In case you missed it, here is week 1 of the Bikini Club.
Same as last week: no junk for 6 days. A little junk on Sunday, and even then, try not to go nuts. Think about your body, and how that fat is still sitting there...
This week we'll begin substitutions: soda with a) water or b) tea.
I've started drinking green tea regularly. Substituting soda with tea might be easier because tea provides almost the same amount of caffeine as soda, while water cuts you off completely from the caffeine. You don't have to give up all the soda, but try at least once a day to have one substitution.
Green tea will help you burn more calories, will lower your cholesterol, can prevent blood clots, and is a powerful antioxidant. You really can't beat it! I understand that not everyone is into tea, and I will tell you that I never liked the taste of green tea myself. But, all things considered, if you really want to start taking better care of yourself, then you should try it, and maybe discover, just like me, that it is an acquired taste. The more you drink it, the more you like it.
Now, I look forward to my daily tea, and maybe that's why I've been able to drink less soda. As if the tea in my system rejects the idea of getting crazy bubbles in the belly! ;)
The last change to our diet this week is to add more water. Hopefully many of you drink a lot of water regularly already... I don't.
We'll shoot for at least 5 glasses of water each day of this week. If you want to drink more, please do so. A trick to keep track is to get your glass first thing in the morning, fill it with water, then grab 5 rubber bands and wrap them around the glass. Each time you finish a glass of water, you take one rubber band off. You drink until there are no more rubber bands around your glass.
Water will also help you lose weight, and as crazy as it sounds it helps with water retention too. The more you drink the more you flush your system out.
We'll need to step it up some more. Requirement is now 15 minutes every time you exercise. Break a sweat, don't forget! If you feel too comfortable, you're not pushing yourself hard enough.
I've left you free to decide what kind of exercises to do, but going forward I will give you some directions as well. This week I need you to also focus on arms, abs more abs, and butt on each separate session of your exercise routine.
Remember to warm-up and cool-down.
Wasn't all that scrubbing great last week? My skin already feels better and softer.
This week we'll do some more targeted scrubbing... your back!
Find a way to be able to cover the entire area, like maybe asking your husband/boyfriend to give you a back (sc)rub! If not, you can use one of those long-handled sponges, or even a long and thin piece of cloth. The back always gets neglected because it's so hard to reach for most, but please do whatever necessary to scrub it.
Even if you have to smear your scrub product all over the bathroom wall and then scrub your back against it like a bear scratching his back on a tree! You get my point. ;)
The face mask and the deep conditioning for the hair should be easier to tackle...
Depending on the type of your hair, take 10 extra minutes to pamper it. Is it dry? Then use a rich deep conditioner. Is it limp and tired, then give it an invigorating scalp massage. Is it lifeless, then use a deep cleansing product to remove all the build-up.
Same will go for the face: choose a mask that will benefit your skin type and/or problem: a purifying clay mask for oily skin, an avocado mask for dry skin...
Feel free to post any questions/concerns here and I'll expect a progress report on Wednesday.
Keep up the good work! :)