Bikini Comp Meal Plan and Workout Split

Whether you’re planning on strutting your stuff in a glittery suit on-stage, walking the beach with your loved one, or simply sliding into your fave Summer shorts with no hassle, this meal plan and workout split will cover the bases! Remember that your food is your #1 source of fuel and calories give you energy! You can’t starve your way to a sleek physique people. Eat the proper foods at the proper time and you will see results! Tighter, clearer skin and leaner, stronger muscles take a little time, but can totally be obtained through a little practice, patience and what I like to call gusto! If you’re in comp season, this is your gig for the next 8-12 weeks. If you just want to feel and look better, treat your food and workouts like a job, Monday though Friday keep it tight and leave a little room for treats in the weekend….just don’t get crazy :) Gentlemen, you can make this plan your own by adding to the portion sizes so you get enough calories to fuel the muscle your growing! So grab a partner and let’s go!

Bikini Comp Meal Plan:

Upon waking: 6 ounces hot water with the juice of 1/2-1 whole lemon. 16 oz pure water.

Breakfast: 1/3 cup dry oats (quick cooking), 6 egg whites, 1 scoop Vanilla whey protein (I love BSN Lean Dessert). Mix it all together for some Bikini Comp pancakes, top with berries and enjoy a cup of coffee, skip the cream and sugar.

Mid-Morning: Juice 5 carrots, 1 small green apple and a 2 inch piece of ginger. Drink cold and have a handful of almonds.

Lunch: 2 cups mixed greens, 5 ounces salmon (either grilled or from the can), cherry tomatoes, cucumber, peppers all drizzled with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. Serve with 1/2 baked sweet potato, spiced up with salt-free spices (like Ms. Dash)

Afternoon Snack: the ultimate beauty smoothie :) In a powerful blender combine 6 ounces water, 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 handful spinach, 2 celery stalks, 1 kiwi, 1 small green apple, juice of 1 lemon and 1/4 (OK, I usually do 1/2) avocado. Optional: add 1 tablespoon chai seed and ice to taste, stevia if you like it sweet!

Dinner: Slim soup. This gives you muscle repairing protein and more veggies to help combat bloat. Find the recipe HERE.

Bedtime Snack: 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with about 20 crushed walnuts. Option 2: 1 scoop whey protein in water. Finish it off with some herbal tea and rest well!

Bikini Comp Workout Plan:

I adhere to a 6 day regimen, with Sundays being my active rest days.

Monday Wake up: 15-20 minute HIIT

Monday Weights: Glutes and Legs, particularly hamstrings

Tuesday Wake Up: 15-20 minute HIIT

Tuesday Weights: Biceps, Back and Boxing drills

Wednesday Wake Up: 3040 minutes yoga

Wednesday Weights: Heavy Shoulders and Abs

Thursday Wake Up: 15-20 minutes HIIT

Thursday Weights: 2nd Glutes day with a focus on light weights/heavy reps and plyo

Friday Wake Up: 15-20 minutes HIIT

Friday Weights: MMA Strength Conditioning

Saturday Wake Up: YOGA

Saturday Weights: for this workout I’ll either do 100′s (which I do about every 4 weeks) or a track workout

Sunday: YOGA

Now, it’s a great week if I get ALL of this in. Some days I may wake up super sore, or have had a bad night’s sleep. On those day I may opt for yoga or barre. I simply try to never STOP moving, even if my schedule or circumstances change. If competing isn’t on your radar, try a 3 day split with weight work M/W/F and some cardio of choice T/Th. You’ll see results and feel better in no time.

Just remember to always honor your body and that the MOST results are found in the kitchen! So stay clean to get lean and as always, have a healthy day!

Michelle

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Nutrition News: Why You NEED Carbs

Welcome to your nutrition station :)

I hope you’ve fueled up with a good breakfast and are ready to go this Hump Day! As we forge ahead in our nutrition series, I think it’s important to address a BIG area of concern: CARBS

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As my beautiful nutrition mentor and eat clean queen suggests, we all NEED carbs since they play such a huge role in fat burning and muscle building…..we just need to be selective about the source of our carbs.

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Clean carbs extend far beyond the general notion of breads and pastas. Carb sources include most of your plants, fruits and veggies, as well as other carb sources such as quinoa, oats, oat bran and even the almond milk you put in your coffee. These are all good, clean sources of carbs and should be enjoyed DAILY in your diet.

So, what is it that carbs do for you?

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For starters, carbs are your body’s most preferred fuel source for energy. If you look at competitive athletes and bodybuilders, the one’s who have been in the game the longest still eat carbs instead of relying on pre-workout drink mixes and fake sugars packed with caffeine. Why? Because your body can easily break carbs down into a usable fuel source (i.e. the glucose we store in our liver and muscles for the body to use during training). As we continue, let me clear up a common myth: there is no “fat burning zone”. At the end of the day, when we refer to fat loss, we are looking at how many calories your body can burn. By the way, I don’t rely on those fancy gadgets worn around certain body parts to tell me how many cals I burn per day….I look at how hard I work and how my clothes fit.

So, in the case of carbs, you have 2 kinds: simple and complex. When we think of simple, we usually think SUGAR. This is not too far off the mark, but I want to expand just a little. Simple sugars consist of either one or two molecules. One-molecule carbs are known as monosaccharides and include glucose, fructose and galactose…all of which are easy to digest. This means if these are taken in directly prior to training or playing a sport, your body can break them down for fuel very efficiently. If they are taken in before sitting at your desk for 4 straight hours, you body breaks them down and packs them into the storage unit, i.e. your fat molecules. So, watch those labels and think about your food. Two-moleculed simple carbs are called disaccharides and include sucrose, lactose, maltose and high fructose corn syrup. These are man-made and much harder for the body to break down in time of need. Lactose is, of course, the sugar in cow’s milk. More and more people are becoming allergic to this as a result of poor nutrition habits.

Complex carbs contain 3-20 molecules. Some are great, clean carbs (such as oats, brown rice, vegetables and quinoa) others are man-made, such as maltodextrins which are found in a variety of sports drinks. These belong to the oligosaccharides family :) . The polysaccharides are composed of more than 20, sometimes up the thousands of carb molecules. Have I lost you already??? Stay with me, you might learn something awesome :) If complex carbs have more molecule, this naturally makes them harder to break down right? So why do we need to choose them over the simple-sugar cousins down the road? Complex carbs provide indigestible fiber, such as cellulose, hemicellulose, gums, and pectins, and are extremely important for gastrointestinal health and disease prevention (particularly Type 2 Diabetes and certain forms of cancer).

So , the question remains: which carbs do we eat? The answer: selective carbs. What do I mean? I’m glad you asked :)

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Without the proper consumption of carbs, we lack the muscle-building and fat burning know how within the human body. Most bodies require the same nutrients, just in different amounts based on genetics and lifestyle. So, if you are preparing for a long run in the morning, a breakfast consisting of oats, fruit, honey and a small protein source (egg, whey protein, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese) would be ideal. However, if you play desk jockey for hours on end, a small protein shake may be more beneficial (or a small egg and English muffin). I am a HUGE fan of eating oatmeal just before my workouts. I keep it clean and simple, adding fruits and maybe a dash of honey. This gives me the carbs my body needs to get started (from the fruit) and the carbs my body needs to keep me going AND start the recovery process (the oats).

It boils down to this: there is NO one true nutrient that needs to be completely cut out of your diet. NOTE: sugar is NOT a nutrient and simple sugar itself is not beneficial to the body. Our bodies were made to be highly efficient, but it is MY firm belief that we have “dieted” ourselves into inefficiency. We have disease that has not existed in the past (pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance) due to overall poor health and low standards for nutrition. Raise the bar for yourself! You now know that your body has needs and will be much more willing to do the work to shed the weight if you seek to meet those needs.

Need a little more help? I offer plenty of nutrition options online to get you started. Everything from meal plans to nutrition counseling. Think in basics though: know what you eat, take care of your health.

Until next time, HAVE A HEALTHY DAY!

Michelle

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Fun Friday! New Weight Loss Series

Monday, January 21, I will be launching a new series that deals with goal setting and weight loss.

The skills that you will learn during the following 20 days will enable you to set goals that are not only attainable, but bigger than you’ve ever dared to dream.

Everything you learn in these next few weeks will help you lose that first and last pound, and these skills can be taken into others areas of life to make you more successful overall.

Get ready, get set…GOAL!!!!

 

Tough Love Tuesday: Unrealistic Expectations

Tight Skin Essentials

Hello Fit Lifers!

Welcome to the end of your week! Or at least close enough to it to do some booty shakin happy dances :)

Everybody’s favorite subject is on tap today: SKIN!!!!! Mind out of the gutter….not showing skin, but tightening it up. Once it’s tight, feel free to do what you wish ;)

After losing 100+ pounds (with NO tucks mind you), you get asked how to tighten skin in regards to weight loss…..you get asked that a lot. Today, we’re going over some essentials.

Tight Skin Essentials 101

  • Water. Drink it all day, everyday. You need a gallon per day (shush!) and you can count some herbal teas. Steer clear of elixirs and for goodness sake, put down the Crystal Light! It is so NOT helping.
  • Strength training. I hate to burst your flirty bubble, but Zumba will NOT tighten your skin. Interesting fact: I know the girl on the infomercial that has had 6 kids and they try to make you believe she flattened her tummy with Zumba (her name is Julie and she really is a superstar). Yeah, she has a personal trainer who puts her through rigorous weight sessions and super focused ab workouts, PLUS she’s a runner. We have the freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean the commercials always tell the truth….
  • Protein. All that strength training needs a solid base of protein to build lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have the tighter the skin. Why? Well, for starters you’ll be burning calories all day and not blowing up in size and shrinking back down, which makes the skin lose its elasticity. Also, the more muscle you have the more collagen your skin will produce. Collagen is a natural product produced in the skin (the ones you rub on are NOT THE SAME) and helps keep the skin’s tight, youthful appearance. Last, you can build muscle where the skin is a little looser to “fill out”. Think about the back of your arms for example…. Yeah, you’re eating protein now right?!?! Good sources include: eggs and egg whites, chicken, lean beef, lean game, fish, whey and casein powders, etc.
  • EAT YOUR VEGGIES! I shouldn’t have to keep repeating this…… A diet high in vegetables has been proven to be more heart healthy AND it fights off free radicals. Those nasty little boogers are no good for tight skin. I don’t care if you like veggies or not! You’re no longer a toddler, so suck it up and eat your veggies!
  • Avoid SOY! OK, I don’t want to cause a riot, but here’s the deal. Weight loss has gone beyond a mere numbers game and into a hormone game. Soy increases estrogen levels as it contains natural estrogens. Estrogen makes us hold on to body fat. Now, read that carefully. It does not cause body fat, but it does make our bodies hang on to it. Even though soy is an acceptable source of protein, if you’re battling loose skin get it out of your diet! If you cannot tolerate dairy (which is NOT necessary for tight skin) you can use almond or coconut milk.
  • Use oil. Coconut oil to be exact. Yes, I get that you are probably tired of hearing about how awesome coconut oil is, but stay with me. You can run this wonder oil on the skin and it has actually been proven to help. How? It naturally fights free radicals (which break down collagen) and keeps the skin hydrated. Hydrated skin will stay tighter, so keep it happy! Rub it on at night after a warm shower. It will absorb quickly and you don’t need much at all.
  • Take your vitamins! A good multivitamin will help with your energy levels. I also recommend a good oil such as fish oil or Omega 3 capsules. Obtain them from reputable companies. I get all of my supplements from Bodybuilding.com
  • The extras: regular massage also helps to tone the skin (it does NOT take the place of regular strength training people!), but I rarely get massages so I consider it an extra :) . You can invest in some good creams and lotions. Most have high amounts of caffeine, which temporarily dehydrate the skin to give it a tighter, smoother appearance. Ones I like are Bliss Fat Girl Slim and Nivea CoQ10. You can also consider using a coffee scrub to rub into areas that may have a little cellulite hanging on. This creates the same dehydrating effect and can be coupled with the creams. Works great for bikini season, but again…it does NOT take the place of a healthy diet and exercise! Tanning is a great cover up for any lingering issues we see as well. AVOID THE BEDS!!!!! Overexposer to UVA/UVB can break down collagen, leaving your skin ragged and lifeless.

Those are my basic secrets to tight skin. I’ll be sharing more and keeping you up to date as always!

Live out loud this year!

Michelle

Tough Love Tuesday!