Sooo the weather is warming up and bikini season is right around the corner. The thought of it can be daunting, but don’t let it be! Take charge of your life and your body right now, and let this summer be the summer you rock your bikini proudly! Don’t say “Maybe next summer”. No, you can do it now, less procrastinating and more doing! If the bikini isn’t your style, rock a tankini or sexy one piece, and have every women on the beach wondering how the hell you got those sexy arms and legs! Even if you don’t plan on hitting the beach anytime this summer, there is plenty of time to show off your arms in a cute tank. It is only the beginning of May, so the sooner you get started, the sooner you can get rockin!
I also wanted to share a helpful tip when you begin your transformation. TAKE PICTURES of yourself once a week or month. Even if you can’t see yourself changing, and are feeling frustrated with yourself, you can always compare pictures, and use this as an indicator of your progress. Sometimes the scale DOES lie. Not always, but in some cases when you begin to gain muscle and lose fat, the scale will go up and not down. I know this from personal experience. During the first round of the Livefit Trainer I did loose 7.5 pounds, but over the last couple of months I have gained about 3 pounds. I am not in the least bit concerned, due to the fact I have been increasing my weights and seeing progressive muscle growth. You can use the scale as a guide, but don’t let it dictate your life. Weighing yourself can get obsessive, especially when the numbers go up in stead of down. How do you measure your progression? I found that I can keep track simply by the way my clothes fit (It was so awful to haaave to get some new jeans ;)), or you can have a body fat analysis done.
Okay so once you have chosen a day to begin your transformation (there is no time like the present), but now what? Now you need to adapt a fitness regime and eating plan. Here are some tools what will help you make that happen:
Since I can thank this program for getting me where I am today, it is first on my list for whipping you into shape. It is great for people of all skill levels. It takes you step by step each day on what to eat, and your workout.
You can print the log sheets directly from the Livefit Trainer website or use the log sheets below. I find the log sheets below extremely beneficial because they include all of the exercises along with pictures beside each exercise. These sheets make it so much easier if you can’t remember a certain exercise or want to be sure you are doing it correctly.
If you plan on working out at home, and have little to no equipment, the workouts below are great.
Zuzka Light’s YouTube Channel – Her videos are very easy to follow and require only your body weight, skipping rope (I just mimic the motion without a real rope) and occasionally dumbbells or a kettle bell. If you don’t have these at home, they make great additions to your home gym, or you can fill a milk jug with sand.
Bodyrock TV – These workouts are great as well. They do require a bit more equipment but if you get creative you can make your own. Like I mentioned above, a milk jug with sand for a weight, use chairs or coffee table for triceps dips. Or you can order the equipment they suggest, and make your own home gym!
Home WODs – LAX Crossfit – These WODs (Workout of the Day) are awesome! We usually choose at least one per week to complete. They are quick, don’t require any equipment, focus on both strength and cardio and are challenging.
Nutrition is a very important part of the puzzle. For ideas on what to eat, please check out my recipes and meal plan under the “EATS” tab on my blog. My meal plan is what works for me and my body, and since we are all different, it may not work for you, but please feel free to use it as a guide.
Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer offers a great meal plan that allows you to choose your meals from a list of allowed foods. This is how I got started on my clean eating, and was extremely helpful. If you are unsure where to start, this is a great place to start! Here is a link for Phase 1, Day 1 of the Livefit Trainer, it shows you the workout for the very first day along with the diet: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer-phase-1-day-1.html.
Also, under the “Blogroll” tab are great Facebook pages, blogs and websites that have lots of great recipes.
And last but not least, choose the bikini you will sport after all of your hard work! Here are a couple of sites I have been perusing:
Now to help kick-start your new regime, and give you a meal idea, here is what I ate today for lunch:
1. Homemade Turkey Burger – turkey, garlic, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder
2. Quinoa – First rinsed and then cooked in my rice cooker
3. Spinach Salad – Raw spinach and sliced strawberries
4. Balsamic Vinaigrette – 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp olive oil