Bikini Series – Day Two
In an attempt to help keep myself accountable, I’m going to start posting daily recaps once in a while of what a day in the life on the Tone It Up plan is like. I certainly do not follow this perfectly all the time, but at least for the next eight weeks of the Bikini Series I am going to try really hard to follow it during the week and let go a little more on the weekends.
When I woke up yesterday morning, I read in bed for a little while and then made my version of a “Meta-d” drink on the plan – mine has 8 oz water, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, a bunch of lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. I drank it while doing a short workout (I try to be active for at least 10 – 15 minutes each morning before work) that consisted of 5 full-body strength movements and 3 rounds of the following:
Lateral box jumps, 15x (I used a bosu ball instead)
Box step ups, 15x/side (I used a bosu ball instead)
Pistol squats w/ a dumbbell held out front, 15x/side
Russian twists, 15x/side
Squat to press, 15x
After that I quickly got ready for work and headed out. On Sunday I had already prepped my Meals 1 -4 (each day consists of 5 small meals), so it was super easy to just grab everything that was already ready in the refrigerator.
M1: Around 9:15am I started to get hungry so I warmed up my “piña colada” overnight oats. They consisted of oats, chia seeds, almond milk, honey, protein powder, and pineapple. I also put some more fresh pineapple and toasted coconut flakes on top.
A friend of mine and her daughter came to visit me at work later in the morning and brought me my favorite unsweetened latte with an extra shot of espresso which was super nice of them. We visited for a while, so I had my M2 later than I typically would around 12:15pm (usually would be around 10:30am). It was leftover chia seed pudding – almond milk, coconut milk, chia seeds, and pure maple syrup topped with strawberries and cacao nibs. Looks gross, but it’s actually really good. And I thought it was significantly better on the second day than it was on the first.
Meal 3 might be one of my new favorite recipes. I am notoriously bad at following recipes (it drives Chris insane), but I just usually have little picky tendencies that I use to edit most recipes with. I am proud to say that I followed the next recipe for Guacamole Quinoa Salad perfectly, except I didn’t add cilantro, because I really hate cilantro:
In it is:
Quinoa (I make it in chicken broth instead of water)
It’s so simple. You just throw everything in a bowl and mix it all up. In my opinion, it’s just like a burrito bowl, but really healthy.
Later in the afternoon I had my meal 4, which was a plum and some Evolution green juice. At the grocery store over the weekend they had a ton of green juices on sale, and I think we bought an embarrassing amount of them – like 10? Therefore, Chris and I are having green juice just about every day this week. I’m not mad about it at all, because it truly does give me a bunch of energy and makes me feel great.
After work I went to the gym for a barre class with my mom. It was an hour long and super fun. It really does work all those little muscles that are sometimes hard to reach and heavily focuses on flexibility, core, balance, and lengthening muscles.
When I got home, dinner was super simple due to chopping all the veggies and cooking the chicken the day prior. Meal 5 was the “Tahini Tray Dinner:” sweet potato, broccoli, chickpeas, and garlic tossed with tahini, olive oil, cumin, and salt. Once it’s baked, top with roasted red pepper flakes, parsley, and lemon. We also had some chicken on the side for a little additional protein. I also put lemon kombucha mixed with lemon sparkling water in a wine glass to make me feel like I was having a cocktail.
I have to say, I actually truly enjoyed all of the meals on this day. Did I want hot cheetos and real wine? Absolutely. But was I full all day and did I feel good? Yes, definitely. It’s really amazing to me the difference I notice in how my body feels after just two days of really healthy eating and no drinking. Hard to remember when I am out to dinner eating delicious appetizers and trying a bunch of new cocktails, but it really is mind-blowing to me every time I step up my nutrition a bit how much better I start to feel, how much deeper I sleep, how much more energy I have, and what a great mood I am in.
Something else cool that happened yesterday is that I got my first shipment from ThredUp!
I’ve read about it all over the internet lately and finally decided to cave and order some pieces of clothing. I was a little bit wary of an online consignment shop, so I went with brands I knew and with only items that still had the tags on. I got two summery dresses and a while cropped tank top. They fit great and are amazing quality – truly like I just went and bought them from the store. And the packaging is super cute:
I will definitely be making future purchases from ThredUp. I am probably the worst girl in the world and despise shopping – I get too frustrated and overwhelmed. So online is the way to go for me. And designer brands that I love at like, 25% of the normal price? Yes please. Now I just need to start donating some of my older clothes that I don’t wear to make room for my new things.
Have you ever done a clean eating detox kind of thing? Ever used ThredUp? Thoughts on either?