Sarah Goode Denver Blogger
Bikini Season is Coming...

Bikini Season is Coming...

I whole-heartedly agree with the message that any body is already a bikini body, you just throw on a bikini and there ya go. But let’s be real, most of us want to look and feel our best and feel confident in a bikini, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As the temps keep rising, we’re getting closer to summer (YAY!!) and closer to bikini season. I think that can be stressful for some people, but it definitely shouldn’t be. There are a few really easy things you can do to look and feel your best. And remember, NO ONE is looking at you or judging/critiquing your body. Trust me, most of us are much harsher on ourselves than anyone else is. If you feel confident and beautiful, you’ll radiate that same energy and nothing is sexier then confidence. So, these tips are really more to boost your confidence than to fix or change your body.

Alright, now that that’s out of the way… let’s get bikini ready.

Tip #1: Find your “why.”
If you want to change your diet, start working out or see any sort of change, you’re going to need motivation. And I can’t tell you what that is. But, once you find it, you also need a way to keep it. I think setting goals or intentions is great, and I keep them top of mind by writing them down. In fact, I write ‘em down again and again and again. I have a list of yearly goals, monthly goals, weekly goals and daily goals. For me, that works. For others, maybe you need a vision board or an app or a visual reminder somewhere. Again, you need to figure out what works, but goal setting and tracking is a great way to actually make your goals a reality. I also like to find ways to keep track of my progress on a daily basis. For example, wearing an Apple Watch has motivated me and helps me keep track of my activity level, and writing a list of daily goals or to-dos helps me remember what I need to do each day to be successful.

Tip #2: You are what you eat.
If you’re consuming lots of salt, soda, processed food or alcohol, you might be feeling a little (or a lot) bloated and blah. But don’t fret, it’s pretty easy to lose water weight and de-bloat. First of all, stop eating stuff that makes you bloated, duh! For a lot of us that’s salty and sugary foods, refined carbs and alcohol. Instead, drink lots and lots of water (something I need to work on) and eat whole foods that are high in fiber. Fruits and veggies like apples, pears, avocados, berries and carrots are great options, along with things like rolled oats, quinoa, chia seeds and chickpeas. Foods including asparagus, cabbage, celery, watermelon and pineapple are great natural diuretics, meaning they help with fluid retention and assist your body in flushing out toxins and excess sodium/water weight. I just recently discovered the magic that is GG crackers (OMFG), so if you’re really looking for some fiber try these out (warning: they are bland AF so definitely eat ‘em with some yummy dips, toppings or spreads like almond butter, hummus or guac).

But seriously, diet is key. No matter how hard you workout, you can’t counteract a bad diet so this step is an absolute must. As they say, “abs are made in the kitchen.” If you are eating tons of greasy, sugary, artificial crap… chances are you’re going to feel like crap, too. And even if you eat pretty healthy during the week, if you are binge drinking and eating high-calorie, processed food every single weekend, you're not doing yourself any favors. Focus on what you are putting into your body. And don’t let your progress be derailed by going cray cray on the weekends. The 80-20 rule is a good starting place for most and means that 80% of the time you eat healthy, nutrient-dense, clean food and the other 20 percent of the time you can treat yourself a bit and eat whatcha want. OK? Ok.

Tip #3: Get moving.
Whether it’s a 30 minute walk, a Pilates class (my personal fav) or going to the gym, getting some exercise in will definitely help your physical and mental health. Personally, I LOVE Pilates and take a 50 minute class about 5 times a week. I also love walking my dog two times a day. I was never someone who enjoyed working out so if I can find something I like, so can you! Plus, there are lots of easy ways to get in movement - especially in the summer - that don’t even feel like you’re working out. Try going for a walk or a hike with your friends, jump in a pool and do some laps, ride your bike or walk instead of driving, turn on some music and dance… you get the point.

Tip #4: Prep time.
There are so many easy things you can do to make yourself look and feel better, in a bikini, or whenever. First off, a tan can do wonders. And you don’t need a real one, either. In fact, I recommend not even trying to get a real one because sun damage and aging go hand in hand. Instead, try an at-home tanner or a spray tan. You will instantly look slimmer and won’t have to worry about sun damage - that’s win-win in my book. Second, prep your skin. I feel WAAAAY more confident when I have super soft (hairless) skin. Whether you wanna shave, wax, sugar or laser it off, I think almost all of us can agree that having our body - especially our bikini area - “cleaned up” boosts our confidence, particularly in a bikini. And last but not least, find a bikini or a one-piece that you love. There are soooooo many options out there. Yeah, it can be overwhelming, but you will feel so much more confident if you are wearing something you like. Don’t change your body to fit a particular suit or style that just ain’t doin’ it for ya. Fuck that suit and get one you like.

Tip #5: Smile and enjoy summer… it goes too fast.
I definitely like to make a conscious effort to eat healthy, work out and stay fit. But, you also have to live your life, treat yo self and be happy. Do not let yourself get so hung up on diet and fitness that you forget to live your life. If you set realistic goals for yourself, make an effort to eat healthy, make time for exercise and are consistent, give yourself a gold star because you’re doing great. Now, enjoy summer and rock that swimsuit.

And if no one has told you today, you’re beautiful, you deserve endless amounts of love and pizza, and you have a great butt.

What is your favorite part of summer? Let me know in the comments below! Mine is drinking iced matcha lattes, going for evening walks with my dog and summer nights.

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