Anyone else still recovering from last week’s Instagram crash?? Honestly, when Instagram is down, I find myself drawn to Facebook to pass the time. But Instagram AND Facebook!? Removing social media made me realize how much idle time I spend scrolling. Ooft – I will definitely be dusting off my library card.
So, if you’ve been following along for any amount of time now, you’ll know that Mike and I got married last year, and I went on a MAJOR health kick to prepare. At the top of January 2018, I was the heaviest I’d EVER been (I’m not going to give specific numbers here because I believe that ‘heavy’ is relative). I’m not quite sure what happened, but I’m guessing it had something to do with my intense affection for Trader Joe’s white cheddar cheese.
So, in January, to prepare for the June wedding, I implemented my #BrideBod2018 plan. Listen: I still lived my life. I still ate chocolate. I still had a piece of toast in the morning. But I made a bunch of lifestyle changes that helped me to lose 15 pounds in six months, and I’m so excited to partner with Harper and Sky athletic wear to share my tips with you today!
Okay, at first, I downloaded and paid for a SWEAT APP (BBG) subscription. I know a ton of people have had success with the app. For someone who was getting no prior physical activity, it was way too intense. Mike would watch me hopping and lunging and planking around our apartment, and he would warn me that the high intensity workouts were going to take a toll. (Mike is a huge workout buff who loves all things anatomy, so I should have trusted him). Then my knees began to ache one day. I knew that if I kept up that pace, my #BrideBod2018 dreams were going to evaporate very quickly.
However, I liked the template for BBG, so I used it and make it my own. I developed the below schedule, and it worked SO well for me! DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a physical trainer, nor to I claim to know much about the body. I’m sharing what I did that worked.
35 minutes of cardio. I typically did the elliptical, which is easy on the knees. Alternatively, I would do 35 minutes on the treadmill, alternating walking and running for two minute intervals.
Five minute on the elliptical, followed by arm training. I love this guide from Bodybuilding.com.
Cardio – same as day one.
Five minutes on the elliptical, followed by leg training. I love this guide from Bodybuilding.com
Cardio – same as day one.
Five minutes on the elliptical, followed by back or chest training. I love this guide from Bodybuildilng.com
Rest and stretch.
When it came to food, I tried to find creative ways to cut carbs – mainly breads. I tried my best to stick to proteins, veggies, and fruit. I also allowed myself one piece of chocolate a day (or other small treat) because there was NO WAY I’d survive without sugar. Below is a sample meal plan:
Nonfat greek yogurt with chia seeds, berries, a bit of honey, and just a DASH of your fav cereal/granola for crunch
Avocado toast with poached eggs (one slice of toasted whole grain bread, one medium avocado, mashed, two poached eggs, top with salt, olive oil, and chili flakes!)
Baked salmon in the oven (you can dress with BBQ sauce or lemon juice and olive oil), broiled asparagus, and a baked sweet potato
As you can see, I’m sure there are a ton of dieting “no-no’s” (sugar in the BBQ sauce, granola, toast). But I wanted to develop a lifestyle that I could carry with me AFTER the “I do’s” were done. I wasn’t looking to crash diet (honestly, only using one half of a hamburger bun is MORE than enough of a diet in my book).
So there you have it – it’s not a flawless plan, but I think it’s a realistic plan for anyone who doesn’t live on kale and Zumba. And honestly, how cute are these leggings from Harper and Sky? If you’re going to break a sweat, might as well look cute doing it! Tee is The Kind Coalition (and 50% of the profits are donated to anti-bullying organizations!). What’s your go-to workout? Share in the comments!