Along with getting organized, getting healthy and fit probably tops most of our lists in terms of things we’d like to accomplish or make improvements to in the new year. This year, I competed in my second bikini contest and, although I also blog about home and fashion, my fitness posts were the most popular. That really surprised me- I didn’t realize how often those posts had been read until I looked back at the end of the year. Chronicling my fitness journey here helped keep me accountable and, hopefully, also showed you what kind of results are achievable in just 12 weeks with a specific meal and exercise plan.
I started my fitness journey in April and competed in July. You can read my weekly progress posts below and the pictures correspond to how many weeks out I was from my contest. I felt felt like the results really started to show after about six weeks, so if you’re starting something new, stick with it! Consistency pays off! You may not notice the difference right away, but over time (and not that long!), you WILL see, and better yet, FEEL the changes!
The Meal Plan I followed consisted of a combo of lean protein, carbs, and veggies on repeat day in and out for 12 weeks. Although I ‘messed up’ and had several cheats along the way when I wasn’t supposed to, I still saw great results and I know I wouldn’t have stuck to the diet nearly as well if I wouldn’t have committed to that contest date.
I pre-prepped most of my meals to save time (see How to Perfectly Cook Chicken here) and it really helped that my husband ate this way the majority of the time also so I didn’t have to do double cooking.It also helps to have good workout clothes when you’re spending so much time in them. And a good workout bra and shoes are a must! You don’t need to run out and buy a whole new exercise wardrobe, in fact, if you invest in just a few key pieces, they will last a long time if you take care of them and wash according to directions.
Below are some of my favorite exercise clothes and shoes. Click the arrow on the right to see them all and then click the picture to go to the site.
If you are plus size and have trouble finding quality workout clothes, look at Zella’s plus-size line. Good options!
BABY ON THE WAY!
I found out just a few days before the competition that I was 5 weeks pregnant! I went ahead and competed, but was still in a state of shock and overjoyed with excitement. We are beyond thrilled with the news!
20 Week Baby Bump Update | dress | necklace | watch
Can you tell I’m just loving being pregnant?! I was so uncomfortable and huge with my first and didn’t workout at all, so I knew if ever given the opportunity again, I’d try my hardest to do it differently. I really want to enjoy this pregnancy!
I’ve continued working out (with my doctor’s approval) and eating relatively healthy this entire pregnancy and I can tell you I’m so glad I have. It’s made a world of difference in how I feel. I’ve welcomed the changes to my body this time and I know I’ll be able to get back to pre-pregnancy shape in due time after the baby comes.I plan to do another bump update in about a month or so – things are starting to get uncomfortable around here and I do feel the aches and pains of gaining 28 pounds so far. Not to mention all the bathroom breaks, heartburn, and getting winded so easily. I realize I don’t have the stamina I’m used to!