Tone It Up 2017 Bikini Series RESULTS – My Before and After

Hello and Happy Summer!

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you probably know that for the past 2 months I’ve been a part of the Tone It Up Bikini Series 2017. This is in no way a sponsored post – the program is free and I decided to do it on my own, with my neighbor, because I wanted to make some changes in the health department of my life.

{and I did! as you will see below!}

To get caught up on my previous Tone It Up posts + updates, check out these blogs:

On Starting the Tone It Up Bikini Series

One Week on the Tone It Up Bikini Series

One Month on the Tone It Up Bikini Series

So yeah, the Bikini Series is a 8 week long program with diet ‘guidelines’ and exercise plans from your Tone It Up Trainers to help you reach your goals.

For me, it had been a long winter and I was definitely eating + drinking way too much and not exercising at.all.

I was seriously in need of a reboot and this was the perfect reason – to get in shape for summer and do it alongside my friend, Kelly {who we recently did a juice cleanse together – she can talk me into anything} because, lets be honest – everything is more fun with a friend, and it totally helps to keep everyone accountable!

So here we go – my results:

{I can’t believe I’m posting this on the internet}

I have to say, I’m embarrassed to post this because I’m bummed out about how I look in the before picture, but HOT DAMN I’m PROUD of my after!

I feel like I have a brand new body – and it feels good. I’m a mom of two sweet boys that I carried for 9 months, nursed each of them for over a year and I’ve put my body through a lot, but progress shows!

I am 14lbs. down from where I started 2 months ago, and a little TMI but when I did my final weigh in this week I was starting my monthly cycle and I’m always heaviest at that time, so I expect the numbers to drop a bit more.

But seriously, it’s not about the numbers at all. Look at the pictures – every aspect is completely different.

And obviously a tan helps, but this is more than just a tan. And I did NO editing to these pictures.

I feel strong, and I feel like these pictures prove it!

This picture pretty much sums up how I feel.

Ok, so how did I do it? I made big changes to my diet.

I cut out all dairy and most carbs and sugar.

Yup.

I thought it would be WAY worse than it is. And looking at the results from making that change keeps me going.

{the boys ate the bread in this picture below} – but meals like this make it all worthwhile and delicious.

Protein + Vegetables + Fruit are life.

I only use Almond Milk in my coffee now and I think another big change was how I snacked – I used to snack with the boys, but how hummus, veggies + guacamole are my go-to.

I’m pretty sure I could survive solely on hummus + guac.

I am also working out. A lot.

I signed up for a local gym and make it work with my schedule to take classes at least 4 times a week. I am finding that my body craves more than just a run – it wants to LIFT WEIGHTS.

It hurts so good and I enjoy the challenge.

HIIT and Ropes classes are my new favorite things too. I need more than cardio to make my body what I want it to be – Strong.

I played lacrosse in college + travel soccer my entire life – so I think workouts like I grew up with as a kid challenge, push and motivate me.

All of which I love.

Of course I haven’t been perfect the entire 8 weeks. I celebrated my birthday, spent 3 weeks at the beach, spent a week down in Florida, a weekend in Hershey – I’ve been all over, its been a busy two months. But I have done the best I can making the smart, healthy decisions as best I can.

And even the hubs helped me out on my birthday – the cake was pretty much for the kids {because to Brooks, birthday = cake} and I got chocolate covered strawberries + Champagne!

Exactly what I wanted!

And I can honestly say that I’ve never been hungry. The fruits, vegetables + protein I’ve been eating keep me fuller for way longer.

Today my lunch consisted of – cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato + tahini sauce and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

I’m stuffed.

I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was ready for a change. Must like anything else, its all timing. And you have to change it up to get results, which is exactly what I did.

And I still got to enjoy my rosè along the way, so that made it all the more enjoyable and attainable.

So what’s next you say? Well, I’m going to keep on, keepin’ on! I don’t miss anything and I don’t feel restricted. If I want something, like a pizza, I can have a slice and make adjustments later in the day, or with my next workout. It’s all good.

But for the most part I plan to continue to stick to it. I have a goal in mind for myself and I know if I continue with this I will get there sooner than later – and it feels good!

I’d love to hear about any big changes you’ve made to your diet or lifestyle.

What has worked for you in the past when you want to make serious changes? Please share! 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jwnnifder June 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    You look great! Good job with the work and bravely posting the pictures!

  • Reply K June 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    You look fabulous and most importantly you can really tell from the photos how good you FEEL congrats!

  • Reply Johnna June 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Great job! You look fabulous!

    Unfortunately, there wasn’t much physical difference for me. But I had to remind myself that there was other progress! Like, I couldn’t do a normal push-up before the series. Now I can! I’m pretty proud of that. 🙂

  • Reply Kalyn @ Goal of Losing June 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    AWESOME JOB!!! I’m trying to lose a total of 100 pounds, myself! I’m about 30 pounds down now. Way to go on your progress! Losing weight as a mama is HARD! You did it!

  • Reply Jean June 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Impressive results! I’m doing a similar tone up/diet makeover right now. Great job!

  • Reply Patty June 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Wow – I’m totally in awe of how drastically your body has changed! You look fabulous and so strong! Kudos to you for a having the desire and wanting the change!

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