The only exception was a wine weekend trip to Fredericksburg that we had planned months ago. We rented a house with some friends, tasted wine at a few vineyards, and saw the amazing Christmas lights in Johnson City. It was our first vacation without kids since the baby was born and it was SO nice! We missed them for sure, but our adults-only weekend was so relaxing! We slept in, drank (a lot of) coffee, strolled around town and enjoyed a fancy dinner. On Saturday we visited a few vineyards and I was pretty good about just tasting the wines and not overindulging. I felt like I was able to truly enjoy the wine without the hangover the next day that I’d usually get after an entire day of drinking wine!
I think most of our holidays and social gatherings revolve around food, so I thought I would have to isolate myself to be successful in this prep. So far this hasn’t been the case at all. I definitely have to do a little more planning and pack my own food if I don’t know the menu, but I’ve found that most people are very complimentary of healthful habits and the hosts are extremely appreciative of my offers to contribute a healthy dish to the meal.
Bikini Training Program
- Strength x 5 days (mostly 3-4 sets)
- Cardio x 3 days (15 minutes HIIT)
- 1 class per week (for fun if I want to)
Week 3: cardio increased to 20 minutes HIIT 4x week and my strength sets increased to 4-5 sets
Week 4: cardio goals is still 4x a week but either 20 minutes of HIIT or 35 minutes steady state
Week 5: strength workouts increased to 7 sets per exercise. OMG what?! SEVEN sets?!?! My leg workout took me 80 minutes to complete! I had planned to do cardio afterward but even just barely finishing my strength workout I was already running late to work.
Tuesday: Shoulders (try this Sculpted Shoulders workout)
Saturday: fitness class through ClassPass (try it and get $30 off with this link!), walk with the family, or something else active and fun
I get bored VERY easily during cardio, so I keep myself motivated by using the Aaptiv app. It’s an on-demand audio fitness that combines the guidance of a trainer with the perfect playlist to give you a fresh way to work out. They have hundreds of workouts for outdoor running or walking, treadmill, elliptical, stairclimber, cycling, race training, yoga, strength training, and meditation. I used to hate cardio, but this app is so motivating with a trainer in your ear telling you exactly what to do and encouraging you along the way.
I remember a few years ago when the idea of a competing in a bikini competition started to bounce around in my head. But seeing the training plans and the amount of cardio required, especially towards the end, I thought “no way I could ever do that much boring cardio!” Now the fun part of my week is looking through all the workouts on Sundays, narrowing them down by favorite trainers, genre of music, and duration, and planning them out for the week! I have a to-do list within the app of AT LEAST 50 workouts!
Here’s what a typical day of eating looks like for me (please keep in mind that this meal plan customized for MY specific dietary needs for my height, weight, workout intensity, AND my caloric needs for breastfeeding). This may not be appropriate for you.
Breakfast 4:30 am
Protein shake (my favorite protein powder is Legion Athletics Whey+ in Dutch Chocolate or Chocolate Peanut Butter) with half a banana and 1 cup spinach
1 slice Ezekiel toast with 1 Tbs almond butter
AM Snack 8:00 am
5 Egg whites, spinach, red onion + half avocado
Oatmeal + ½ cup blueberries + ½ oz chopped walnuts
Lunch 11:30 am
Grilled chicken or ground turkey
PM Snack 3:00 pm
Dale’s Raw Protein Bar –> went out of business in 2019 🙁
Dinner 6:00 pm
Bedtime Snack 8:15
Cottage cheese + ¼ cup blueberries + 1 Tbs granola + cinnamon
Or Chocolate covered almonds 2 days a week as a treat
Journey to the Stage: Bikini Competition Series
If you missed any of my Journey to the Stage bikini competition prep posts, you can get all caught up here: