Gym Bunny Holiday Essentials
I went to Portugal for a week at Easter. I was in the best shape of my life before I left. I was dying to get into a bikini. I got the bikini shot and then ate and drank all around me. I didn't just eat what I wanted - I binged. I went to the gym a few times but it was followed by beer, cream eggs and more beer. Look at the difference in this photo. Friday to Tuesday! I swole up from all the bad food and drink. I had an amazing time! But thinking back I could have done it a bit smarter, enjoyed myself just as much and not have come home 12 pounds heavier (yes, 12 pounds! I didn't think that was possible!!).
So this time round I am going to do things differently! I am going to Balaton Sound on Wednesday. It is a dance music festival on a man-made beach beside a hot lake in Hungary. All the big DJs are playing including Tiesto, Afrojack, Faithless, Nicky Romero to name a few. It's going to be mad! I'm so excited! And I'm so excited to show off my hard work but as always, I could have done a bit more! I want to still feel good a few days into the holiday so this is what I am going to bring to help me stay in line. I will be drinking and I will be eating on the fly so this is just some damage limitation.
I always want to treat myself when I am away so I am going to make sure that I have the best treats possible! I called into the Malahide branch of Bodyfirst Nutrition (in the mall across from Gibneys). I got a mixed box of 12 of my favourite bars so I have no excuse to reach for other sweet treats!
I will be doing some resistance training every morning (more on that in a sec!) so it's good to have some protein after that and throughout the day. I haven't bought a tub of Scitec before but I've had plenty of samples and all the flavours are so good so I went for a tub of chocolate flavour. I will probably get some oats over there to have with it if we have a microwave. Scitec are actually a Hungarian brand and I believe they will have a booth at the festival so I'll have to go check them out!
The Amino Energy is not as strong as a pre-workout but will be a bit of a pick-me-up if I'm not feeling too fresh!
The music goes on until 6am every night/morning! I doubt I'll last that long but I imagine sleep will be rare so I'm packing some of the hi-caffeine coffee from Bewleys. I usually use this as a pre-workout. I can really feel the difference!
I'm not sure what my main meals will be like but I'll try and focus on remembering that I want to look and feel great and hopefully that will keep me away from pizza and chips but "holiday mode" is a powerful thing!!
Exercise-wise, I am so excited to get the ko8 in action! It's a suspension and resistance trainer. So it's like a TRX on steroids. It can do everything normal suspension trainers do but it has the option to use resistance too, essentially a cable machine! It's like a portable gym! I'm going to try and take some videos of me using it to show how versatile it is - either in the hotel room or on the beach! I have my Push/Pull/Legs routines planned.
Now there is no point in feeling good without looking good is there!? Thankfully my skin has almost cleared up completely since I started using the products from Biofresh so I am going to bring them all away with me. You won't find me wearing double wear on the beach!! I will feel so much more comfortable in the Bellapierre mineral foundation. I will be hot and sweaty but these products don't clog your pores so I should be fine!
I can tan but it will take some time and a lot of hours in the sun (the joys of being a red head!) so I would usually get a spray tan when I'm going away for a week or less. However I have fallen in love with the Vibe Mousse from Black Magic Tan. They are an Australian brand recently launched in Ireland. I was sent this bottle of mousse to try and I will never look back! It lasts for ages compared to other tans and it actually applies really well so I don't even feel the need to go find somebody to spray me! I will bring it along with me in case I need to top it up.
I suppose bloggers normally would show all the clothes they are planning to wear while they are away? You can just take for granted that whatever I am wearing is from Penneys unless stated otherwise! If there is an interest in it, I will do a 'What I Wore' when I get home.... Haha I really am a blogger now ;)