If you’ve been following our Bridal Boot Camp series, you know that I tried the Tone It Up Bikini Series in order to lose weight and fit into my wedding dress again after 10 years. (More about that HERE.)
Here’s what I’ve learned about myself and my fitness along my journey.
Losing weight starts in the kitchen. Seriously. It’s all what you eat. I know that it sucks to hear that, because I love food, but I can honestly say that I lost over 30 pounds by just eating healthier. (I wasn’t great about following the workouts, but more on that later.) When you sign up for the bikini series, you get an email with a few healthy recipes, but I found most of my recipes on Pinterest. 🙂
LEAN, CLEAN and GREEN
Foods that you should expect to eat during the Bikini Series are all supposed to be lean, clean and green. No additives, no junk food and very little fat. Some of my favorite recipes are:
COCONUT KALE BEAUTY SMOOTHIE for a quick and easy breakfast!
CHICKPEA SALAD SANDWICH is a delicious salad that I make at the beginning of every week and eat for lunch when I don’t have leftovers from dinner. (I mush the chickpeas a little more so that it’s more the texture of tuna salad.)
My favorite snacks are hard boiled eggs, protein bars, almonds with Craisins and even apples with natural peanut butter.
Tone It Up has a nutrition plan you can buy, but I didn’t use it. I found that I could find plenty of healthy recipes on my own. My recommendation is to skip the meal plan. It’s pricey and although I’m sure it’s helpful, I did just fine without it.
The workouts were AMAZING. Everyday there is a 10 to 15 minute workout to do. It’s quick and targeted so that each day you workout one muscle group. I looked forward to the daily workouts and enjoyed several of them.
Some of my favorite workouts were:
Overall, I enjoyed the Bikini Series. I love the online community on Instagram and felt both encouraged and inspired by the entire Tone It Up team. Checking in on Instagram helped hold me accountable and I think that I’ll continue to use my Instagram account for that purpose.
The food I ate, while not technically part of the “Tone It Up Nutrition Plan,” followed the same guidelines as the plan (lean, clean, green) and I never felt hungry or deprived. I drank alcohol, ate chocolate and pizza, and even had a piece of birthday cake. After eating clean for so long, I didn’t crave those bad foods and actually felt a little sick when I did indulge. I will definitely continue to eat this way, although I will probably start to eat larger portions when I reach my goal weight. (Still have 3 more pounds to go!) I don’t feel that buying the nutrition plan was necessary.
I plan on using the workouts in the future. Probably not everyday, but I like that I can find a quick workout when I need one. I learned that I REALLY enjoy Pilates and so I plan to continue Pilates classes while working in some chosen Tone It Up workouts here and there.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? YES.
At the start of this journey, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to get started. As the program went on and the stress of life began to creep in, I would skip workouts and found it was hard to get started again. I hit plateaus, I gained a little and then would lose it again, I felt sore from the workouts and tired from all of the running I was doing. (I learned that I am NOT a runner.) But I kept going. If I messed up, I started again. I just picked up wherever I left off.
If you’re thinking about starting a new workout plan, I would HIGHLY recommend at least googling Tone It Up and trying some of their workouts. (There are a TON of free ones on YouTube.) I wouldn’t purchase the nutrition plan. I found a lot of information about the plan for free on the internet and I just ate mostly organic, clean foods.
After doing the Bikini Series (even with all of the cheat days and skipped workouts) I feel stronger, healthier and more confident. I’m ready for our ten year anniversary pictures, and I’m proud to say… THE DRESS FITS!!!