Nothing says summer like fun new suits, both swim and sweat from Victoria Secret. I no longer get the Victoria Secret magazine, I am more sensitive to what comes into my home having little kids, this is my own personal preference. But I do love to check out and purchase Victoria Secrets lounge and swim virtually here and there. Today I am sharing what is on my summer wish list.
My goal this swim season is to embrace every moment of sun that I possibly can. I love swimming, and so do my kids. I don’t want to be insecure of what I look like in a swimsuit so that I miss out on experiences with my children.
I love my body, is that okay to say. I know I have been blessed, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have insecurities like everyone else.
It has taken me 27 years to appreciate, like and accept that I have curly hair – like really curly wild hair – and just recently I have started to like it.
I have major scoliosis (I have an “S” in my spine), and one of my breastplates is significantly more forward then the other, causing me to be lopsided. I got an augmentation to correct it, but, lucky for me, I only am also only able to nurse on one side. Causing yet again unevenness.
I am not going to stop nursing my baby because of how I look: I was pregnant for 9 months – a little lopsidedness is nothing after that 🙂
But what I am going to do is love myself and have fun with my children. I will avoid all the lame excuses and just shop for my body type. I love the prices and styles at Target. I also do my grocery shopping there so it makes it very convenient for me. Don’t visit Target frequently? No problem! Target has free shipping and free returns so you can try on as many swimsuits as you would like and return what doesn’t work.
How to pick the perfect suit. I personally choose swimwear that flatters my body and reduces attention to the chest, that is my problem area. I don’t like to outline them or wear too revealing of suits. My favorite style is bandeau one pieces. I try not to stere too far away from them. If your problem area is your stomach, I recommend wearing a one piece. If your problem area are your thighs or bottom I recommend a tankini paired with a short or a skirt. If you need additional help with this please email me or comment below.
So ask yourself, what has held you back from not wanting to swim and has gotten in the way and lead you to miss out on summer activities and soaking up the sun with friends and family?
I would love to help all of you love yourself and have the best memorial summer yet. I am going to encourage you to take the #NOFOMO pledge with me get a suit that flatters you and share a pic with me using the #NOFOMO on instagram.
Find your style @TargetStyle
As my last January post, I just want to clarify the psychology behind my diet and answer all your questions you have brought up to me.
If you have to “nuke” it, you shouldn’t consume it *microwave
In a perfect world my kids wouldn’t need a microwave or a tv 🙂 I started getting really into not giving my children processed foods, hot dogs, popcorn, deli meat, macaroni ect. since recently having a loved one pass away from pancreatic cancer
The whiter the bread, the sooner your dead *wheat bread only
Wheat bread is good fiber and helps stay regular
I don’t salt their food I don’t butter their food *once on your lips, forever on your hips
I am a believer of healthy fat, my kids love avocados and we do eat butter when it’s in a recipe or salt in a recipe. I just don’t butter unnecessarily or salt more than needed
We don’t make dessert – but we do go out for treats a lot
If you want a treat in our house we have to go out and get it. Which does happen, but we do not bake or buy cookies, chips ect b/c I don’t want myself or family grazing on them as snacks -out of sight out of mind
I do stock up on lots of raspberries, goldfish, applesauce, grapes, cheese and peppers
I never make them finish their plates *rather have it go to waste then end up on our waist
We make our kids listen to their bodies instead of forcing them to eat more than they can handle.
What’s up with the no organic? Not that you have to buy everything organic, but there are the “dirty dozen” that are better to buy organically.
I am not familiar with the “dirty dozen” but I don’t believe everything has to be organic i.e. I think a carrot is a carrot organic or not. I have become more about readability on labels than looking for the word organic on packaging.
Now if Slim-Fast could clean up some of their ingredients we’d be good to go.
Why do you care that your 4 year old son has a six pack?
I have never encouraged him to have one. I was just blown away that he didn’t just have abs, but he had all 6 packs in tact. I am not taking credit. I however do believe in providing your kids with healthy food options, that’s where I will take credit.
I can’t believe you make your kids drink their calories.
I do not make my kids “drink themselves skinny” but I don’t feed them anything that I wouldn’t eat myself. I make 90% of their food. I workout not on their time, but my own.
You starve your daughter and you brag about it.
This is obsurd! Yes she didn’t double her 6 lb birthweight by the age of one. I only brought that up because Briton more than doubled his 7.5 lb birthweight at 6 weeks.
In my defense before her year appointment I had just stopped nursing her, which did cause her to loose weight. We found out she was both tongue and lip tied and she is proportionate. Yes I felt awful about this and l have never encouraged her to be small. Her nickname is “Littles” because she is. She is growing and gaining at her own pace and we just love her the way she is. She is my little “Holly(Polly) -Pocket”
I am not anorexic nor am I encouraging it.
I actually love my lifestyle and my diet. It works. I have tried EVERYTHING and this is what works for me. I love that I am eating all day long, I am able to enjoy big dinners with my family eat desserts and be at my most comfortable weight.
I actually don’t talk about my weight or about diets because I am comfortable in my own skin. Which I believe is healthy for children to see.
I have no choice other than to use my time very wisely when it comes to working out. I combine weight training and cardio all together. Below I am sharing all my tricks in how to get the results I want in 30 mins.
Here are my 6 tricks to effectively run on the treadmill : Combining Weight Training with Cardio
- Cover the screen. First off the only way I run on the treadmill is by covering the screen. I always put a piece of paper or use a jacket to put over it.
- Play with the buttons. Mix it up if you start getting bored don’t get afraid to switch it up.
- Increase your incline. Nothing shapes my legs and hits the targeted areas like changing my incline. If you are running intervals or warming up I suggest starting at an incline or “resting/walking” on a dramatic incline.
- Never run at just a ‘0’. My flat run always starts at 1. You will notice a huge increase in calories burned by doing this alone.
- Super Set Sprints. I love doing sprints. I will run five mins on a 7 or 8 and then do five mins at a 4 or 5 at an aggressive incline. I do that 3-4 times and I feel the workout all over my body. And I know you will too.
- When I am at home I usually run with hand gloves, this shapes my arms without ever having to lift a single weight.
I have never seen results like I have when I combine all these tricks in one. I know you will see results too 🙂
I am sharing my diet again, this time with measurements and with a clearer explanation, along with some variations. I also was able to go to the grocery store (snow storm Jonas flooded our streets so I took photos using the wrong powder last time) Thanks for all your questions and emails the other day, I hope this answers all your questions.
Slim-Fast – 1 scoop
Prune Juice – 1/4 cup or less
Peanut Butter – 1 1/2 TBS
Fruit – 1 whole banana or 1/3 cup of fruit of your choice
Ice – 1 cup 8-9 cubes
Water – 1/2 cup
A cute assistant is the cherry on top 🙂
This recipe makes 24-26 ounces and I drink the whole thing by myself, I call this breakfast. 🙂
I had some questions from people who work at offices and don’t have access to a blender. I recommend getting a Magic Bullet, its a small portable blender. If that is not doable you should drink a Muscle Milk along with eating some fruits and veggies.
If you have anymore questions you can always ask 🙂
The other day my sister sent me this pic. I originally thought she sent it to show me that Hudson’s socks were mismatched lol he does dress himself- and then my eyes narrowed in on his six pack!
Super proud mom moment. I was so impressed with Hudson and truthfully shocked! We have been traveling so much and he has not been in any sports or any official activities.
If you ask Hudson how he got his 6 pack or advice on how to get one, because you’d be surprised how many people ask him and that he has advice 🙂 He says you need to play REALLY hard, not kinda hard REALLY hard and then you’ll have one 🙂
Hudson really does just that. If you follow my instagram(@birdalamode) you might not know who I am currently talking about, I have a son named Hudson. You probably wouldn’t know that because he is always playing REALLY hard and never has time to take pictures. 🙂
I am not super strict with diet and am not a believer of organic. I do cook most of our meals, that is if occasion allows.
Here is an outline of my beliefs with my children and their nutrition
*our sayings are meant to be funny and harmless 🙂
- If you have to “nuc” it, you shouldn’t consume it *microwave
- The whiter the bread, the sooner your dead *wheat bread only
- I don’t salt their food
- I don’t butter their food *once on your lips, forever on your hips 🙂
- We don’t make dessert – but we do go out for treats a lot
- I never make them finish their plates *rather have it go to waste then end up on our waist
- We always pat the grease off our pizza *mostly because its unnecessary oil, it is messy and always hot.
We do on the other hand
- Let our kids eat sugary cereal (cinnamon toast crunch is their fav!)
- Let them have seconds *kids know their bodies and when they are hungry and when they are full
- We always get “carnival food” and lots of it wherever we are movies, boardwalk, fair, vacations ect
We are just normal. We do not cause any anxiety towards food. We enjoy good meals and encourage our active children to eat. It’s up to us as parents to provide good food options, which is why I limit drive throughs, take the time to read ingredients on food labels and finally started to cook well rounded meals.
If you need any ideas on healthy kid meal ideas let me know below:)