How to Glow Up for Summer 2018

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Summer is quickly approaching, and if you are anything like me, you want to be Bikini Glow Up ready! That and more are reasons why we want to get into shape now!

Crop tops, distressed shorts, swimsuits, oh my! It is about that time… we’re just a few days shy away from May and then BAM, it’s summer! And just like you get I get a little insecure when it comes time to shed those extra layers and show what I have been working with, or have not been working on… No worries, it is relatively safe to lose 1 to 2 pounds of body fat a week and  get to work on tighten and tone to feel the confidence to strut your stuff if we decide to make some changes today.

In a previous life, I was far more active, you could catch me in the gym just about everyday; fast-forward to life as Mom and Boss, well, that old  life seems like a distant memory. And quite frankly, the gym is not for every one; and my lifestyle just does not have the time for it. SO I am making time without a gym, and those pesky membership fees to get Summer Goddess Glow Up Ready! In the last few weeks, I have set up a healthy routine in the comforts of my own home and office to render the results I desire. A combination of nutrition and fitness has rendered me some noticeable results and I have found myself to feel more confidant in my mind and body. Here are some easy ways to get started on the beautiful journey of transformation from a Saggy Peggy to a Glow Flo!

Stop Comparing

First thing first, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, compare your beginning to anyone else. Not even ME! You are on your own journey full of triumphs of its own. If you are too busy scrolling through Instagram and Facebook looking at other’s profiles and pictures, you will miss out on that time to invest in your wellbeing. And watching other people live their best life is NO FUN. So start today by logging off and away from anything that may make you question yourself and your beginnings. Everyone works at there own pace. I can admit, I had a slight, okay may big problem at looking at the super fit chick in the gym, or scrolling through the flexible yogi profile desiring that I was like them. While yes, I can get there, I can not and you can not afford to drool over someone else when we have ourselves to look at in the mirror.

As long as you are taking action into improving your lifestyle and wellbeing by making healthier choices and incorporating some type of physical activity; trust and believe, you will get to what ever desire or goal that you have planned for yourself. Set daily and weekly goals for yourself, and remember to pace it, there is no rush. Your goal should not only be about looking good, it’s about feeling good too!

Eat Clean

Now, I am a HUGE foodie. I love food. Oh, did I mention I love food? I refute and rebuke the term “diet”; honestly, I feel as if I want to “die” when I utter the word from my perfectly pouty lips. However, I completely understand that half the battle is actually what we put in our mouths versus how much energy we exert in physical activity. It truly starts in the kitchen, or the menu option from your favorite restaurant; the point is making conscious choices to what we intake by minimizing or straight up eliminating certain foods from our body. The objective her goddess is self-control! I started eating a plant-based lifestyle about two years ago; that decision has rendered me some amazing results, such as I noticed my gut disappear. Meat is quite heavy and lingers in the body for about 3-5 days before digesting, so think of all the meat that is just sitting and rotting away in the stomach and intestines…eww! I consume less sugary and junk foods, all to my benefit, no more sugar-craving headaches these days. Also getting more greens is essential! I start my morning everyday with  Supa Mega Greens in a smoothie form to ensure that I have my energy levels boosted and receive the vital nutrients and vitamins my body needs. Lastly, NEVER skip out on breakfast, Eating a balanced meal kick starts your metabolism and boosts your brain activity.

At Home Work Outs

I no longer have the time or patience to go to the gym, so I designed my time to workout at home or in my office. It’s best to dedicate at least an half an hour of your time each day for a short workout session. The beauty of working out at home, you can literally do it at any time- soon as you get out of bed, before you do your makeup, or while making breakfast- it’s your time, make the best of it.

My home workout consist of a yoga mat, resistance bands, and handheld weights, oh and YouTube! It’s literally the best resource to use, my favorite subscription channels are Koboko Fitness and SuperHeroFitnessTv . Both women have amazing videos for toning, tightening, and cardio that will definitely make you feel the burn. Did I mention all of this can be done in the comfort of your own home, can’t get no better than that!

 

xo,

Tahiry D

 

Published by Tahiry Devine

Hello to all, my name is Tahiry Devine and welcome to this sacred space of healing, encouragement, and community through the ideals of wombman-hood, Mothering, and awakening of the Divine Feminine as told through my journey. As a wombman of color, I aspire to share not only my spiritual journey and life hacks I have learned over the years but to collaborate with wombman all over who desire to share and walk in their Divine calling. Wholeness and Love

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