April 6, 2008

bikini club - week 2

In case you missed it, here is week 1 of the Bikini Club.

And here is your second drill:

DIET:
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.

EXERCISE:
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.

BEAUTY:
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! :)

8 comments:

Katy said...

I'm excited for my dessert today! I'm only allowing myself to have one thing though. :)

Just got done running. It's very cold outside, but it felt good.

I was wondering if you have any butt exercise suggestions?

NY Spender said...

Hi Katy,
What did you have for dessert?

As for the butt exercises, if you click on the links of arms, abs and butt on this post, they will take you to some exercise instructions.

I also like to squeeze and release every time I'm standing in line at the supermarket, or when waiting for my train, or whenever I can do such exercise without getting funny looks from bystanders.

Sunflower Optimism said...

Well, I cheated and had 1 Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie on Friday and 1 1/2 on Saturday. Considering I usually plow through half a sleeve, there was some serious restraint going on! Today I just had a couple of squares of chocolate, which I counted as my dessert, with my green tea. Tonight I walked 20 min. on the treadmill while I had conditioning oil in my hair so I'm ahead of the game ;-)

My weight didn't move much over the past week - but the jeans are a tad looser!

Thanks for the ab links. We can do this!

Daisy said...

Catching up with everyone here:

Goals: Resume exercising after 2-3 months 2-3 times a week to start.

Method of Exercise: Speedwalking. I used to speedwalk for approximately 3 miles each evening. Tried running half the distance, half the other for awhile before realizing running is not for me. At my age I figure two more years and I'd injure my knees. For me, exercise is not merely for sake of appearances, it is a necessity. After all this time being a couch/bed/armchair/ potato, I better start slow and work my way back.

Weaknesses: One, and it's a big one, I raid the fridge at night just before bedtime!!! It not good to stuff your face at that time!

Dee said...

Daisy, I'm like you. I just had dinner now, twice!!! First, I ate two very small blueberry preserve sandwiches, then I still felt hungry, so I ate blueberry cereal. I'm just in love with blueberry, and I'm still PMSing. BUT, I went to three gyms yesterday to decide on which one to join, and I picked one, and I'm going to start this week!

Anyway, I was posting to say that we should have fashion "challenges" as well as beauty and exercise... Like for example, wear new colors... I don't know, but I'm sure that NY Spender can think of something :)

NY Spender said...

Sunflower,
we don't like cheating here... but considering you only had a little, this time we'll let it slide.

But it will get harder as we go, so you need to train your willpower to understand that when you say no, it's no.

I had no sweets on Sunday, by the way. :)

Good job on the exercise and the beauty routine. We WILL do this! ;)

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Welcome Daisy!
I'm so happy you're here!

The night raids are the worst! All that food then just sits in your stomach all night, and just turns into mush all around your belly button.

I can tell you right now that starting next week we will have a food curfew. So be prepared.

Meanwhile, this week please follow the schedule and ease yourself into an exercise routine.

We post progress reports on Wednesdays.

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Hey Dee,

I'm trying to figure out how many carbs you've been eating... sandwiches, preserves and cereals... hmmm

We'll have some carb restrictions next week as well.

You girls are going to hate me by the time we're done with this! lol

But it's ok, because you will all look beautiful in your bikinis and my job will be done. :)

I'm glad you're going to the gym!

And I will think of some fun fashion challenges to play along the way.

Katy said...

thanks for the ideas and good job on not eating anything for Sunday!

I had some icecream but really it wasn't worth it. It wasn't that good. :)

JustLo said...

I'm finally catching up on my posting! I just got back from my week vacation in NYC, and had a great time. I pretty much stayed away from dessert and hope that all the walking I did on a daily basis counted for some sort of aerobic exercise. I did go jogging in Central Park on Saturday which was great. But now that I'm back home, the rest of this week I need to focus on the beauty routines.

Oh, one good thing is I don't drink soda so I don't have to worry about that. But I do drink coffee...will this be taken from me anytime soon?!