORG and it’s full of fun day trips to places like Catalina Island and Malibu (EEEEP CAN’T WAIT). But on the other hand, it’s bikini season.
We all know the drill, right?
Bikini season starts and we’re pale, not as toned and tightened as we’d like to be, and yet we’re still forced to endure the insecurities that come along with wearing a swimsuit if we want to have any sort of social life over the summer. My friends are ALWAYS at the beach. UGH.
Even though I have a pretty regular workout regimen already, I usually kick it up a notch right before summer so that I know I’ll feel confident strutting around in my cute bikini!
SO I figure I’d give you the deets on my last minute summer bod prep. I start planning it all out about a month in advance.
I clean up my eating big time.
That means no processed crap or added sugars. I try to stay with the whole foods & carbs high in fiber and I make sure I have a protein in every meal, but I stay away from protein bars.
This isn’t too different from how I normally eat so it’s not a big change, but now there’s less room for cheat meals. That means no cupcakes or donuts and really just less carbs in general. But the carbs I do eat are whole wheat (never bleached) and I try to pick foods like brown rice & quinoa over pasta.
Again, nothing too drastic. Crash diets never work, anyways. Any kind of diet that severely limits the kinds of foods you can eat will never help you permanently lose weight or tone up. So what’s the point, really?
I start increasing my workouts, too.
Usually I workout 4-5 times a week and I step it up to 6 times a week. 3 days are strength training and 3 days cardio. I’m a huge fan of splitting up your muscle groups so I’ll have an upper body, lower body, and full body day and I workout for about 45 minutes to an hour.
I’m also loving park workouts lately. So I’ll either run (or walk…lol) to one of the parks near me with a pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell in my bag, find a nice grassy/shady spot, and break a sweat. It’s a nice change of scenery from a plain old gym and I even get in a little extra cardio on the way there and back.
My favorite Sunday ritual is to walk to Tongva Park for my workout, walk over to the Joan’s on Third across the street for a salad trio and pressed juice, and then walk back. It’s the perfect self-care day for me. And I LOVE having the day to myself! It gets me out of my head and focused on my goals.
Then for cardio, I always MIX IT UP.
Y’all know I can’t stand boring cardio.
I’ve been on a SoulCycle kick for like the past two months so usually I take 2 classes a week and for my last day of cardio, I’ll either take a long hike or hop on the Stairmaster to an episode of Grey’s Anatomy for 45 minutes. Sometimes I’ll throw in a Skyfit workout too because I need to be running more anyways.
It’s never boring, that’s for sure. And keeping a little schedule helps me stay on track, which is great because then I never skip a day.
When it’s summer bod crunch time, you need all the help you can get. So no matter how many times a week you plan on working out, stick to the number. It’s SO important. I make an appointment for myself to workout in my planner and I check it off just like every other responsibility I have for the day.
Making your workout a scheduled appointment is great for accountability. And I’m pretty anal when it comes to my planner, which is a plus in this situation. When something is written down in my planner, it needs to get done at the time it’s written down at.
So yeah, schedule your workouts & never miss a day!
And most importantly? I drink A LOT of water.
I’m not messing around here, I mean bottles a day. Drinking water is like the #1 weight loss secret that everyone forgets about, I swear. Water plays a huge role in fat burning and weight loss/maintenance in general. One thing we need to take into account when it comes to our weight is water weight.
It’s seriously one of the most unnecessary things and yet there’s no stopping it. Water weight (aka bloating) can happen for so many reasons in including periods and a diet high in salt. But did you know you retain MORE water weight when you’re not drinking enough water?!
Yeah, it’s true. So drinking enough water a day can really lower your water weight which can help shed off a few lb’s and also get those abs toned and defined….JUST by drinking more water.
I don’t really measure how much water I drink a day but I make sure I’m constantly drinking it. Usually I probably finish 2-ish liters a day.
1} Clean up your eating! Cut out any unnecessary calories like added sugar and processed foods. Make sure there’s a protein in every meal and you’re eating a lot of whole grain carbs.
2} Amp up your workouts. Make sure you bump up the number of workouts you do a week and get your cardio in.
3} Never skip a day! Make a schedule and stick to it. Write it in your planner or in your phone and treat it like any other appointment. Get accountable!
4} Stay hydrated! Continuously drink water throughout the day avoid drinking your calories with stuff like soda and alcohol.
Anddd as for how pale we all still are? I mean, spray tans always do the trick. HA.