I've been focusing on gaining muscle, while trying to decrease, or at least maintain, my percent body fat, and felt that participating in the bikini challenge would be a great way to push myself even more towards my goal.
I chose Tawna's 8-Weeks Bikini-Ready Body video trainer based on her experience as a bikini competitor and in the fitness industry in general. I knew she would have great advice to offer based on her own success.
I used Kaged Muscle’s BCAAs paired with Hydra-Charge during all of my workouts. I also used the Micropure Whey Protein Isolate powder to help support lean muscle gains and fat loss.
Since trying Kaged Muscle supplements, I have to say I'm loving the unflavored BCAAs mixed with Hydra-Charge. Combined, these products help prevent lean muscle breakdown during intense exercise and keep me hydrated while adding great flavor to my drink. Another favorite of mine is Clean Burn, which seems to help control my cravings while also helping to burn fat without any bothersome side effects, like those found in other stimulant-based products.
I liked that I was able to include variety in my meals day to day. This is what I generally ate, with one or two options to keep me interested in my food.
- 4-5 egg whites
- 3 slices Canadian bacon or 2 slices uncured smoked Applewood or turkey bacon
- BCAAs mixed with Hydra-Charge
- 1/2 apple OR 1 slice Ezekiel bread
- 1 tablespoon almond butter OR a small serving (handful) of whole almonds
- Micropure Whey Protein Isolate shake with mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk OR Protein bar with Greek yogurt with chia seeds mixed in
- Boneless skinless chicken breast, turkey, or fish (usually mahi-mahi or tuna)
- Riced cauliflower or mixed vegetables
- Side salad (mix of spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomato, and cucumbers) with balsamic vinaigrette
- 3-4 eggs whites with slices of lean deli-style turkey breast, OR High protein hot chocolate powder mixed with water
My daily goal every day is to have at least three meals of 30g or more protein with protein-based snacks in between meals. This helps control my appetite and cravings.
To make sure to incorporate rest days in my workout routine to allow my body to recover. Also, setting a goal each week like increasing the weight, even if only 5lbs, or in some cases (i.e. when doing pulls ups or chin ups) attempting to complete one more rep than I did the previous week. These little goals will continue to challenge your body and improve your physique.
The most challenging aspect of the 8 Weeks to a Bikini-Ready Body video trainer for me was staying on track with Tawna's workout programming. At times, I had to switch the workout days and rest days to fit my work and family schedule, but it all worked out at the end, it sometimes just required me to think ahead in the week to plan around events and responsibilities.
Set a realistic goal (you can always set a new goal after reaching your first one!), don't give up, be consistent with the exercises, be mindful of your diet, and trust that you'll reach your goal if you stay focused. Remember that changes in your body will not happen overnight, but if you continue to push forward, the results will be worth waiting for! Finally, ladies don't be afraid to eat a good amount of protein daily and lift heavy weights as it is essential for fat loss. You'll be amazed to see what your body can do!
I can't say I had only three songs as I enjoy listening to all types of music. But, some of the tracks I listened to often during my trainer workouts included Girls Like You by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B; Ring Ring by Jax Jones & Mabel; Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid; as well as Work B**ch by Britney Spears. She came in handy when I was feeling tired and needed some extra motivation to work harder and lift heavier at the gym, thanks Britney!
As a busy mother of two young children with a fulltime job, my tactic has always been to set goals and create a workout schedule around my job as well as my kids' school hours and extracurricular activities, then sticking to that schedule to be as consistent as possible. No matter how busy I get, or how tired I am, I have made exercise and my health a priority in my life to benefit me and my family as a whole. As far as diet, I try cooking quick and easy, healthy meals at home when I can. When I'm at a restaurant or a social gathering, I try to choose the healthiest options such as lean proteins with vegetables or salads as much as I can – always fill your plate with greens to feel fuller! I also keep a stock of protein supplements (protein powder and bars) and healthy snacks on hand, so that I can easily grab them any time of the day to help keep my appetite and cravings controlled. This prevents me from reaching for junk food or allowing myself to get too hungry because this is when making unhealthy choices is more appealing.