Bikini Body Ready

A few weeks ago I stumbled into Aerie and impulsively bought a bikini. Then I wondered what I was thinking. Then I started exercising.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

A few weeks ago I stumbled into Aerie (American Eagle lingerie store) and impulsively bought a bikini. I must have read some article that said flat-chested women should wear a ruffled bikini top, and Aerie had one, and I bought it because magazines are always right.

Bikini Ready Girl

Except my bikini is dark blue with green dots.

Then I remembered that I haven't worn a bikini since before my first-grader was born, and my enthusiasm waned when I thought about wearing these two tiny bits of fabric to the kiddie pool. All the other moms will have on about twelve times as much fabric, except for the mom with the fake boobs and the mom with her entire body tattooed (or maybe that's just the flavor of our local pool). I also realized that bikinis look best when you're standing or lying down -- not when you're sitting, which is what I do most of the time to watch my kids.

Enter...ChaLean. About four months ago a friend lent me the ChaLean workout DVD's, and I put them in a prominent place and ignored them. After I bought the bikini, you can bet your ready-to-be-toned bottom that I was ready to work out. Unfortunately for me, 6am is the only consistent time I have to work out 5 times a week. Fortunately, ChaLean is motivational and makes me feel energized. Even if you walk or run regularly, strength training is all-important for maintaining overall health.

chalean extreme

Quick & Dirty:

ChaLean takes about 30-45 minutes, 5 times per week. I've done part of P90X before, and ChaLean is by far more realistic for my fitness needs and temperament. I don't have time to work out for longer periods of time or more days each week, and Chalene Johnson is much nicer at 6am than Tony the P90 guy. Besides the workout DVD's, you can do all the workouts with a few dumb bells or with an inexpensive exercise band.

If you're looking for a few specific exercises to incorporate on your own, here are some additional sources:

Last Minute Beach Body by Women's Health

The Bikini Workout by SparkPeople

Bikini Belly Bootcamp by Shape

Keep in mind that no one needs to look like these exercise models. I used to be an athlete who never worried about bikini season because I was already in shape, but years and kids later make me realize that I'm not caring for my body appropriately. For me, the bikini is just a motivator in my quest to be strong and energetic, and THAT makes me happy.

What's your swim suit style? Tell me I won't be the only bikini mom this summer!

Note: I didn't receive anything from ChaLean or any other exercise company. This is just me, talking about what's happening in my life.

Other posts...

Healthy Living for Mom: One Change At A Time

Does P90X Work?

Quick and Healthy Meal Tips for Summertime

Related

gratitude body image healthy yoga

Cultivating Gratitude For Your Body

We live in a weight- and body-shape-obsessed society, and it’s easy (and normal) to develop body dissatisfaction.

PFC CAM

JENNIFER’S JOURNEY: Life as a Mom at a Live-In Weight Loss Camp

Every week I resolve to “start tomorrow” to lose weight, exercise, be healthier and give up my beloved Diet Coke. Well that “tomorrow” never seemed to arrive until one night there came a turning point...

happy family portrait having fun

Body Movin' After Babies

How old was your baby when you started working out again? And when do you find the time?

Healing Mama: Tips for Postpartum Life

A TodaysMama.com staffer gives an authentic account of postpartum life and offers the kind of advice we wish we had received before we gave birth.

Healthy Hands for Nail Polish series

How to Stop Nail Biting: Healthy Hands for Nail Polish Series

I got sidetracked and did some research about my nail biting. What I found out put a new perspective on it, and gave me newed reason to quit.

Best Baby Music

Best Baby Music Lullabies

I started to sing a lullaby. Then I realized I didn't know any lullabies. Save yourself the anguish and choose one of these baby music albums.

My Postnatal Depression Made Me a BETTER Mom

My Postnatal Depression Made Me a BETTER Mom

I thought I'd recognize Postnatal Depression it if it hit me. I didn't. The first time I realized something was wrong, I was already on my way to familicide.

anxiety nail biting

9 Signs You Might Have An Anxiety Disorder

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from depression and anxiety, and it's no surprise -- when you look at anxiety carefully -- that these two disorders often go hand-in-hand.