Most everyone wants that sleek, toned look at the beach.
To look good, according to most, you must be fit, toned, and tanned.
Beach body goals
1. Soul food! Do you really want it, and why?
2. What’s your plan?
3. Stress and Science
8. Take Action
You will find the first two points in this article, another article will be entirely dedicated to the section food and the last four points will be gathered in a third article. Follow through the articles to achieve a bikini body in 12 weeks.
Soul Food! Do you really want it, and why?
I would suggest you take a moment to think about why you want to get in shape. Is it for you? Is it a goal for a lifetime? Is it for someone else? Is it for your health or self-esteem?
Whatever, the goal, you must first have the desire to do whatever it takes to achieve it. I would suggest making a daily goal sheet to keep you accountable. I would also suggest you get someone else that you trust, to keep you accountable.
Getting in shape for the beach begins with your “thoughts”. As with any goal, you must plan, goal set, stay focused, and make it a priority. If you want it badly enough, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. So, how badly do you want it?
Let’s get started with the plan!
Plan your food for the week. Get a notebook or calendar, and begin by planning out the first week
Take at least 45 minutes for each meal. Plan the food, day, and time for each meal. It is best to prep for meals the night before. This includes chopping, soaking seeds, sautéing, etc.
Plan your shopping list. Make a list of the whole foods that you like. Whole foods are the rule for this 12 week plan.
1. Grass fed beef, Free range chicken, Wild caught fish (no tilapia), Free range eggs.
2. Vegetables of choice (no corn)
3. Raw walnuts, cashews, pecans, raw nut butters.
4. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, hemp oil.
5. Onions, garlic, avocado, olives, sea salt, white pepper.
6. Sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, brown rice pasta.
7. Spring water, coconut milk, coconut water, hemp milk. (avoid milk , soda, & diet soda)
8. Spices of choice.
Plan your time for exercise. I suggest exercising in the morning.
When you exercise first thing in the morning, your metabolism is revved up and you are more likely to engage in exercise when you are more alert, vs. in the evening when you just want to relax after a hard day’s work.
Plan your time for relaxation. I suggest morning hours before the kids are up or anyone else is up.
Relaxation is a time for you; a time for you to reflect and plan your day. However, 15-30 minutes before bed works just as well.
Many people want to lose weight to get healthy, but I suggest that a person get healthy to lose weight. A healthy body makes it much easier to lose weight.
Healthy is a broad term, so I will explain further. The body is designed to maintain homeostasis. Therefore, if the body is struggling with blood pressure issues, blood sugar issues, inflammation, high stress, etc. the body’s predominating goal is to use energy to keep you alive, not to get rid of fat.
If you are carrying extra weight, your body is already under stress, which is automatically going to produce cortisol.
Cortisol is produced during any stressful situation, and the body detects excess fat as a stressor.
Look out for Part 2 of this article where I’ll talk you through the rest of the list to reach your beach body goals!
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