Bikini season is around the corner ladies. I know….let’s all just take a deep breath. First off, this post is not about how to become “bikini ready” (what does that even mean) or a crazy diet to help you lose weight. I am just sharing subtle changes I’ve been making in my daily routines that have made me feel healthier and therefore, happier. Because as we all know…”Exercise gives you endorphins…endorphins make you happy….”
So if you ask any of my closest friends, they will say I am happiest eating a double double or crunch wrap supreme with a large Dr. Pepper. I used to proudly be the queen of processed and fast foods. However, about 6 months ago I started seeing drastic changes throughout my body. I was experiencing abnormal sleeping patterns, cystic acne, bloating, weight gain, and the list goes on. I have always been active, but wasn’t seeing results due to my horrible eating patterns. When I did try to eat healthy, I would take it to the extreme by limiting myself to pretty much salads and water. I needed to find a middle ground that was sustainable.
I took it one step at a time. Instead of a Dr. Pepper a day, it became every other day, then once a week and then just on special occasions. Instead of fast food everyday (I know, don’t judge me), it became only once a week. I stopped loading my cubbards with junk food, because I have zero self control. I found meals that I actually enjoyed that aren’t necessarily crazy healthy, but are a huge improvement from before. Some examples are turkey sandwiches, protein smoothies, breakfast burritos, wheat pasta, steak and potatoes, and burgers on wheat buns. I found a diet that I actually enjoyed, therefore it was sustainable. I also don’t hate myself when I sneak a chocolate chip cookie after dinner, which happens often!
My go-to meal that I have every diet as a meal replacement or after my workouts is a chocolate banana protein smoothie. My body does not digest whey protein, so I switched to the Perfect Fit protein powder. This line was created by the amazing Tone It Up girls. If you aren’t familiar with their workouts or meal plans yet, then I HIGHLY suggest you check them out! The Perfect Fit protein is…certified organic, non-GMO, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kosher, and Vegan! It’s derived from pea protein, which is much easier of your body to digest!
Here’s the recipe I use every day:
-1 cup ice
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 tablespoon Red Mill flaxseed
-2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (you can use any nut butter!)
-1 scoop chocolate Perfect Fit Protein Powder
I blend it all together in my NutriBullet and voila! It takes me five minutes and is SO delicious! You can swap out the chocolate powder with vanilla and add frozen fruits with kale or spinach for a berry smoothie too! Costco has frozen individuals packs that include strawberries, kale, blueberries, and raspberries which makes it super easy to throw together!
Now onto my exercise routine! I am a certified yoga instructor, so I need to be on my mat at least three times a week or else I go nuts. Sculpt at CorePower Yoga is my obsession. It is heated yoga with weights and will absolutely kick your booty. The class targets every part of your body AND includes cardio! On my off days, I run or try new classes at different studios. I absolutely love reformer pilates and barre. The key is finding a class you enjoy taking rather than dread.
I also purchased some light weights and some adjustable bands from Target, for when I am lazy and just want to do some light exercises at home. If you need some ideas for exercises at home, then Kayla Itsines has an AMAZING workout guide for under $100. Check out her Instagram page to see all the transformations from people who have used her guides. They are absolutely incredible! Also, check out her app in the App Store!
Lastly, and most importantly, limit the time you spend comparing yourself to others. We are all guilty of this, especially now that we live in a world fueled by social media. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scrolled through the profiles of Instagram famous bikini models and then analyzed every part of my body. Focus on creating a lifestyle change that you can sustain and will make you feel better in addition to looking better.
I hope you gals can relate to some of my health/ fitness struggles and take away some helpful tips. As women, the process of loving our bodies is a long and challenging one that we are always working on. My number one suggestion is to start by taking small steps that you can sustain, find a way to exercise that you love and just go from there! Below are some of my favorite activewear pieces at the moment so at least you look cute while working out 😉
As always, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to read my posts!