Another Monday is here, thanks for stopping by! Since I’ve been sick for almost the entirety of cutting (slimming/ bikini preparation) season, I’m gonna do… you guessed it… a last-minute bikini body blast out bonanza. So to speak. I’ve got some catching up to do! So, in today’s post, I’ll be explaining my plan to get a more perfected physique in two weeks. (Fourth of July, anyone?)
I’ve slimmed out since going vegan at the beginning of 2017, but getting sick from February-May had a serious toll on my tone. My definition kind of went out the window. Can we get from 24.5″ to 23″ before the Fourth of July…? Maybe not… BUT I’m gonna try! And I’ll report back with another progress shot! That all being said, let’s talk about the plan.
The first and most important thing is DIET! Yes, you hate it, I hate it, we all hate it but it’s true: diet is 70% and exercise is 30%. I’m sure you hear this often, and look up miracle workouts anyway (we all have). But miracle workouts are a myth. You just have to put in the effort. That being said, miracle diets are real! Hear me out. If you aren’t vegan already, go vegan for two weeks and your results will be astonishing. Just a regular vegan diet: cooked veggies, bread, soups, pasta, nuts, fresh fruits, so on and so forth. The key is, eat the same macros you were getting before, not anything worse. Same amount of snacks, same amount of carbs, same amount of fats. Even with all that, I promise you will get leaner results. Promise! I could write countless posts about this!
Okay, so… let’s say you’re already vegan, like me. Playing catch up? Here’s what my diet is going to look like for the next two weeks: no sweets, no drinks besides water (except my morning coffee). No bread, and potatoes only within dishes, not as a side. What does that mean? Greens, fats, and proteins. At every meal. My pre-cut diet was something like this:
- Breakfast: Coffee and avocado toast
- Trail mix
- Lunch: Curry tofu with jasmine rice
- Veggie chips
- Dinner: Steamed Normandy veggies and mashed potatoes
- Spoonful of peanut butter/ more nuts/ something sweet etc
That’s not unhealthy by any means… but an attempt to make your abs actually show is a serious one. So it’ll look something like this now:
- Breakfast: Coffee, a banana/apple/orange, healthy portion of mixed nuts
- Small snack
- Lunch: Large salad with avocado, cucumber, tomato, and olives with balsamic vinaigrette; a side cup of broccoli soup (with Daiya cheddar style shreds, a personal favorite)
- More fruit (another banana, etc)
- Dinner: Tofu scramble with spinach and mushroom (and maybe vegan cheese)
- Small snack
Different, but honestly not too difficult! Eat your vegetables, kids. But also… DRINK YOUR WATER!! Not to sound like your mother… but hydration is absolutely key to any kind of health goal. You need water to effectively process food, you need water to burn calories, you need it to build muscle, you need it for everything. Drink it! At least eight glasses a day!
Secondly, consistent exercise is the best way to kick-start your results to super speed. But, for me, this isn’t going to be the focus of the program. Fast results with doable difficulty require diet AND exercise changes. There are other two week programs you can try that revolve around strenuous workouts, but this is not that blog post.
My regime is going to be low-impact. Here is what I’ll be doing, by day:
- Monday: That’s today! Rest day.
- Tuesday: Leg day! Abs on the side.
- Wednesday: Low impact cardio.
- Thursday: Arm day! Abs on the side again.
- Friday: Low impact cardio.
- Saturday: Leg day #2! You guessed it, abs on the side.
- Sunday: Low impact cardio.
Leg day activities include leg extensions, leg curls, lunges, donkey kicks, and calf raises. So many calf raises. Three to five sets of each. Ab work is kept pretty simple for me– crunches, bicycle kicks, and lying leg kicks. I do a ridiculous amount of each… I’m talking 30 reps, 3-4 sets. Kill those abs!!! It’s fun! Right? (Maybe?) Arm day: supersets. Overhead backwards tricep pull-downs, curls with dumbbells, front raises for shoulders. Ten of each, all in a row without stopping for three sets. Rinse and repeat! You’ll be breathing hard and done!
So… meet me in two weeks and I’ll show you where I’ve got. If I keep up with it for a month, some serious results will show!
Beginning the grind,