5 Ways To Get Ready For Swimsuit Season Starting Today

They say that Summer bodies are made in the Winter. But it's not too late... Do these things NOW to get ready for swimsuit season.
5 Ways To Get Ready For Swimsuit Season Starting Today

If you’re reading this it’s too late. Just kidding lol. Swimsuit Season is here. Although it’s said that Summer bodies are made in the Winter, it’s never too late to start working on them body goals. No matter your size, shape, genetic makeup etc- you need to exercise daily for optimal health. I’m sharing all of the things I’m doing to get ready for swimsuit season and keep my body in shape… period poo. I’m hoping these tips will help you get a jumpstart on your swimsuit body too.

Now I love my body. However, I can use a little fine tuning. I’m naturally slim thick and usually able to maintain my optimal weight without having to do much. But now that I’m in my 40s my metabolism ain’t metabolizing like it used to. Plus I have a Thyroid disorder that can possibly lead to excessive weight gain in the future. So I try to stay ahead of it.

On top of that, I recently had surgery and I’m now ten pounds heavier than I’d like to be as a result of water weight gain and gym restrictions. Let’s not even talk about the fact that I’ve added chicken back into my diet after having been a Pescatarian for the last 9 years. My protein was low and I needed an abundance for recovery. I was also always ravenous. So I decided that this was the best course of action. At least for now. Anyway, I’ve finally been cleared to go back to the gym and I’m already back to business. Here’s what else I’m doing…

My Stay At Amaka Calma Riviera Tulum

CLEAN EATING

Changing your diet is the first step to take to get ready for swimsuit season. I don’t do dieting as I never really stick to it. Instead I prefer to make more permanent lifestyle changes that I know I can commit to. Like eating smaller portions and eliminating things from my diet. I noticed that I’ve been able to maintain my weight better since giving up meat. I still don’t eat red meat or pork and don’t plan on going back. Although I’m doing poultry occasionally, I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’ll be eliminating it from my diet completely again. Seafood is a staple in my diet. I love it too much to give it up. So I won’t even try. However, I’ve been attempting to cut back on my seafood consumption and choosing more vegetarian options such as tofu, tempeh and beans.

I’ve also been cutting carbs and opting for healthier grains like quinoa instead of rice. Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet has been a game changer. I’m eliminating regularly, and I don’t feel overly full and bloated like I do when overloading on carbs. Cutting back processed foods and only picking items with a short ingredient list that I can understand has been helpful as well. But I still enjoy some of my favorite treats in moderation.

DRINK MORE WATER

The only beverages that I drink on the regular are water, sparkling water, coconut water, tea and coffee. Oh and wine. I drink soda and juice on occasion. Aside from the 100% cranberry juice that I sometimes add to my water for urinary tract health. I try to drink at least 64 ounces of water every single day. I use a Motivational Water Bottle to remind to keep drinking, and a habit app that syncs with Apple Health to help me track my intake. Drinking more water has also been beneficial to my skin as these pre-menopausal hormones have been wreaking havoc.

HIT THE GYM

My apartment community has a gym and sauna. This makes it easy for me to hit the gym now that it’s two minutes away and doesn’t require a membership. I try to go at least three times a week. I’m unable to do anything too intensive due to having Fibromyalgia. So I focus on cardio and strength training. The elliptical is my best friend and I start my workouts with at least a 30 minute session. My goal is to lose five to ten pounds and a few inches off my waist, while toning my abs and thighs and lifting my booty.

I also make sure that I stretch every day as it’s important for me to keep my joints from getting stiff. If you don’t have access to a gym, finding a good home workout routine can also be beneficial. I primarily worked out at home before moving.

WALK

Simply walking is a small step to help you get ready for swimsuit season, pun intended. At one point I was running on the regular- twice during the week and once on the weekend. These days I’m unable to run as it’s too much impact on my joints. But now I walk whenever possible to get in some extra cardio. Especially since I’m now driving every day and not walking all around the city like I used to. Driving can make you a bit a lazy. So leave the car at home when going somewhere within walking distance. You’ll save money on gas along with burning calories. Which is a bonus with the current economy.

YOGA

In addition to hitting the gym, I occasionally do yoga to help me with strength, flexibility and balance- not only of the body, but also of the mind. My doctor highly suggested it to help with my thyroid symptoms, and it also helps relieve my Fibromyalgia symptoms since both can overlap at times. My stress level is out of this world at the moment. And I also suffer from anxiety. Practicing Yoga gives me some relief in these areas as well. I plan to start doing yoga more regularly as my mental health can use the additional help.

Now, I have a bad habit of procrastinating. So I have to stay on top of myself. But I’ve taken the first step by setting goals. I just have to follow through and be consistent. We’re in this together. You got this! What are you doing to get ready for swimsuit season and achieve your body goals? I’d love additional suggestions.

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10 Responses

  1. You are such a beautiful girl! From an older perspective, I would start with a 30-day sugar detox program, that will get rid of all your thyroid problems, there’s plenty online with some really good food, but I bought a program for $99 and they sent me recipes to cook. If you could add roller-skating it is really the best outdoor cardio and slims you down really quickly! Oh and join Workout 2.0 on FB, those gals are really motivational!

  2. I I have hashimoto’s and Erica please thank the heavens it hasn’t affected your weight like it has mine! I think mines is more autoimmune and I have to need to stop eating grains (gluten). The insomnia is is bad symptom! If you don’t mind m asking do you take meds for your? I haven’t met many black women with it! This disease has also claimed my tresses.

    1. Hi Dee Dee. So yes the Hashimotos is an autoimmune disorder. That’s how I found out about mine as my thyroid is enlarged due to my body attacking it, and I tested positive for abnormal antibodies. My hormone levels are still normal so I don’t take meds at this time, but I have to get my blood work done every 3 months to make sure things are still normal. The insomnia is the worse, I feel like I’m going mad at times smh. I believe that a lot of ppl with Hashimoto’s also have gluten sensitivity. I haven’t cut it out completely but I limit my intake as much as possible. I’m assuming I’m not having weight issues because my thyroid is still functioning, but if/when it stops I will most likely have hypothyroidism according to my doc. I had issues with my hair when it was relaxed, but since I’ve gone natural it’s been flourishing. More ppl probably have the disease but don’t know since its not checked properly. My old Doctor thought I had thyroid issues almost 10 years ago, but since my levels we’re normal, she left it alone. I hope all of this helps!

  3. Hey, I have been exercising with fitness blender and superhero fitness, Xht just to name a few on YouTube.

  4. I also have thyroid issues. I transitioned to natural because of it. So you haven’t gained weight or lost hair because of it?

    1. No, probably because my thyroid is currently still functioning. My weight has been pretty stable, but I did switch to a Pescatarian diet. I haven’t been having any issues with my hair.

  5. Ive been following you last year back iin March after my big chop I was in awe on how meticulous you are with styling your hair with precision – its admirable watching your youtube content – but girl you look amazing thanks for the tips I will be taking action starting today. Better late than never

    1. Thanks so much for the support sis, and taking time to show love. Yasss… you got this. We’re in it together!

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