This time in 10 weeks I will be lying by a pool in a bikini, hopefully enjoying the sunshine. The thought of my wintery body being in a bikini fills me with dread at the moment. My weight when I checked about 2 weeks ago, was back up to around 66kg, finding out I had put 2kg back on was not a happy discovery, let me tell you!
I really want to have a body that I’ll be proud of in a bikini this summer, and although I wish there was a miracle pill I could take, I know that it’s not going to happen without hard work, willpower and self control.
Increasing Weekly Exercise
I always start off the week well, then gradually my exercise sessions seem to fade out by the end of the week. I need to stop this happening, and to remain consistant. I now have to sign up for my gym classes, have been attending NTC and a run club, and hope these keep me on track. I am going to up my sessions to at least; 1 x spinning, 2 x strength, 2 x pilates and 3 x running per week- sometimes more than 1 activity a day, with at least one total rest day.
Have Something to Train For
I have a couple of races that I have signed up for over the next few months, including the Bupa 10,000m, the London to Brighton bike ride and Edinburgh 10K. I have also joined Team Naturally Run– with Leah, to train for, and run another 10k with a group of girls (and boys?!). I find it much easier to stick to my training when I have a goal at the end of it. I haven’t run a 10k before, and with three in the pipe line, I want to ensure that I run them to my full capability.
Cut Back on Alcohol Consumption
‘Don’t drink your calories’- one of Bob Harper’s main rules (have I mentioned I love the Biggest Loser before?) I know that I drink more than I should, and in order to save calories (and hangovers) I need to cut back not only on the number of nights I drink, but also the amount I consume on my ‘drinking nights’. This one is going to be hard, particulary when the weather improves and weekends and evenings are spent enjoying various pub gardens around London.
Bring a Pack Lunch
This will help save money for my holiday, as well as ensuring that I make healthy choices. Quite often when I go out for lunch, it’s easy to be tempted into buying something that is not a good option, or by eating hidden calories (hello 800 calorie sandwiches, I am thinking of you!). Bringing a pack lunch, or buying something to put together at work helps me feel in control of what I am eating. I just need to make sure I plan this in the morning or the night before to stop me food shopping when I’m hungry- far too dangerous! That said, I have recently discovered an amazing salad shop near me, that does huge, delicious salads, a great option for days that I am meeting friends for lunch, or don’t have anything that I can bring with me.
Eating 7 Servings of Fruit and Veg a Day
Apparently 5 are not enough any more, so I am going to try and eat at about 7 portions of different fruit and veg a day, squeezing them into breakfast, snacks, smoothies, lunch and dinner. To do this I need to make sure I have them on hand, in place of a biscuit or chocolate bar. I’m hoping to satiate my sugar cravings with fruit in the afternoon and after dinner. I walk past a Whole Foods on my way to work, so am thinking about picking up a couple of pieces each morning to ensure I get fresh, seasonal produce that I won’t get bored with!
Increase my Protein Intake
I’ll be talking more about this in a future post, but I have realised just how important protein in your diet is when losing/maintaining weight and exercising. I love Sarah’s post on protein, and recently Laura talked about protein shakes for those that don’t want to Hulk up! I try to include a bit of protein into each of my meals, and have swapped out low fat yogurts for Greek yogurt, but I am looking into adding a bit of protein powder to my life…watch this space.
Eat Better Breakfasts
When I was younger I hated breakfast. I used to either skip it, or choose something filling like…a chocolate biscuit. I’m not sure what happened in the intervening years, but I now LOVE breakfast. I know I need to eat enough to keep me full, and energized/refueled after a pre-work workout. I love pb on toast with banana, porridge with berries and yogurt and granola. I may also try to include some eggs for breakfast a couple of times a week!
Think About Snacking
Seemingly no matter what I eat for breakfast or lunch, I always need (want) a snack between meals. I know I can’t go with nothing very often, so I need to factor in snacks to my day. Healthy, filling, nutritious foods that will perk me up at 11am/4.30pm (my hunger hours) and get me ready for a lunch break gym session or run after work. Allowing myself to snack will keep me full but also in control and stop me pigging out on a share size pack of crisps or bag of chocolate. I’m not a massive fan of nuts as a snack, I know they are great but I just don’t get it. However, I recently discovered these, ok so they are caramelised nuts IN chocolate, and they are so so expensive, but I love them, and I can have two or three with my afternoon cup of tea and I really enjoy them. Just need to find someone to finance this habit…
Cut Down on Portion Sizes
I don’t need to eat the same amount as Tom. Infact, I shouldn’t be. I also don’t need to finish my plate and sides when I go out for dinner. In particular, I know that I need to cut down on my carb intake- not that I am going all Atkins over here, but I recently took a quiz that suggested my metabolism works best with a 40-30-30 breakdown: 40 protein, 30 carb and 30 fat! I am going to load up my plate with fresh veggies and cut down the pasta, potato, bread aspects, particularly in my dinners.
Starting Weight: 66.7kg
Goal Weight: 63kg
I’d love to lose the weight, but ultimately if I tone up and feel more confident with my figure I will be very very happy!
Are you planning on bikini holiday that you want to get into better shape for? How are you going about toning up?