Raise your hand if you know you need to workout and have the best intentions to workout, but never do.
I’m over here raising both hands. Guys, it’s so hard, and I’m constantly struggling with working out consistently.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I go to yoga at my local gym once or twice a week, which is much better than not being active at all, but I know I need to do more. I WANT to do more.
In the past, I’ve tried doing workout videos on Youtube. I’ve gone with my husband to the gym. I’ve gone to the gym by myself. I’ve tried Instagram & Pintrest challenges. But I was never able to stick with anything. Any one of those methods could work for anyone, including myself, but I lacked consistency. I think that’s the problem with most people. You have the desire to get fit and the best intentions to do so, but then life happens. We make excuses: we’re tired, we don’t have the time, we don’t have the equipment, we ate shitty today, we have nothing to wear, it’s not Monday. And the list of reasons why we can’t work out goes on and on.
I’m so guilty of this, but it all stops now!
A couple of months ago, I was invited to join the 28 Day Bikini Challenge by Goddess Body Co. The challenge includes workouts, meal plans, and lots of super helpful fitness and health info. I was sooooooo excited to start the program.
And I did start it.
Like 4 different times, but I couldn’t seem to get past week one. *face palm*
It has nothing to do with the challenge, but everything to do with my inability to remain consistent.
Now summer is here, and although my body looks decent in a bikini, I know it can look better. I want to tone my abs, arms, and my booty, but my biggest pain point is the cellulite on my thighs. Big legs run in my family, so I would like to address that before it starts to snowball as I get older.
The 28 Day Bikini Challenge alternates between HIIT (high intensity interval training) and LISS (low intensity steady rate cardio) exercise days. So MWF workouts consist of exercises like squats, planks, and crunches; while TuThSa workouts can be yoga, biking, hiking, or another similar cardio-based exercise. Sunday’s are rest days. Absolutely no equipment is needed, so that eliminates one of my infamous excuses.
Daily meal plans are also included, detailing what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks – along with recipes. I subscribe to a meal delivery service (Hello Fresh), so dinner is usually a no-brainer for me and typically healthier than what I would make on my own. However, I often struggle with what to make for lunch and snacks, especially since I work from home and tend to graze throughout the day. Following the meal plan is going to be crucial to my fitness success.
As I said earlier, I’ve started and stopped the challenge several times, so what am I going to do differently this time?
Well, for starters, I did a dummy trial last week. I did at least 10 minutes of exercising (almost) every day. Monday was Memorial Day, so I obviously couldn’t workout on a holiday when there’s barbecue to eat (read: sarcasm, but truly my logic). On Tuesday, I went to yoga at the gym, which is about a 50-minute class. Wednesday morning I did some squats and other body weight exercises at home for about 15 minutes. On Thursday I had a late work meeting, so I wasn’t able to make it to yoga. Instead, I did a few stretches and sun salutations at home. Friday’s home workout was similar to Wednesday’s, and just consisted of about 20 minutes of body weight exercises. Saturday is usually my make or break day, because I NEVER workout on the weekend. In my mind, weekends are for Netflix. And blogging. But mostly Netflix.
So guess what? I didn’t workout on Saturday.
I went for a 25-minute brisk walk around the neighborhood. Technically, maybe going for a walk is a form of working out, but in my mind, I tricked myself into thinking that it wasn’t and that I was just going for a walk on a beautiful day. And it was so lovely – that walk was possibly the highlight of my week. The key for LISS days is to just be active…no strenuous exercise routine needed.
Doing that low-stress trial week where I didn’t beat myself if I didn’t work out one day or didn’t exercise as much as I wanted to another day, really gave me the motivation that I needed to believe that I CAN complete the Goddess Body Bikini Challenge.
Workout plan? Check. Meal plan? Check. Motivation? Double check. Now it’s time to put the plan into action.
Starting Monday, June 5th, 2017, I, Ariel Sahar, will begin the 28 Day Goddess Body Bikini Challenge (for the 5th time, minor detail) and will complete the entire program within 28 days (major detail). I can’t guarantee that I’ll workout every single day that I’m supposed to. But I do promise that even if I don’t, I won’t let that derail me from staying on track.
Obviously, I want to be able to track my progress and remain accountable so I will post weekly updates on the blog every Sunday for the next 4 weeks.
Also, I’m taking my measurements on day 1 to be able to compare to day 28. It’s kind of embarrassing to show, but we’re all friends here, right?
Measurements (in inches):
Weight: 125 – Waist: 26.5 – Hips: 30 – Booty: 36 – Thigh: 22 – Calf: 14.5 – Upper arm: 11.5
Guys, I’m so excited to get this started and whip this little body back into shape. Who cares if summer is already here? There’s never a wrong time to get healthy and fit.
If you want to join me, sign up for the Goddess Body Challenge here!
Let’s do this!