Are you ready?? Because it’s coming in hot and before we know it, swimsuits and flip flops will be out of storage and into suitcases. After a long Midwest winter, that first swimsuit try-on can be daunting. So let’s get a Game Plan to rock that swimsuit AND feel FIERCE doing it!
Priority #1: Nutrition
During the winter months, especially in the Midwest, it’s so easy to get caught up in pre-holiday eating, holiday eating, post-holiday eating, just eating in general...then covering it up with a nice fluffy sweater. 😏 So getting that swimsuit out of the drawer and trying it on for the first time in the bathroom light is as real life as it gets, isn’t it?? I just pulled mine out this week and no matter how on point I feel that I’ve been, that swimsuit is a reminder of just how important nutrition is every single day. No matter how faithful we’ve been to our workouts, that moment is a gut check for us, pun intended.
Because our results are made in the kitchen. Every choice we make regarding what we put into our bodies either fuels us in a positive way or affects us in a negative way. It really is that simple and actually, I think that’s super empowering. Since we are in complete control of what we eat, knowing our nutrition equals 85% or more of our results - mentally and physically - makes nutrition much more black and white.
We’ve all tried numerous “diets”. They don’t work. We’ve all tried gimmicks and quick fixes. They don’t work.
What works? A plan backed up by research, science, and results.
The Game Plan:
Priority #2: Fitness
That incredibly empowering feeling after a workout is EVERYthing isn’t it?
Fitness does so much for our heads, our hearts, and our bodies. Now remember...our physical results come mostly from nutrition but that doesn’t decrease the necessity of fitness.
Feeling strong and confident after kicking serious booty in your workout will absolutely motivate you to make better nutrition choices. The two - fitness and nutrition - go hand in hand.
We cannot out-train a bad diet. And we need the training to create lean muscles and shredded abs So it’s a puzzle where all the pieces are essential.
If you’ve taken a break from fitness for awhile, it’s time to make it non-negotiable in your life. I don’t care WHAT you do, as long as it’s something! Walk, ride your bike, go up and down your stairs. START MOVING. The feeling of confidence and general bad-assery that comes from crushing our workouts affects every other part of our lives. As my friend Shaun T says, it’s not just fitness. It’s our LIFE.
If you’ve been working out pretty regularly and still aren’t feeling like you’re ready to rock a swimsuit, it’s time to up your game. We’re all stronger than we think we are and can absolutely level up.
The Game Plan:
Priority #3: Find Swimsuit that makes you feel FIERCE
So maybe you’re not looking forward to Spring Break because you don’t love your current swim suit. It’s time to invest in a new one then. Each year, styles change as does fabric technology. Life’s too short to wear ANYthing that makes us feel less than fierce. Do some research and find a suit that makes you feel confident
The Game Plan:
I love the variety and the service. Everything from coverups to one-piece to bikinis to choosing a suit according to body type to filtering by price...the options are endless. Nordstrom’s also has a fabulous return policy so if you’d prefer to try on your new suit in the privacy of your home (keeping all tags and protectors in place of course), you can do that and still be able to return it as necessary.
Priority #4: Protect your skin
So. Do we really have to talk about the importance of sunscreen?? It’s 2018...we KNOW that we need SPF and we know that we need to reapply right? We also know that if our skin has been covered up by layers of sweaters for a few months, we’re going to need that protection even more. This is not an area where we can get lazy. Just like nutrition and fitness, consistency counts. And since none of us wants to pass skin cancer on to our children, we have to model healthy skin practices ourselves.
The Game Plan
Priority #5: Let Spring Break be a BREAK
Let’s really get down to what Spring Break is all about….and that is, taking a BREAK. Hey, in the Midwest, winter feels FORever. Gray skies are the norm and by the time the end of March rolls around, we’re all stir-crazy and cranky. We need sun, we need warmth, and we need it NOW.
Spring Break should be all about fun and family. Focus on creating memories that you will talk about long after the social media post fades. Place zero energy on cramming a gazillion activities into 5 days, going where “everyone else is going”, and what you look like in a bikini. (Note --- I said “look”. How you FEEL is completely different than how you look...and it is FAR more important)
When you take care of your body AND your mind, spring break can truly be a BREAK from the daily routine, a trip that refreshes you, helps you recalibrate. If you feel less than fierce, good news!! YOU have the power to DO something about it. It’s YOUR body. YOU control your nutrition, your fitness, your mindset. That means no matter what the scale says, you can rock a bikini all day long, if you feel confident and FIERCE. I think a PLAN and a TRIBE help us find our fierce, help us uncover that confidence within us. When we nourish our bodies properly, when we move our bodies with intention, when we surround ourselves with people who lift us up, when we control the controllable, we DO feel FIERCE...and that makes ANY Spring Break memorable.
Married to a college football coach, 3 daughters, Beachbody Master Trainer and Coach, Disney fanatic, aspire to inspire, serve others, and be a force of passion. Meet Julie!