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Bikini or Bust – Week 2

First of all – holy wow! I am so surprised and delighted by all the comments my first Bikini or Bust post received. You people are clearly amazing and I adore you all. (Especially my APW ladies… I am so grateful to be part of such an incredible community!) I feel like we’re all in this together, and I’m so excited to share a common goal with you all. Those of you who are local and offered to be workout buddies – I am going to take you up on that!

So Week One’s goal – eat breakfast everyday – has been quite a success. I think the only day I didn’t have breakfast was Saturday. I just got wrapped up in other things when I woke up and forgot, but other than that, I have diligently been getting up and making oatmeal for breakfast everyday. It’s pretty much the only breakfast food I can stomach, and I feel pretty good after eating breakfast. More productive. I’m going to keep this up and hopefully eating breakfast everyday will soon become a habit I don’t even have to think about or remind myself to do.

This week’s goal is about getting moving again. I’m still in the walking cast thing from my injury for two more weeks, so walking/jogging and biking – my go to activities – are out, but I think I should be able to swim. We actually have a pool in our building and I never take advantage of it. But I work from home and it’s always empty in the middle of the day – so I wouldn’t even have to be in my bathing suit in front of anyone except the life guard.

I was a very athletic kid – soccer, softball, swim team. My dad was also very athletic, and tried to get my brother and I playing some kind of game or sport from a young age. My brother was never super into it, so I ended up being the sports kid in our family. My dad coached my softball team and took us to the pool in the evenings to practice and swim laps. He was never pushy about it; he just wanted to share his genuine love of sports with us. When I got to high school I – very regrettably – gave everything up. I didn’t have a real reason – I was just busy being a teenager – and lost interest. I really wish I had stuck with softball; I still miss playing.

I’ve always known how important physical activity is thanks to my dad. I’m really grateful that he encouraged that so much when I was growing up. I haven’t been as active as I should have been the last few years, but I’ve always been aware of how important it is and that I really needed to get back into it. So Week Two’s goal is inspired by my dad for reminding me that every little bit counts and that we should never take our health for granted. The goal is to move for at least 15 minutes everyday – and I will probably accomplish that by swimming.

What is your favorite exercise activity? And what are your specific goals pertaining to that?

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  • I’m so jumping on the bandwagon for this! I love the small goals you set for yourself. I have been trying to move more as well, but tend to go up and down on that. I am playing soccer twice this week in pick-up games and starting the ‘couch to 5k’ series (again) too. I’m totally going to follow along and hope this motivates me to keep it going. I have a pedometer that I forget to put on, to track how many steps I take during the day. I should probably start up with that too. Good luck to you!!!

  • James and I LOVE swimming too! It’s a fun activity to do together that doesn’t feel so much like working out. We even set a date to go to a water park together in August! I can’t wait ! And the idea of having to THINK about remembering to eat breakfast is so foreign to me… I’ve been the kid my entire life who would feel nauseous or pass out in the shower if I didn’t eat first thing when I woke up. I go to bed looking forward to eating breakfast and drinking a latte in the morning! haha Is that weird? Anyway – keep it up lady!!! GO YOU!