Every January, it’s the same story: When the holidays have ended, you’re left with Christmas cookie guilt and jeans that fit a little too tight. I’m no stranger to post-holiday diet regrets (I love my spiked cider just as much as the next girl). But, just because you enjoyed good food and drinks the past few weeks doesn’t mean that you can’t bounce back this month. That said, today I’m revisiting one of my all-time favorite fitness posts.
This 7 Days to Skinny Jeans Re-Boot plan will have you feeling healthy, energized, and refreshed in a week’s worth of time. Take a peek below to see my trusty diet tips, workout routines, and plenty of healthy, balanced recipes you can start making right away. Hello, skinny jeans!
First Things First
Before we get into the exercises and recipes, it’s important to start off by setting a focused goal. In this case, that goal is fitting into those skinny jeans. “Skinny jeans” can mean something different to each person, whether it’s your favorite dress or a fitted top. But, no matter what it is, write down your goal and hang it up somewhere you will see it every day, like your bathroom mirror. This way you will be motivated to stay on track all seven days — and hopefully beyond.
The same rules apply from my first 7 Days to Skinny Jeans post. Here’s a refresher on those guidelines: Commit! Keep your eyes on the prize, and if possible, enlist a partner in crime. It's always easier when you have a buddy for support! Drink lots of water! At least 8-10 glasses a day, or click here to find out exactly how much you need. Pick one exercise to do every day (save one day for rest), pick one meal from each category for each day, and pick one snack for each day. I like to have a snack between lunch and dinner, but the timing is really up to you. Avoid soda, sugary baked goods, and processed foods all together. Think of it as a junk food cleanse. And, if possible, try to sneak in your exercise before breakfast. Otherwise, just make sure you squeeze it into your schedule. This is the most important part!
10-minute blended green smoothie
Non-fat Greek yogurt topped with walnuts, a handful of berries (or sliced banana) and a light drizzle of agave nectar
Overnight Oats topped with bananas
One omelet muffin with salsa
Egg white omelet with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese
One slice of toast with two hard-boiled eggs and a side of grapefruit or pineapple
Tone It Up’s protein pancakes
Crunchy, spicy hummus wrap
Salmon tacos (substitute the tortillas for lettuce and eat as a salad)
Grilled chicken, white fish, or tofu served with a side of steamed vegetables
1 bowl of easy vegan chiliwith a piece of Ezekiel bread
Chicken salad sandwich
Mason jar kale salad and a cup of chicken vegetable soup
Easy apricot chicken with a side of quinoa (or millet) and steamed broccoli
Quinoa pizza bites and a small side salad
Baked pesto chicken with a small kale chef’s salad
Veggie stir fry
Low-carb zucchini lasagna
Any of the recipes from my Busy Girl Snacks post
1 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 avocado with a handful of sunflower seeds and 1 teaspoon of honey
Kale chips & guacamole
1/2 cup of bran cereal with almond milk and a few berries
30 minutes of cardio (running, kickboxing, elliptical, swimming, step aerobics, etc.)
One hour of yoga, Pilates, or Barre Method
My fat-burning treadmill workout
Circuit: 100 jumping jacks, 20 crunches, 20 squats, 10 push ups, 25 bench dips (you can do this using a chair), 60 second wall sit, 60 second plank (repeat two times)
One hour hike with steady incline
The Quickie (my 1 hour workout in 30 minutes)
As you can see, everything in this weeklong plan is healthy and good for you. I truly believe that when we feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside. No matter how many cocktails you had over the holidays, if you stick to this plan for one week you will start feeling better immediately. Then, see if you can keep the good work up for another week…hopefully this plan will turn into healthy new habits. I’ll be starting this plan tomorrow, so let’s help each other do it together.
Will you join me in my 7 Days to Skinny Jeans plan?
Be sure to check in with your progress each day in the comments below. And, on day seven, snap a photo of yourself in those good old skinny jeans and instagram it with the hashtag #LC7daystoskinnyjeans. My team will might even give your photo a double tap!