Happy Friday! And what a great Friday too because coming up this weekend is everyone’s favorite– a 3-day weekend filled with summer kickoff barbeques and pool parties! Yes, I said it…pool parties and that means the time has come to finally be bikini ready. We all knew it was coming, even as we convinced ourselves it was only April and that bag of potato chips was going to go stale if not eaten right then. But don’t fret, I have plenty of tricks and tips up my sleeve for this weekend and the many future pool parties of the season, that you won’t have to worry about anything but having fun in the sun!
Tip #1 is really a tip for the entire summer and comes from my best friend and her affinity for late night food truck indulgences. Resist stoppnig at the taco/burger/waffle/crepe truck at midnight no matter how enticing it looks after a few cocktails! Dancing is not going to burn off the calories.
But back to the task at hand…we’re in crunch time! It’s Friday and maybe your party is tomorrow and maybe you did stop at that food truck last night, what to do?!
Tip #2: Alter your diet, slightly. Ideally, if you can do this 2-3 days before the bikini body reveal then that’s your target but incorporating the following throughout the day before and day-of will have you looking fabulous! The biggest alteration to your current diet is to cut out salt (listed on food packages as sodium), since excess salt may cause you to retain water and cause that bloating effect we all dread. After salt, processed and packaged foods are the next to go. Generally they are laden with preservatives and sodium, plus nothing beats crunching into a crisp fresh apple for your mid-morning snack!
Finally try to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of caffeine you drink. If you can’t survive without your morning coffee, try green tea instead. It still contains caffeine, but about 1/3 less than your typical cup and is packed full of antioxidants to healing properties.
Tip #3: Juicing is also an option during the 2 days leading up to the festivities. Be sure to buy from a reputable company like my favorite, Pressed Juicery, or do your research if you choose to juice at home yourself. It’s important to get the right balance of nutrients and calories since it will be the only thing you’ll consume all day. Juicing takes a commitment so if you’re not ready to tackle 2 days, try one or maybe replace your lunch with a delicious root juice.
Add a shot of aloe juice to your morning routine to help cleanse your system and a shot of wheatgrass in the afternoon for some added energy. Wheatgrass is the most nutritionally dense food available. I personally like mine with ginger and an orange slice…YUM!
Tip #4: Exercise! Of course my preference is for everyone to get in an hour session of Pilates, reformer or mat style because they will give you an instantly smaller waistline. Pilates is based on the principle of using core strength for everything we do, which when applied correctly will widdle away your midsection in no time.
Another couple favorites of mine are these butt lifters and bridges that will get your booty ready for those boy short style bottoms!
Can’t get to Pilates studio? No time for a full workout? If your busy schedule prevents you from doing a full workout or maybe you haven’t been hitting the gym as much as you’d like to, try this combination of moves to tone up in the days before.
Do 100 push-ups, 100 dips and 100 lunges (per leg). Now before you tell me I’m crazy, these don’t all have to be done in one session, but do have to be done in one day. It’s easy to space them out. Try 20-30 of each exercise in the morning and then incorporate sets of 10 into your day. Take a 10-minute break and use your desk or wheel-less chair (make sure either is sturdy and can support your weight first) to do dips or just get down and rock out push ups in your cubicle. It’s amazing how fast you’ll get to 100 and how energized you’ll feel the rest of the day.
Tip #5: Find the part of yourself you love the most and flaunt it! The summer is most of all about having fun. You’ll feel the most confident when you highlight your best feature. Have great eyes? Learn how to give them an added pop from your favorite makeup counter. Have killer arms? Sport a strappy dress to your next party.
Tip #6: This one is important. Don’t shop for a new bikini just because you have to attend a pool party. If you don’t feel you’re ready for it, wait to buy. Not everyone goes in the pool at a pool party so instead grab that great sundress you feel amazing wearing or opt for a cute skirt and coordinating bathing suit top. You’ll be festive while not being too exposed. Just be sure to keep working hard toward the goal of being bikini ready for your next party!
Now that you’ve heard my top tips and tricks, I want to hear from you! What are you secrets for getting ready for that big beach day or poolside picnic? Do you have a favorite exercise routine, pre-event meal plan, or even great make up or product tricks that help accentuate your best features? Share them here!
All photos from here.