First of all, you CAN have an amazing bikini body in your 30s (or 40s, or 50s, etc.) You CAN have a body you are proud of after having children (and multiples)! Even when your clothes are covered in spit up, you are up to your elbows in poop (yeah... that just happened), and you feel like you are spinning your wheels just to keep up at your day job, you CAN feel fulfilled, healthy, and better than you ever felt in your 20s.
Fast forward 10 years... Not shockingly, time has run out on the cheese fry diet. The twins have stretched my abdominals to the max and I swear my belly button still droops a little bit. Forget the tan. Aint nobody have the time (or $) for that! So what makes me sooooo confident that I am on my way to my BEST body of all time??
I have the secrets right here....
1. Commit to healthy foods. This was the hardest part for sure. I'm not saying give up the cheese fries, but definitely make it a once in a while, sharing with many others sort of thing. Stock the fridge with produce and protein. Try new vegetables. Get creative in the kitchen. The scope of which I have broadened my palate and creativity when it comes to food has definitely contributed to my confidence in maintaining a healthy diet. I know that I can do it now. And I genuinely WANT to!
2. Let someone else plan your workouts. This too was tough for me. Because I really am a person who enjoys the gym, and I knew exactly what I needed to do to maximize results for my own body, it became frustrating when I wasn't getting the job done. I know some say it's an excuse, but
3. Take care of your skin. You may wonder what this has anything to do with fitness, but for whatever reason in my mind, skin care and muscle tone go hand and hand when it comes to looking your best! My go to products right now include a combination of Derm Exclusive and Arbonne. I know brands claim that you shouldn't mix and that they are meant to work together, but I am a firm believer that changing your products after a period of time keeps your skin from becoming complacent. Again, I'm no expert. Just my opinion.
4. Let go of your fears. Stop seeing your dreams as dreams, and make them your plans for the future. This year I've been lucky to reconnect with some friends who have made me question a few things about my thinking. While I've spent the past 10 years being prudent and doing what I consider to be the "responsible" thing, I now realize that a lot of my actions (or non actions rather) have come from a fear of failure. F*ck that. I'm ready to let that go and open myself up to the possibilities of GREAT things! Are you??