Thursday, January 24, 2013

Getting in shape for our vacation. How I finally did it!


Let me first day that #1. I'm already feeling super self-conscious for blogging these photos, I promise I'm not vain! I finally found something that works & had share this journey in hopes to inspire someone, #2 having to get anywhere close to bikini ready mid-January is just plain cruel. Cruel I tell you! ...The road to loosing weight & toning up for our vacation seemed like a long one, I tried so, SO many combinations of different diets (which I always failed..miserably) & exercise routines beginning 4 months before our trip. Three months into it and I still wasn't seeing the results I was looking for. I didn't know what else to try :( With just a month before our trip I was feeling defeated. 

One day while on Pinterest, I came across this 30 day challenge. With nothing to lose, I decided to go for it. I began doing this once a day before bed, sometimes even twice a day (morning & evening) when I was feeling real adventurous. I started small with fewer number of reps & increased them as my core became stronger. Just a week later I was seeing results. In addition to the 30 day ab challenge I was also doing 20-30 minutes of cardio along with 20 minutes of weight training (the same amount that I was doing the past 3 months but still not seeing noticeable results). The ab challenge was really working! 
After 2 weeks of completing the ab challenge I wanted to try & mix in a healthy eating regimen. I searched & searched making sure that it was something I knew I could stick with. I was over setting myself up for failure like I had done in the past. This one really caught my eye.
I loved the fact that I could still have a little of my bread that I love (mmm carbs, I love you) & that they had a healthy option for dessert! Paul even liked the Skinny Cow bars! Most of the time I switched out the grilled chicken with grilled Salmon :) 2 weeks later I was feeling even more confident & never got tired of the Flat Belly Diet! It really is pretty amazing.
If you are already straying from your New Years resolution I would 100% recommend the Flat Belly diet to get you re-inspired, maybe even add a 30 day ab challenge to your day! 

10 comments:

  1. how awesome do you look! you look stunning and that bikini is so cute on you

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  2. you look amazing, as do those beaches!

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  3. you look great I'm impressed! It is so hard to stay fit over winter, I constantly want to bake and eat carbs!

    new follower :)

    www.nateandmaryclaire.blogspot.com

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    1. I am the worst when it comes to late night baking & carbs are my weakness!

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  4. Would you eat that meal plan every single day or would you change it up any?

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    1. Dayna - I went about 2 weeks with that meal plan, making sure to switch it up with different types of ingredients in my salads to keep things interesting (I am not a salad eater at all). I also never did the quinoa salad just replaced it with another type of salad. Substituting the grilled chicken breast for dinner with salmon every now and then was super yummy. Even before the diet I usually have PB on toast normally but would sometimes boil an egg and substitute that for the 2nd slice of wheat bread in the morning :)

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  5. seriously girl you look awesome! I'm inspired (as i sit here finishing my bagel and large iced chai ...dont judge me ahha)

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    1. Oooo can I join you?! Two of my favorites

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  6. I just saw this Meal Plan on Pinterest the other day and HAD to pin it! It's a pretty easy meal plan to follow! And it did you good hunny! Can you say, six pack??

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