Monday, May 14, 2012
I'm attending a medical school ball. As my ex-boyfriend's date. (Don't ask...)
It's four days until I get to get glammed-out and gussied-up for the Big Night. So what's a girl to do?
Everyone has that occasion to prepare for, and when the day gets closer, the pressure to look great rises like steam and can cloud the senses, leading to stress-binges and belly bulge.
Well I have a fool-proof plan (and as I must be a fool for going with my ex--who is an awesome guy who I let go because I'm a stereotypical dumb girl--it's all the more appropriate), and I am happy to share it with anyone else who has that Big Day looming before them.
Mind you, this is only for four days before. The calorie counts may be a little low for a regular diet.
THE MEALS: This is a moderate-nutrient meal plan to keep me full and energized for the workouts. Back off of the sodium and sodas. Change out the dinner whenever, but keep breakfast and lunch the same.
Breakfast: Whey chocolate protein shake made with water or milk and 1/2 cup of berries or other fresh fruits. The one I have is 140 calories per scoop when made with water, and is incredibly satisfying...although the cardboard taste takes some getting used to...
Lunch: A tuna sandwich with lettuce, full-fat mayo, mustard, and tomato on a whole-wheat thin bagel
Dinner: A 400-600 calorie, low-sodium meal.
Snacks: Apple; Coffee
Choose a full-body workout routine from somewhere online or from a magazine OR design your own by choosing 8 strength training moves that you like. Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps each. I use moves that use a resistance band because I like the way it lengthens my muscles. (I'm specifically using an amazing Beach Body Bootcamp Routine from Fitness Magazine...it hurts...and it makes me smile.)
Optional to increase the burn: Follow or precede this with 30 minutes of cardio exercise of your choice.
Choose 8 abs exercises of your choice. Do 10-15 reps of each move. Do this abs circuit for a total of 3 times.
In-between each circuit, do 3 minutes of jumping jacks, and then hold a plank for as long as you can.
Not optional: Do 30-45 minutes of cardio activity before or after this workout.
Sha-BAAAM! It's intense, but it works.
The day of, drink a ton of water in the morning. And breathe! Oh, and don't forget to plan your hairstyle, nails, perfume, shaving etc. in advance.
I've just got to be serene, confidant, and let the joy shine through.
After all, I shouldn't have anything to worry about. I'm going with my best friend.
In the meantime, I'll be banging my head against a concrete wall...dumb, dumb girl.