Ugh. As much as we don’t want to think about it quite yet — bikini season is rapidly approaching. Face it ladies, we won’t be able to hide behind our baggy sweaters for much longer, so it’s important to do our best to get our Mom Sexy on now so we’re prepared when summer rolls around. Not sure where to start? My Mom Sexy Fridays guest poster for this week, Lisa from Whole Health Designs, can help!
Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach for busy, active women and their families. Areas of expertise include weight loss, stress management, detox programs, and special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Services include private consulting and group seminars. Lisa is also developing her own line of raw juices.
Time to get Mom Sexy!
3 Simple Steps to Your Bikini Ready Body
Wait, it’s only February! What is this chick talking about? The celebrities haven’t even busted out their suits yet.
I know, I know. You are thinking bikini season is months away, and starting to prepare for a Mom Sexy summer, well, it’s just too early.
But IS it?
January flew by, and even if you had good intentions, wrote those resolutions, or at least set a goal or two, time is going by fast. Before you know it, you will be in that dressing room trying on bathing suits wishing you would have started that boot camp a month ago.
Plus the holiday celebrations are never ending. Did you notice the Valentine candy aisles at the grocery store? Soon Easter marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs will show up. Waiting for just the “right” time might never happen so why not get a head start and put a few healthy habits in place now.
Since you don’t have a team of personal trainers/dieticians/beauticians/stylists like Kate Hudson or Courtney Cox, you can totally get it together yourself. And starting now, well, you will be looking bikini ready without the last minute stress.
Here are the 3 simple steps for a Mom Sexy summer head start:
1. Drink up (water that is)
Mild dehydration can be interpreted for hunger, and this my love, can slow down metabolism, increase cravings, and can lead to eating foods that pack on the pounds.
So here’s what you can do:
*drink a glass of water immediately upon waking
*drink half your body weight in ounces. So let’s say someone is 100 pounds (not sure who that is, but let’s just say), therefore, she needs to drink 50 ounces of water a day
*carry a full water bottle with you at all times. I bought a pretty pink one so I can tote it around to Bikram and the gym.
2. Eat whole foods (especially the green stuff)
You know the drill: lots of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, beans, and complex carbs like brown rice and quinoa. The best way to make sure you are eating as healthy as possible is to follow this guide:
*Try to eat foods that don’t come in a box or bag (foods without barcodes).
*If buying packaged foods, stay away from that dreaded high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and dyes, and transfats. These all end up as empty calories.
*Pump those greens. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale (which was named the sexiest veggie in 2011 by VegNews), collards can give you a boost of energy, provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, and greens have lots of chlorophyll that feed our blood and fight against free radicals. That is reason enough to eat your greens. Looking younger is always a plus!
One of the easiest ways to get the green goodness into your body is through a smoothie. Try my favorite:
Banana Kale Smoothie
1 bunch of kale (about 3-4 pieces; you can rip off the leaves and throw stems away)
1 banana, sliced (can be frozen)
3 ice cubes and ¼ cup water
1 cup almond milk
Blend together and drink up.
3. Move that body
I know, booooring, right? But when you find that perfect activity, you will actually start looking forward to it. The biggest key is to work out 5-6 days a week at least for an hour. This might sound a bit much, but to either lose weight or any belly fat, you have to work that body on a consistent basis to get results. Switching up with cardio and weights is a good start.
Not your thing?
How about checking out…
Many ladies have gone seriously nuts about spinning. Usually you can burn tons of calories during class, and if you love music, you can tune out and enjoy the ride. It might not even feel like exercising especially with your favorite tunes pumping.
If you want to tone up, barre classes are ideal for getting flat abs, sculpted arms and lean legs. Check out this link to see if you can join a class in your town or you can choose to just pop in a dvd at home.
Soon enough, pools, the beach, your neighbor’s Slip and Slide will be calling your name. By incorporating these three steps now, you’ll be on your way to a Mom Sexy Summer!
What step will you take in order to get ready for bikini season?
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