Last year, I committed to doing the Tone It Up bikini challenge after I bought the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. It was what got me excited about clean eating and working out every day. Today is the first day of the bigger and better 2016 challenge. Karena and Katrina and the rest of the Tone It Up team make it easy to participate and see results. (Yes! That is really me) Here are some ways to make this year’s Tone it Up Bikini Challenge work for you.
Plan, plan, plan
This will look very different for each person. I am such a planner, I plan time to plan. Each week, I schedule a day to plan out my meals, workouts, grocery list, and meal prep list for the next week. Most of the time I grocery shop and meal prep on Sundays, but sometimes I have to schedule it for another day. Typically, I sit down for 20-30 minutes and plan out the next week. First, I block out any meals that I know I will be eating out (there are several this week due to birthday celebrations). Then, I use the Tone It Up bikini program nutrition plan to fill in the rest of days. I try to stick with the plan 100%, but sometimes I make substitutions for snacks or meals for convenience.
Each meal I write down, I jot a list of the ingredients I don’t have and will need to purchase. The nutrition plan comes with the meals and grocery lists each week, but it is easier for me to write down what I need since I am feeding Colton and myself.
Once my meals are planned out, I write out my workouts for the week. Confession: I have not been great with my morning workouts the last few weeks, so I am committing to getting in these “TIU bootycalls” for this challenge. Again, I follow their plan and make tweaks as needed (since I like to take classes at The Barre Code or for TIU meetups).
Clean out your kitchen
Get rid of all processed junk foods and foods that are not good for you. Usually we don’t keep a lot of that around the house. However, it begins to accumulate, so I throw it out (or send it with Colton to work). Also, cleaning out your kitchen makes it much easier to locate the ingredients you will need for your meals throughout the week. Challenges are the best time for me to take inventory of what I have and what I need.
Restock your kitchen with healthy snacks and plenty of fruits and vegetables. My fridge becomes a sea of green at the start of any challenge. When you feel hungry, grab an apple or carrots! I pre pack snacks during my weekly meal prep so that it is easy to grab and go.
If you don’t already have a large water container, get one. I carry my Yeti around with me every day at work and around the house. Make sure you fill it up and drink at least half of your body weight in water. It will keep you from unnecessary snacking and make your skin glow.
Before photos and measurements
Do them. You don’t have to post them anywhere, but it is so nice to see how far you come in just 8 weeks. I like to keep mine and do a 4 week progress comparison to get me even more hyped up for the last 4 weeks. Sometimes it is hard to notice small (and big!) changes in ourselves. However, with side by side photos, you will be amazed at your progress!
If you haven’t already, create a TIU or fitness specific Instagram. That way you aren’t annoying all of your friends on your personal list and you can engage with other TIU girls around the globe. My TIU instagram (tiu_redheadjess) was how I stayed motivated during the last bikini challenge. We have lots of meetups, #TIUDallas girls…. so keep an eye out.
Write out goals
Make your goals measurable and attainable.
My goals for the 2016 Tone It Up bikini challenge are:
- Restart my healthy eating habits by making dinners at least 5 nights a week
- Encourage others daily on social media throughout the process
- Reach at least 10k steps every day
- Complete mini ab/arm bursts every day during the challenge (in addition to daily workouts)
- Tone up all over
Let’s do the Tone it Up Bikini Challenge together, girls! Write out your goals, plan, eat lean clean and green, and workout with me for the next 8 weeks!
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