Well, one week down in the Tone It Up Bikini Series program.
Overall, the food prep is down right tiring. Initially, I was trying to follow the meal plan exactly as laid out. If the plan said protein pancakes, I made pancakes, if it said egg frittatas, I was making them. I won’t be doing that from now on. I am a creature of habit and sometimes I like variety but mostly, I like what I like. For instance, I am not a fan of eating slices of avocado. One morning the breakfast was two egg muffins (this is not their TIU name but what I have come to call them. I don’t plan to type out Springtime Egg Frittatas every time I mention them), sliced avocado, and a slice of dry Ezekiel bread. Instead, I smashed up the avocado, spread it on bread, topped it with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, chia seeds and one small over medium egg. Another example, I don’t like smoothies unless someone else is making them. I hate washing a blender and I love coffee so it becomes strange to me when I am drinking a breakfast smoothie and drinking a coffee (am I alone in this?). No breakfast smoothies for me.
Now that I understand all the food the program pushes, I am kind of doing my own thing with the ingredients while also trying out all the new recipes that I know I will enjoy. I eat 5 times a day, I eat the right portions, I am getting used to wrapping everything in a raw collard green and I am having vino withdraws so I think I am doing everything right. Despite that, the foods K&K push in this program do one very important thing. They give you energy, make you feel good and since committing to them, I feel better in just one week.
I have been healthy my whole life. My dad was a body builder and still is crazy when it comes to health and wellness. Ice cream, cookies, sugary cereal and all that good stuff was not food you would find in my home growing up. I know how to eat healthy and I often do because I have low energy and need nutrient rich food to get me through my day. If I went out to lunch and ate mashed potatoes and chicken fingers I would literally slump over asleep at my desk an hour later.
Lately though, I have been slacking. I eat good 80% of the time but give in 20% of the time to my boyfriend who eats stuffed french toast, an entire container of Oreos and popeyes fried chicken every time his heart desires, which is often. And of course, he has like 10% body fat, a rock hard bod and zero problem areas (why God, why?).
Sticking with this meal plan and way of eating is keeping me honest. I am motivated by the fact that Shana is doing it alongside me and helping me cook and try new recipes. My boyfriend is also on board, waiting until I fall asleep to eat all the chocolate mini doughnuts and cheering me on constantly.
As far as working out, my only complaint is that the workouts are often in the form of a video and it is just weird to watch a video through my cellphone while at the gym. I can’t hear anything or see really when I am standing up and I find it frustrating. This week, I plan to solve that problem by watching the videos the night before and writing the routine down. Another thing I personally have an issue with is feeling guilty that I only have 45 minutes in the morning instead of one hour. My goal for next week is to be at the gym at 5am instead of 5:15 so I can get the full hour before 6am. This means moving my wakeup time from 4:45am to 4:30am and my little yorkie Max, who hates waking up in the morning, is not going to be happy.
Just to wrap this post up I have to tell you all this surreal and embarrassing moment I had this week at the gym, so we can end on a laugh together, at my expense. Shana and I were doing the HIIT cardio video which includes jumping squats, burpees and all things hellish. At the end of the workout I was stretching and mid butterfly stretch I looked down and realized the entire crotch of my pants had ripped, and not recently, most likely at the beginning of my workout. I am assuming the material just blew out from the friction of my thighs rubbing while I was kicking some serious ass haha. What is really horrifying is that I don’t usually wear underwear when working out (TMI?) because it is just too many layers and there’s no point. So I am basically doing the butterfly stretch naked at this point, in a public gym. DEAD. Luckily, I don’t think anyone saw but that was a very interesting way to begin my Thursday.
On Saturday I went out and bought new, heavy duty, workout pants.
Check back in with me next week for my week two update!
3 thoughts on “Week One Recap: Tone It Up Bikini Series”
I love your honesty and humor! I am doing the Bikini Series as well, and can totally relate to you. I realized that after the first week, I am fine eating the same thing for lunch everyday or fixing something simple for breakfast versus pancakes or french toast. I do my workouts at home because I am too embarrassed to do them at the gym… some of those workouts knock me on my booty! Good luck, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Xoxo
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Hi Mary- I am so glad you found me! I have thought about doing the workouts at home to save myself some serious embarrassment but how do you get your cardio in? After I do one of the workouts, I usually hop on the treadmill for my run or the elliptical for 30 minutes. Maybe you workout later in the day when there is light and can go for a jog, I am at the gym at 5am and it is too dark out for a run. I am so with you on the simple eating! I literally love eating the same things all the time. I still haven’t mastered the panckaes though, tried them last weekend and felt like I was eating the skin of a football with some banana slices on top haha.
I usually do the 5 Daily Moves and video workouts in the morning, then run/jog/walk after work or after dinner. I work out at 5am too, so I know what you mean about it being too dark to run. If I decide that I do not want to do cardio, I will do a short and simple video workout in place of that so that I do not feel guilty. I run on the treadmill too, if for some reason I can’t make it outside. To be honest, I skip cardio sometimes because I believe that your muscles need to heal for a day after running. My mom is an avid runner – I am talking marathon runner – and she told me to always rest the day after running. I did not enjoy the pancakes, but that is because I am not a fan of pancakes to being with. I added frozen berries into the batter, though, which seemed to make them more moist. My fav thing for breakfast is a protein smoothie (I see that you are not a fan haha) or toast (have not been able to find Ezekiel bread yet, so I buy Healthfull Sunflower & Flax bread – https://www.oroweat.com/products/sliced-breads/health-fullreg/flax-and-sunflower (same nutrition content as Ezekiel and tastes like normal wheat bread) with Smart Balance flax oil spread
(tastes just like butter) and strawberry jam w/ turkey bacon. What I fix in the morning all depends on how tired I am! haha