Jawbone UP MOVE activity tracker
When it comes to staying fit and healthy (and being bikini ready!), I have an overall goal of consistency, rather than an “oh crap, it’s June and I need to look good NOW” mindset. I DO go in phases of eating more/slacking off (er, the holidays?), but more often than not I stay pretty consistent with working out and eating well. I’m not going to sit here and say that I am the most fittest person, or that I eat the best AT ALL, but I do work hard and I am proud of myself for keeping a routine and not giving up or letting it all go after I’ve had my kids. I am going to be 35 in August (YIKES!), and I hope that staying in shape is a lifelong goal, rather than a seasonal thing.
On that note, here are three things I do to stay bikini ready year round, and for the Summer as well!
1) One of the biggest things for me is tracking my steps via the Jawbone UP MOVE activity tracker and the UP app with Smart Coach. I have learned through this I don’t get enough steps on a daily basis (you can see my worst and best days HERE), and that even on my best day I STILL don’t get the recommended 10,000 steps. (Insert sad face here.) So how to I improve that? I have been working on upping my running distance at the gym for those days I work out, as well as doing more full body weight moves afterward (walking lunges, burpees, mountain climbers, etc.) This typically gets me pretty close to the steps I need. On the days I don’t work out I incorporate more activities with my kids, such as bringing them for walks or bike rides (rather than sitting at the park while they play.) I also always taking the stairs rather than an elevator, park farther away at stores, and go the long way at any place I have to walk to. These little differences do add up, and I feel better about my overall health. I am a fairly sedentary person by nature, so using the Jawbone UP MOVE and UP app with Smart Coach forces me to work harder than I would on my own. I can easily check the app on my phone and see what my steps are, and see what I need to do to walk more. I used to think that workout out 3 days a week was enough, and that I could slack off on my off days, but this is not true! It took tracking my steps to figure this out, ha;)
2) Not only is moving more a priority for my health, but eating well is just as important. I am not the best with my diet, I am looking to reduce my carbs and sugar more than I already do, but for the most part I eat pretty healthy. I am a creature of habit when it comes to food. I find something I like and I eat that for a month or more before moving on. I almost always eat a Larabar for breakfast with coffee, and for lunch I make a salad. Each grocery day I pre make my salads in tupperware jars (cukes, peppers, tomatoes, and a bit of feta on the bottom, with lettuce on the top to keep everything crunchy!) I make about 5-6 of these at a time, so that each day I just spill it into a bowl and add sliced up turkey, a bit of croutons for crunch, and salad dressing. This makes it easy to make a healthy choice each day and forces me to eat more greens, something I’m not always awesome at.
When it comes to snacks, I like a handful of almonds, or some Book Chicka Pop popcorn. I can eat that stuff by the bagful, (oops!) I also limit my alcohol (er, mostly…), and I don’t eat dessert that often. I rarely eat anything after I finish my dinner, either. We eat dinner between 5 and 6pm and then I am done until breakfast the next day. Knowing when to splurge on treats and snacks, and when to say no is pretty big for me as well. I find there is always a special occasion to splurge on, and I have to say no to things more than I say yes. This makes a difference in not only my weight, but in how I feel about myself in the long run.
3) Lastly, I find that having cute things to workout in makes me more apt to want to go to the gym! I go through seasons of buying new things, maybe getting five or six complete workout outfits about 2 times a year? This makes me more eager to put on my workout clothes and get going, and I work harder if I feel good about myself. I love Old Navy for their inexpensive options, and recently fell in love with Fabletics for their fun designs and for the quality of their clothes. Workout clothes are a go to casual look for me, you’ll often find me wearing them even on the days I’m not at the gym. It’s the best way to look pulled together without really trying, one of my fave ways to dress;)
Tell me, how do you stay bikini ready for the Summer?
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