Getting Bathing Suit Ready!

May 30, 2012

If you are anything like me, you were probably dreading (even if just a teeny bit) putting on your bathing suit this past sunny weekend, despite the warm weather. Well, okay, it wasn’t that warm. But nevertheless, we are all thinking it…. Bikini weather is coming and there is nothing we can do to stop it!

Ladies, do not despair! There are some simple tricks and tips to help make the transition to skimpy clothing less scary. And no, it does not involve lemon juice diets or eating only raw carrot sticks until you turn orange.

Bob Harper, trainer from TV’s The Biggest Loser, chef and recent author of The Skinny Rules lays out some simple “nonnegotiable rules” for staying trim and healthy. These rules will not turn our bodies into Victoria Secret model figures, but then again, that is not really our goal. Our goal as a healthy, STRONG woman is to feel our best in any outfit; to feel vibrant, sexy, and happy in the bodies we live in; these same beautiful bodies that carry our children, love our partners and allow us to be play and travel.

So, with that in mind, these 20 simple “rules” (strong suggestions, really) can help you feel bikini ready, all the while keeping in mind that you are beautiful just the way you are.

Bob’s 20 Nonnegotiable Rules from The Skinny Rules

Include:

1) Water- lots and lots, with every meal

2) A real breakfast such as oatmeal, eggs, or plain Greek yogurt with nuts and berries

3) Berries and apples every day

4) Fiber rich fruits and veggies

5) Protein at every meal

Exclude:

The obvious bad guys~

1) Added sweeteners in drinks and foods

2) Refined flours and grains; white potatoes; white rice

3) Fast foods & fried foods

4) High salt foods

Important Components: 

1) Read labels to determine portions and scout out hidden bad guys

2) Have a meatless day each week

3) Strive to make at least 10 meals per week at home

4) Cut off eating 3 hours before bed

5) Sleep right

6) Allow a splurge meal once per week

Extra Tips: 

1) Eat carb heavier in the mornings, and less throughout the day

2) Add in extra fiber and protein in the afternoons

3) Eat lean and green for dinner

4) Plan meals and prepare portion sizes on a Sunday evening for the week

5) Place certain smart snack foods, such as hard-boiled eggs, blueberries, cucumbers, etc. at eye-level in the fridge

Other tips and tricks (by Dr. Deegan)

1) Always take the stairs

2) Park the furthest away from the store entrance in any parking lot

3) Walk, run, bike, skip, jump to work

4) 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (or 150 minutes per week) of moderate exercise is the minimum amount of exercise required by our bodies

5) Do yoga or stretch twice a week

6) Start slow~ You don’t want to pull a hamstring and be on crutches in that bikini!!

And as always, come see us if you feel like you could use some more help, need more motivation or guidance, or just feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. We are here to help you feel your best. So, come on in, and start feeling better.

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