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The Bikini or Bust Project

I can’t believe I’m going to go public with this, but… you all know I’m all about putting my goals out into the universe to become a reality. (Especially since it worked the last time. 2012 = some seriously awesome destination weddings!) Well, I have a new goal, and for the sake of accountability – I thought I ought to be open about it.

John and I just booked a trip we’ve been wanting to take for years. On May 12th of next year we will be headed to Maui for ten days, and I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously excited we are. It’s ten months away, and it’s all I’ve been able to think about this week. It’s kind of a major dream come true. We had originally wanted to elope there – and although I’m really glad we got married in New York City instead with all our friends and family around – we haven’t been able to shake the hope that we’d still get to take an incredible trip there. And now we actually are, and I still can’t believe it.

I’m just going to come out with it… I want to wear a bikini when I am walking on the beach in Maui. And not feel completely silly. I have never been a skinny girl. And I will never be a really skinny girl – I’m not built that way. I am fine with that. I have come to terms with the fact that I have a booty, and no matter how many miles I run, it ain’t going anywhere. I’m not super overweight or anything, but I don’t feel comfortable wearing a bikini. I don’t need a six pack, but I do want to tone up and feel more fit. It’s just a personal goal – I want to be able to feel comfortable and enjoy myself on what is a dream come true vacation.

So I’m putting it out there. Once I get over what is hopefully just a minor setback, I’m getting back into a good exercise routine, setting some little goals for myself, and thinking about what bikini I want to wear on the beach next May. I’m making it into a personal project for myself, and I plan to hold myself publicly accountable here, checking in and marking my progress. Every week I thought I’d set a new small goal, and I will share what’s working for me and what’s not. I don’t really have a specific weight goal, because it’s more about how I feel about myself than what the scale says. I am going to be measuring inches I’ve lost, and I may share that along the way.

My main inspiration – aside from the sheer self-indulgent vanity of wanting to wear a bikini – is my husband. In the past year he has gotten himself into a really good fitness routine, and I’ve watched him transform in an amazing way into a much healthier person than when I met him. I’ve been so proud of him. While I’ve always been pretty good about staying physically active, since I’ve started my business, everything – including my health – has been put on the back burner. And as I approach my 30s, I want that decade to be all about living a healthy life and balance. Balancing my work, my personal life. Right now I feel incredibly jumbled, and I just don’t think it’s good for my mental or physical health.

So… Bikini or Bust Project Week One starts now! And the goal this week (which can’t be physical since I can’t use my foot yet) is to eat a healthy breakfast everyday. I’m so bad about eating breakfast – I am just one of those people who can’t eat when they wake up. And often I won’t eat anything until 1 or 2pm. Which is SO bad. So that’s the goal for the week… getting into a routine of eating breakfast everyday. I’ll let you know how it’s going next week, and I’ll be back with another goal. If you want to follow along and share you own goals, stories, and experiences that would be amazing, and I encourage you to do so! I’d love for this to become a group project!

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  • Jasmine E.

    You can do it!! South Beach Diet or Weight Watchers are awesome!! lol Good luck!!

  • what a great goal!
    We booked out trip to Orlando only 30 days out; 25 left. I’ve been trying to get in the groove all year. Before I went to the awesome bobbi+mike workshop in April, I lost 19lbs and was stoked, but I completely lost momentum on that trip and gained 9 back. I keep setting goals and missing them. Then resetting them.
    July 1 I was back on the wagon, already IN my 30’s and heading towards MID 30’s I too want to remember what’s left of this decade as healthy and happy.
    Now that we’re going to SeaWorld in less than 25 days I’m all about not being confused with the whales. I’ve found the cardiotrainer app, and I even paid the 9.99 for it, which is silly, but I’m a firm believer in interval training and when I (drag my butt out of bed at 6:15am) and do my morning thing, I like someone to yell at me to go faster every 2 minutes) Plus, I thrive on gadetry and statistics and this track pretty much everything ever, with out looking for exacting calorie input. You can even set it to remind you to eat breakfast!
    Anyway, it’s crazy what a goal can do.. in Zumba when I want to quit I just think Orlando Orlando and I work harder. Same with jogging when I want to die before my interval is up. Hasn’t killed me yet!
    I’m excited you’re on this journey!
    Bikini or Bust, Baby!

  • That’s an awesome goal! I had the same one when my wife and I went to Maui this past January…well almost the same goal, just swap the bikini for swim trunks. Just remember…. “nothing tastes as good as looking good feels”

  • You rock and are so brave to put this out into the world! I am so excited to follow your journey!!! Xoxo

  • I will totally do this with you. It’s too late for today (Breakfast was bagel w/ cream cheese and Mt Dew), but I’ll def keep up with it tomorrow!

  • rahh! I agree, it’s a lot easier to follow through on things when you’ve put it out there, definitely brave of you to come out and talk about this kind of thing, in such a smart way.

    I have Heard of this not-eating-breakfast phenomenon, but I just can’t imagine it.. I am the surliest ball of GRUMP if I don’t get breakfast and coffee first thing. anyway great goal to start with, hope you can find something your morning stomach agrees with!

    I have a general goal of eating more fruits and veggies. I eat a lot of carbs and dairy and protein, need to figure out a way to make veggies and fruit part of every meal.. if you have any ideas on that front, let me know! and I will be following along on your progress as I work on my own goals. yay!

  • You–and this–are awesome! We are going to the Amalfi Coast in September for our honeymoon and everyday I don’t feel like working out or want to eat a box of cookies, I remind myself of the 300+ stairs to the apartment we’re renting. It’s incredibly motivating. And that’s really what’s it’s all about for me–being about to do everything I want to do and feel good doing it! And the bikini part will follow naturally. :)

  • I am totally going to do this with you. I look fine in a bikini, but I am seriously out of shape — I’m gonna take part in this to bust the idea that skinny people are always healthy because hi, we’re not.

    Once your foot gets better we’re going to have a bikini or bust boxing session. Got that Goulah? :)

    Also, for healthy breakfast you can’t go wrong with oatmeal. Have it with some fruit, a dollop of yogurt and a little bit of wheat germ and you’ll feel like health incarnate.

  • You are so brave.

    Yesterday, I started what I call my “get hot again” plan, which a few years ago was my “get even hotter” plan. I could also refer this new initiative as my “I must fit my clothes again” fitness goal. Last night, I went for a walk/jog along the hillside by which we live. While I was running up the slope, my heart about to beat out of my chest, I wondered about how many bugs I might be eating while gasping for air with my mouth unable to close. A mile and a half later, I was ready to call it a night. Tonight, after reading your inspiring post, I am going to shoot for three miles.

    My husband makes me steel cut oatmeal with the rice cooker on timer. I add a little almond milk and some golden raisins to my bowl in the morning, and voila breakfast.

    My problem is that I am a sugar addict. :-/

  • Dina

    Aww!!!! Good luck! If you need a workout buddy, let me know. We still live close and I’m seriously, always trying something new :D :D :D

  • Steph

    I’m in on this one too! The husband and I have decided to head to Europe for xmas for a ski trip but at this point I’m so unfit I won’t be able to pick myself up when I fall on my butt on the slopes. I find when I eat healthier I feel more enthused about the thought of exercising.
    I’ve had past successes around weight loss goals but my prob is sticking to it after I get to that goal. I lost 22 pounds for our wedding by giving up drinking but a life without wine is hardly a life so i’ve started again. A few years back I lost just over 65 pounds a few years back with exercise and Jenny Craig but that gets expensive quickly and I’m very good at making excuses for not exercising. For example; today i’m too jetlagged to exersise…or to do any work whilst I’m in the office :P
    Yogurt topped with muesli/granola in summer, oatmeal or porridge in winter and a piece of wholemeal toast are always quick, easy and light breaky options that don’t leave me feeling heavy and sluggish for eating so early in the morning

  • I love this. I am actually working on eating breakfast and being more active than not. It’s so hard to get back into, but I find that I’m way more happy with myself if I eat mindfully and stay active. What a difference it makes. I mean, maybe I don’t look that different in a bikini, but I will feel different.

    So, I’m with you!!!

  • Coming to this a little late but I saw your week 4 post and was inspired. I have seriously let myself go this year and just this week decided that enough was enough. My foot is in a boot for another 4 weeks (torn ligament) but I am going to try and make some small changes until I can hit the gym. Thank you for the inspiration!