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TIU Bikini Series: Week 1

I’m a little late posting this as the second week of the challenge has already begun, but better late than never. Here we go!

The Meals

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I’m a picky eater, so I was most worried about sticking to the Tone it Up meal plan, but so far it’s been pretty easy. Here’s a look at what I ate this week.

Breakfast: 1 cup of Barbara’s High Fiber Medley Original and TIU Bombshell spell

Mid-morning snack: Blueberry protein chia muffins (So good!)

Lunch: K & Kale salad – kale, sliced red peppers, red onion and carrots topped with chicken and dressed with balsamic dressing.

Afternoon snack: Sliced red peppers, baby carrots and celery with a pesto dip.

Dinner: Chickpea pasta with butter (used sparingly), a tiny bit of olive oil and black pepper. I made one other dinner last week, but I can’t remember what it was!

The Workouts

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The workouts were a mix of strength training or HIIT followed by cardio a few days a week. The longest workout was 40 minutes and the shortest was 25. I’m a huge fan of the TIU workouts, so I knew this portion of the plan wouldn’t be a problem. All of the workouts can be done at home with minimal equipment – dumbbells, a yoga mat, resistance bands. The videos didn’t disappoint. I was sore by the end of the week, but in a good way. I can already see more definition in my arms.

Overall Impression

I was happy with my consistency. I got in all of my workouts and I stuck to the meal plan with just a few minor slip-ups. The hardest part for me has been the meal prep. While it makes the rest of my week much easier, it takes a lot of time on Sunday to chop my vegetables, cook my meat and prepare my snacks. That’s taken some getting used to. I have enjoyed the minimal cooking during the week though.

That’s it for week one of the Bikini Series challenge. Week two is already in full swing. I’ll post a recap next week.

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