Two Tickets To Paradise, Three Weeks To Get In Shape

image: flickr user Milton CJ

So, I’m heading to Jamaica for the first time—I leave precisely three weeks from today. Now, I recently got back into my gym groove and am a pretty healthy eater as it is. I can’t even recall the last time I ate fast food. Therefore I don’t really do “diets.” (Eek.) I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, and even if I did, three weeks isn’t enough time to expect to drop any more than 6 pounds or so. HOWEVER, I want to look as hot as possible in the wardrobe items fellow Beautyfix blogger Amy and I refer to fondly as my “resort collection.” I figure that if I bust my butt for the next 21 days, if nothing else, I will feel amazing. But knowing the way that my body works, I’m pretty sure this is enough time to tighten up. So anyway, here are the key elements of my bikini body plan. Maybe you have a bikini mission of your own and will find them useful!

1. Two-a-day workouts. Yep. Mind you, I have been pretty athletic my entire life and am quite aware of my body and what it can handle. (What I’m trying to say is that if you’re NOT or never have been an active person, you should talk to a doctor before embarking on any new fitness plan.) I’m trying to do a variety of different workouts to “shock” my muscles. Am I a fitness expert? Ha. No. But I HAVE done plenty of research on the topic and I think many experts would agree that when it comes to working out, change is good. My staple right now? Early morning cycling classes at my gym. Along with those, which are pretty much every morning, I’m running a couple days a week, lifting weights, doing ab work, hiking, and taking other classes, like Whipped! (If you’re an Equinox member … take this class. It’s brutal, but in a good way.)

2. Water consumption/ sodium reduction. For the sake of achieving a bikini body, sodium is bad because it makes me (and you, and everyone) retain water. Well, the best way to flush out excess sodium and keep water retention at bay is to drink more of it! Water, that is. Amy suggests having water drinking contests with myself, and I’ll be honest, I probably won’t do that. But I’m making it a point to consume 3 1.5 liter bottles per day. Water drinking is really just something I need to get better at, bikini body mission aside.

3. Food! I know I already mentioned I’m a fairly healthy eater. I don’t eat fast food, I do eat lots of fruits and vegetables and, save for fish I don’t eat meat. So I am not changing much in this regard. What I’m WON’T be doing for the next three weeks is eating carbs past lunchtime. Remember that whole Atkins craze in the 90s? Yeah, it’s not healthy. One shouldn’t try to subsist on steak and cheese to lose weight—how could anyone think that’s a good idea? But, Atkins was onto something in that too many carbohydrates do not a bikini body make. Since I’m working out so much, my morning oatmeal and sprouted sandwich bread at lunch are definitely okay. But come dinner time, it’s just veggies and fish from here on out.

Right now is vacation season for many of us. Do YOU have any upcoming getaways in the works? How are you going about getting your bikini body?



One Response to “Two Tickets To Paradise, Three Weeks To Get In Shape”

  1. Michelle Bohonik says:

    Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures Sarah! It was so difficult deciding which ones to use for grad stuff. You’re amazing!! <3

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