Friday, March 4, 2011

Get Ready For Summer Swimsuit Season: New Diet and Workout Plan

For me, getting ready for summer swimsuit season is not about looking perfect, or trying to look like a 20-year old swimsuit model- it's about feeling comfortable enough in a swimsuit that when I am at the pool, beach or water park I can have fun, and not worry about how I look.

Its about looking good enough, not looking perfect. But good enough is not easy. It still requires a step up from the winter routine.

I blogged before about my diet and exercise schedule here, and that is fine for winter, but now the fun begins as we count down to summer vacation.

Here is my summer diet and workout schedule. It is a sample plan that you can borrow if you think it might work for you or you can modify it to suit your needs.


Breakfast: Cliff Bar, water

Lunch: 1/2 c. Plain oatmeal with milk and juice

Snack: Rolled up plain taco shell- burrito size (look for the high fiber, high protein kind). You can add any raw veggies into the taco shell if you want.

Snack: 2 Tbl almonds/walnuts

Dinners: Meat-free spaghetti, meat-free low-cal fettucini box mixes, turkey wrap, wild alaskan salmon, flavored rice mixed with chicken or turkey, 1 large slice of vegetarian pizza, low-fat subway sandwich

Dinners also include lots of fruits and vegetables. Water only- no soda.

2 nights a week dessert consists of a bowl of favorite fortified cold cereal and a piece of toast
other nights dessert consists of homemade hot cocoa made from 1 Tbl. real dark cocoa, 1 Tbl. agave nectar and fat-free milk.

No other desserts or treats. If you lose track of this once in a while- no big deal.
If this diet makes you hungry- eat more- you should never be hungry- but remain disciplined.

Workout schedule

Monday: Power Yoga
Yoga Shakti with Shiva Rea
Power Yoga with Rodney Yee
Flow Yoga (intermediate) with Jennifer Lynn
Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Power Hour with Sadie Nardini

Tuesday: Fun Dance
Dance the Chakras or Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravi Singh
Any Bollywood Dance workout with Hemalayaa
Trance Dance with Shiva Rea

Wednesday: Pilates
Any 10 Minute Pilates Workout with Lara Hudson

Thursday: Aerobics with Weights
Any Firm Total Body workout

Friday: Clean your whole house

Saturday: Gym workout
30 minutes eliptical
30 minutes treadmill
Weight machines as desired
(If you don't have a gym membership than just run/walk outside for an hour and then follow it up with some pushups, situps and squats)

You can add some stretches and a 10 minute morning walk at sunrise or a little after. It's really nice and you get some fresh air.

Other options to add include: site seeing, swimming, dancing, mowing the lawn, rock climbing, hiking, etc.

Exercise should be fun. If I find myself miserable I always slow down and if I find myself frustrated with any workout video I don't ever do that one again. Good music or an audio book to listen to while working out helps some people. I am at the point- if its not fun and challenging than I don't do it.


Justine Cricks said...

Oh yeah, that's very true. It's better to feel good about yourself instead of chasing the idea of a perfect body. If you want to make an effort to fit in your summer swimsuit, then have fun while doing so!

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