1-Month Health & Fitness Journey

Hello lovely people! I’m so happy you’ve come across this post because it’s something that I’ve been wanting to share with you all for a very long time. Just like anyone else would I’m preparing for a tropical vacation that’s coming up very soon, and by preparing I mean getting my butt into shape! I’m generally very good about staying in shape (eating right and exercising) but I took a loooong 3-month break between July and October this year so now I have a little more work to do for my vacay.

My fitness journey is going to be exactly one month long, starting one month from the day that I hop on my plane. I will be watching very carefully what I eat and also starting my regular 5-7 days a week home workouts. Today I’d like to share with you what my eating schedule looks like in a day, meal and snack ideas, and the types of workouts that I’ll be doing.

If you’re going on a vacation over the holidays that includes swimwear and a beach and you feel like getting fit before you go then this post might be perfect for you! Let’s get in shape together shall we?!


WHAT MY EATING SCHEDULE LOOKS LIKE

*I eat every 2 to 3 hours to speed up my metabolism and ensure that I always have energy!*

Breakfast

Small Snack

Lunch

Small Snack

Dinner

Small Snack

(note that you shouldn’t be eating less than 2-3 hours before you sleep!)

MEAL & SNACK IDEAS

Aside from starting to workout again the other major change in my lifestyle during this fitness journey will be what I’m eating. I’ve decided to minimize the amount of carbohydrates that I eat as well as cut out as many sweets and junk food that I can (aside from the few cheat days that might occur). Here are the main foods that I will be holding back from for the month:

Breads

Pasta

Cookies

Cake

Quinoa

Potatoes

Candy

Juice and Pop (I don’t drink soda but I’ll include it anyway)

Ice-Cream

Some of these foods make up large parts of our everyday meals and snacks so below are some ideas on what you CAN eat!

Breakfast Options

Fried egg and avocado.

Egg whites with spinach, tomato, cheese.

Banana, strawberry, almond milk, vanilla breakfast shake smoothie.

2 slices of turkey bacon with a grilled avocado.

Mixed berries, almond milk, vanilla or strawberry breakfast shake smoothie.

Scrambled eggs with cheese, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Seared tomatoes and mushrooms and fried egg.

Lunch Options

Pre-packed salads (with a small amount of dressing).

Sautéed veggies with kale & spinach sausage.

Seared tomatoes with sausage or other meat.

Spinach salad with mushrooms, tomato, and balsamic vinegar.

A lot of the time I just bring left over dinner for lunch which includes some form of meat (chicken, fish, pork) and a side of veggies or salad.

Dinner Options

I’m no chef so I don’t have any specific ideas for dinner, but I usually just eat some type of salad (caesar, kale, thai) with a portion of meat (chicken, fish, pork, beef).

Snack Options

Cherry tomatoes with sliced cheese

Half an apple with peanut butter

Banana (can be with peanut butter)

Small handful of almonds

Grapes and sliced cheese

Raw veggies

Raw fruits

WORKOUT SCHEDULE

When I really get into a proper schedule I usually workout 5-7 times a week alternating abs/arms days with full body days (abs/arms/legs). I always make sure to be energized with a small snack before my workouts and to drink water throughout as well. My workouts come before dinner and my last snack of the day! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a list of the workouts I do.


I’m a firm believer in working hard for what you want and I guarantee that if you stay determined and on track you can definitely achieve your goals! Feel free to use my Contact Form or DM me on my social media accounts if you have any questions or suggestions! I would love to hear from some of you! You can stay up to date with my progress by following me on Instagram and watching my Insta-Stories.

xoxo,

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Home Exercises ft. Ankle Weights

As you may know I work-out 5 to 6 days a week in my home gym (recently I’ve been doing 6 days a week to get ready for summer 😉 ) I’ve been asked a few times to post about my work-out routine and I have finally come around to doing it! These exercises are what I do specifically with ankle weights, but most of them can also be done without.

I’ve been working out since 2014, and I’ve always worked out at home, never owned a gym pass! You can read about why I work-out from home right here. Something about having a home gym just makes me feel as if I have an obligation to work-out every time that I pass by it! Self-motivation is key though.

Now let’s get to the exercises!


Arm Workouts with Ankle Weights Around Wrists

  • Straight Arm Movements (up, down, forward, backward); Keeping your arms extended and level to your shoulders, make rapid movements and alternate going up, down, forward, and back.
  • Boxing Punches (Rapid Fire)
  • Arm Circles; Keeping your arms extended and level to your shoulders, move them in a small circular motion for a set amount of seconds.

Legs/Glutes Workouts with Ankle Weights Around Ankles

  • Jump Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Standing Sideways Leg Lifts; stand straight and hold onto something, keep your lifted leg straight and the supporting leg slightly bent. Alternate lifting your left and right legs to become level with your waist.
  • Fire Hydrants; Get on all fours and alternate lifting (not extending) your left and right legs.
  • Lunges
  • Leg Extensions (on chair); Sit on a chair with both hands to your sides holding on. Extend both legs from sitting position to straight and repeat.
  • High Knees

Abdominal Workouts with Ankle Weights (around ankles)

  • Leg Lifts Laying Down; Lay down on your back, lift both legs off the ground and repeat.
  • Leg Extensions; Lay down on your back and put your hands behind your neck with your head slightly raised off the ground. Pull in your knees then extend both legs together and repeat.
  • Leg Raise Toe Touches; Lay down on your back with your arms extended up above your head. Lift both hands and feet at the same time to meet above, keeping your arms and legs as straight as possible.
  • Bicycle Kicks

Now all of these exercises are great for home workouts, but the number of reps for each exercise will vary depending on how fit you are and how often you workout! Consistency is also key if you’re working towards a certain body goal, so keep that in mind when you set up your workout routine!

If there are other workout tips or exercises that you would like me to post about please let me know in the comments below or through my contact form here.

xoxo,

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