Yo girl over here getting ready for that summertime bikini bod, but especially for the BAHAMAS this year. We are going with Ryan's family as a celebration for his youngest sister's graduation :) This will be my third time going with his family to the Bahamas and we're so excited to spend a week in paradise. We haven't been back since we got engaged there 4 years ago!! (some of these pics also from 6 years ago!)
PLEASE look at how young we look in some of these pics from 2012 !!!
Anyways, I am starting to really focus on getting into shape and wanted to share my tips and tricks. It is totally a mindset more than anything else. Yes I want to look the best I can, but it's more about FEELING good and feeling confident. This feeling is different for everyone. Let me just clarify that by no means am I an expert!! Just another girl trying to find peace and happiness in herself and in this crazy world.
Like H20 all day long. More specifically, I try to aim for 4-5 liters a day. I have a refillable bottle that I fill up throughout the day and try to drink a 1 bottle before/with breakfast, 1-2 at the gym, 1 with lunch, and 1 with dinner. Bonus for drinking non-stop! I love this one because you can screw off the whole top and throw it all in the dishwasher! I've been using it for about a year now and actually about to order another.
Definitely the most important part of getting into shape is nutrition. It's 80% nutrition and 20% exercise! Luckily, I usually crave eating healthy and thrive best when I'm eating well. With that being said, I love my pizza nights and always have to have a chocolate chip cookie now and then. Ryan also has the same mindset, which is SO nice that he is on the same page and enjoys cooking at home as much as I do. We stock up on groceries at the commissary and eat at home for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week - which also helps with saving moo-lah. And try not to drink during the week :( We usually have date nights on Friday or Saturday (with wine) and then go to brunch on Sunday after church somewhere.
I could seriously eat the same thing everyday and be fine but some of my go to meals are:
- Oatmeal with a scoop of protein + berries + chia/flax/hemp seeds
- Peanut butter and banana ezekiel toast
- Avocado toast with fried eggs
- Salad with some sort of protein like black beans, hardboiled egg, tuna, etc..
- Avocado toast with hardboiled eggs
- Leftovers from dinner the night before
- Obsessed with peanut butter cliff bars lately (tastes like a peanut butter cookie)
- Hardboiled eggs + almonds + cheese stick
- Apple + peanut butter
- Salmon with roasted veggies
- Grilled portobello mushroom with rice and zucchini
- Zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs
- Shrimp cauliflower-rice stir fry
Those are pretty much our go-to dinners and we are trying to watch our carbs at night. We are also eating less meat and more plant-based with seafood - actually gave up all meat for lent this year and felt amazing!
I am definitely the type of person that has to workout or I would go insane. When I'm working towards a goal, I try to workout 5-6x a week. In the past, this has been anything from bootcamp classes, spin classes, running, barre, pilates, yoga, you name it - I've done it all. Did you know I'm a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor?!! Very passionate about fitness!
Now, I'm very much into weights and weight-lifting. Before you roll your eyes or doubt yourself, it's not as "hard" as it seems.. and NO YOU WILL NOT GET BULKY. Is that still a thing people think anymore? I hope you don't! Its actually the opposite for me, it helps me slim down so much! Because muscle weighs less than fat.
So nowadays, I am training 5-6 days a week and my schedule looks something like this:
Monday: Glutes / Hamstrings + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Tuesday: Shoulders + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Wednesday: Back / Chest + ab circuit + distance run (outside usually 3-5 miles)
Thursday: Biceps / Triceps + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Friday: Quads / Calves + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Saturday: Long distance run (usually 5-10 miles)
*Treadmill sprints = start off warming up / jogging for 5 min at a comfortable pace. Increase the speed to a sprinting pace and sprint for 40 seconds on: 20 seconds off by jumping to the side of the treadmill. I am usually at an 8.5 on my first sprint and increase my speed EVERY sprint. Lately, the last sprint of mine is around 10.5. Shoot for 10 sprints total, and cool down for the last 5 minutes. I'm going for that drive that you have to find within to really push yourself by the end! So much that I have to tell myself "if it's not challenging, it's not changing."
I know it seems like a lot, but I rarely workout for more than an hour total! Sometimes, I'm in-and-out in like 45 minutes! The goal is to go HARD for the time I'm there and really push myself, like mentioned above.
I actually did Jordan Edwards' 4 week challenge and it seriously changed my mindset - dare I say life?? She gives you workouts and I just kept them as screenshots on my phone to use month after month. I learned SO much from her and on weight-lifting / training and the results are amazing. It almost changed my mindset to be at peace with working out vs. the opposite (I'll write a whole other blog post on that)..
Still continuing to challenge myself and find what makes makes me the happiest.. most likely a life-long process.
Hope you learned something and as always, don't hesitate to reach out! :)