In today’s world, women are constantly being told that we’re not skinny enough, tan enough, pretty enough, etc. I really try to not make this blog all about losing weight and looking good in a bikini. I don’t want you guys to get the impression that your weight is all you’re worth. NO!
For me, toning up (losing fat and gaining muscle) is all about pushing myself physically and mentally to another level. I love the challenge and I love that it is all about YOU taking control and making things happen. The results drive me. If any of you are looking for motivation, I say, don’t go looking for it, CREATE IT. My persistence and hard work come from seeing results, and you can’t see results if you don’t start. So get off your butts and do even 10 min of something, anything! Even if you don’t want to. In the process, you’ll begin to start loving the sweat and the soreness. Because you know why? It’s worth it.
Whether you work out to look good in a swimsuit or you work out to build self-confidence, we here all share a love for having fun while getting healthy. I’m all for getting high on life. Major endorphin rush after an amazing workout and big time smile/satisfaction after eating natural, fresh, and home cooked meals. The whole healthy living lifestyle is how I believe we can all get fit without feeling like you’re on a diet. Bleh!!! Torture.
Anyway! So the reason why I want to continue toning up is to find out where my limits are. I am also excited about getting stronger…increasing weights and holding poses longer. It’s not going to be an easy process, but I welcome the challenge. How much do I plan on losing you ask? The number is negligible but I do have a picture in my head of how I want to look in a sports bra and booty shorts. Haha, sorry for sounding so vain, but I believe in the power of visualizing your achievements ;P
So anyway, here are my top foods for leaning out that I will be including in the Blogilates meal plan. (And umm yes, I will email this out once I finish writing it! Sorry been traveling a lot!)
- egg whites
- zero calorie miracle noodles
- any greens (spinach, broccoli, kale, green beans, seaweed etc.)
- cottage cheese, non fat or low fat
- non fat plain greek yogort
- vanilla whey protein powder
- fruits (bananas, berries, cantaloupe, honeydew etc.)
- raw or roasted unsalted almonds
- sweet potatoes
- almond milk
When I was eating meat, chicken breasts and canned tuna in water were staple protein sources for my diet.
And here are some of my top workouts for blasting fat:
- HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts to keep your heart rate up and your body challenged at all times
- Weight lifting
- Dancing! Especially ballroom or latin. Plus you do it in heels, so even better for your legs and your posture!
You can workout 2x a day (cardio in morning and weight lifting in evening) if you’re on a tight schedule with an event coming up. But once a day 4-6 times a week is plenty. Remember to eat 5-6x a day to keep your body’s metabolism rate up. Although I did say in an old post that you will NOT go into starvation mode if you don’t eat for a few hours. Drink tons of water. Give your workouts 110%. I’d rather see you exercise hardcore for 45 min than fool around for 2 hours. And remember that diet is 80% of the journey.
Good luck! What are some of your fave fat blasting foods and slimming workouts?