When I was getting ready for my wedding, I was probably in the best shape of my life (grade school obviously excluded). I wasn’t 100% what my goal “look” was, but my weight was perfect and I could tell I lost a good amount of body fat. Fast forward a few months later and…I’ve regressed a little. I’m not back to square one, but I’m not as fit or toned as I’d prefer to be.
After the wedding, there was a lot of hoopla with adjusting back to normal life and then the holidays came and by the time January/February rolled around, I was exhausted. I tried going to the gym–and succeeded–but couldn’t push myself to put in the type of work that would get me the results I wanted. So, I took a few weeks off, which actually helped (and I sort of recommend to people who are feeling low on energy–take a short breather, adjust what’s not working and let your body rest). But now that some of my energy has come back, it’s time to stay on track for summer time. And not only for that loverly bikini I bought for my honeymoon, but for the wedding I’m in in October AND the Laguna Beach visit we are planning to make this Christmas. Plus, let’s be real, I just feel better when I’m leaner and healthy.
That’s why I wanted to start this weekly little blog post. Sharing one tip, recipe or tool that would help you get into bikini body shape too. Of course, you can just follow my journey, but I also want you to share your #OBB (operation bikini body) journey too! Let me know what you’re struggling with or want to learn. Otherwise, this is an accountability post and hopefully a support system to anyone who needs it.
Okay, now that we are all caught up on what the eff I’m talking about with “operation bikini body,” let’s get down to business…
Fitness and food planners.
For a long time I used MyFitnessPal to track my workouts and food. I HIGHLY recommend that tool if you are an avid phone user and are looking to really get down to the nitty gritty on calorie intake. It’s by far the best app I’ve used and has a huge database of food (meaning, you could go to a Wendy’s and get a baked potato with sour cream and I guarantee that exact food item is in MyFitnessPal). It also syncs to various fitness trackers and even other active iPhone apps (like Runtastic).
However, it’s not the best meal planner. And if there’s one thing I am, it’s a planner. So much so that I’m made fun of for dragging around my daily planner. But I’m sorry, it’s from ABeautifulMess, it’s gorgeous and it helps me stay focused. Plus, I get a real sense of relief when I cross off items in my planner, you know what I mean?
Well, I started looking for a strictly fitness planner, to help me better plan out my meals and keep track of the different workouts I’m doing. I kept that info in my regular planner for awhile, but it got to take up too much space. After a bit of looking around, I found PlumPaperDesigns.
The planner isn’t made by a brand or a blogger (which I preferred, because I’m following Kayla Itsine’s guide + my own workouts). The planner cost $31 + shipping, which ended up being around $40 total. And…I love it so far.
It has tabs that open to a notes section for the start of each month. After that, there is a full monthly calendar spread over two pages, followed by the individual weeks.
In the individual week spreads, each day is broken down by morning, afternoon and evening, where you can plan your meals and even calculate calories if you want. Below that is a little section labeled “fitness,” where you can track the calories burned and the workout(s) you’re doing that day. To the left of the week breakdown is space for your fitness goals, weekly list (I assume food?) and more space for notes.
At the end of the planner, there is special dates section, contacts page, holidays page (that details holidays for the next 3 years), complete yearly calendar and a page that acts as a folder for any inspirational images you might want to store.
I highly recommend this, or something like this, for starting out. It helps you plan your meals and your workouts. Plus, writing things down allows you to move things around (if your workouts need to be switched), while staying accountable to the things you consume and the calories you burn during your workouts (if you are really taking it to that level).
Gah, I love organization!
Do you have any planner-like tools you swear by for getting fit? Please, please, do share!