5 simple steps
The time has come, and I know I’m a bit late to be preparing for a summer body but better late than never… right? There’s no ignoring it anymore – bikini season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’re not ready! Last summer I was completely happy in my body, however a year of student life has definitely taken its toll! It’s time to get beach ready … the lazy way. I’ve given myself 5 easy rules to follow in the hope of trimming back down a bit before I’m back on the beach 🙂
– Boho Beautiful – YouTube
I’m one of those people who really doesn’t do enough exercise at all. I know its bad but I’m not about to start setting unrealistic exercise targets for myself as I know I just wont do it. Starting gently, I’ve incorporated yoga back into my daily routine. I used to do loads of yoga and to be honest, I can’t think why I stopped. It’s such a great way to relax and reduce anxiety – not to mention great for core strength and toning. Depending on the type of practice, you can really work up a sweat and feel like you’ve done something great for your body. I use ‘Boho Beautiful’ or ‘Yoga With Adriene’ on YouTube for a cheap and flexible option – rather than paying for a class. I’d especially recommend Boho Beautiful – her workouts are really intense but most are only 10-15 minutes long, so easy to fit into your day with no excuses! I also go swimming or running occasionally (very occasionally), if I feel like it 🙂
Tip: Try using wrist and ankle weights to work yourself a little bit harder.
Mat – Orla Kiely
Being at University, my sleeping pattern is completely upside down. This means I can spend most of the night awake, only to fall asleep as the sun rises. This only adds to weight gain as I find I’m often hungry in the evening and at night. I’ve started trying to fall asleep and wake up earlier so that I can generally make my routine more healthy. That means no afternoon napping!
Tip: Listening to music or a podcast always helps me fall asleep quicker, watching a screen before bed will keep your brain stimulated and make it harder to sleep.
While at Uni, I was easily drinking 4 out of 7 nights a week. I’d definitely say this has not been kind to the waist! It’s time to ditch a few empty calories. I’m going dry for the next 2 months before flying out to Thailand. Dropping alcohol is a simple and easy way to reduce your caloric intake – plus you’ll save money!
Again, I’ve not been super strict with myself and my student diet has been pretty appalling over the last few months, so I’m hoping a few adjustments will be enough to see some results. I try to replace 1 meal a day with a large salad (usually lunch), and I’ve slowly transitioned myself back away from meat and cheese and towards a more plant based lifestyle (I was previously vegan). It took roughly a week to cut out all the animal products – cheese is my one weakness, but once I’m back into the routine of a vegan diet – it’s easy! Sometimes however, the more you try to restrict yourself, the less sustainable any changes to the diet are. So generally just try cutting out the junk and focusing on more wholesome plant foods – without denying the odd treat if you fancy it 🙂
Tip: Drink loads of water, especially first thing in the morning to kick start the metabolism, and remember to keep healthy foods interesting so you don’t get bored and give up. Remember that the more salt you eat, the more water your body holds onto. So, try reducing the amount of salt you eat to avoid excess water retention. This to me just means that I’ve stopped adding salt to the foods I cook.
-Vegan potato & chickpea curry
I take inspiration from blogs and recipie books such as ‘The Oh She Glows Cookbook’. It was a gift and I love it! If you’re getting bored trying to eat healthily, then try making something completely different to spice things up a bit. Eating healthily doesn’t mean food has to be boring – no one wants that. I took inspiration from this book to create the potato and chickpea curry (above).
5. Wheat & Gluten
Everyone knows that gluten is an issue. Most people have a slight reaction to it. I personally find that if I avoid bread and wheat pasta I don’t get bloated. I also find I have much more energy. I would NEVER cut out carbs completely as I just love them too much, but cutting down on bread does seem to help. Plus there are loads of alternatives. Cutting out gluten, as a general rule, also helps you to avoid eating cakes, biscuits, puddings etc… – unless they’re gluten free!
Tip: Gluten free pasta is a great option if you love your pasta but want to reduce the gluten in your diet. You just have to be careful when cooking it, to avoid ending up with a pile of mush. Try different brands to find one that suits you.
These are just a few gluten free options I found around the house. All major supermarkets have a Free From isle so be sure to check it out!
I like to give myself realistic and achievable goals so that they are more sustainable in the long run. For example my body goal is to just be back to how I was last summer. If I spend all day looking at Victoria Secret models on Instagram, it definitely does not motivate me – I find it completely discouraging and offputting. Instead I just scroll back through my pictures from last summer and see something that is 100% achievable for me personally. We all struggle with body positivity from time to time. As difficult as it is, don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re constantly seeing people like Tammy Hembrow and Emily Ratajkowski online. As gorgeous and perfect as they are, so are you!
Have a great summer 🙂