Punta Cana Progress | 3 Months To Go

Three months from today, my husband and I fly off to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We haven’t been on a tropical vacation since our honeymoon in St. Maarten in 2008, a year after our wedding. We are extremely excited. His parents were great in agreeing to watch the kids at our house for a week so we can make this happen.

All excitement aside, I’m definitely eager to get more “bikini-ready”. Yes, I wear a bikini now, but I’m a far cry from how I used to look in one. I’ve been getting back to being a lot more consistent with my workouts over the last few months, but I know I’m going to have to give an extra push during this next three months. I plan to update here once a month on my progress and what my plan is, how I’m doing with it, etc.

Here are my current measurements (my height is 5’7″):

Currently, my fitness plan includes going to 5:30am boot camp/barre classes on Mondays and Wednesdays; and going to the gym for strength training (rotating working legs/glutes, chest/triceps and back/shoulders) and cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6am before work. I also do a boot camp barre class followed by a traditional barre class on Saturday mornings. As far as working out, I definitely think I’m doing a lot, but I would like to add in running. It would be nice to even be able to get in around 10 miles a week.

My diet has gotten a lot better too, but I know there are places I can cut back – margaritas and Mexican restaurant nights, wine, etc. I definitely need to focus on that in order to reach my fitness goals. I want to focus on at a minimum, not having any alcohol on weeknights. No more wine just to unwind. It definitely helps that I start back to online school next week as I’ll be spending most of my evenings studying. Weekend drinking, I’ll try to reserve to special events only…not just drinking because it’s the weekend (hard in the summertime!) As far as breakfasts and lunch at work, I’m pretty good. I bring stuff to make grilled chicken salads all week (no fatty dressings) and breakfast is usually egg whites and turkey sausage, or a protein smoothie. Snacks generally are pretty clean as well. I love to use MyFitnessPal to track my calories and nutrients. When I’m using it consistently, I definitely feel I’m keeping myself more in check. I highly recommend it if you need a calorie tracker.

As far as what my end goal is, I don’t have an exact number or inches measurement. I’ve creeped up to a size 9 jean and I’d really love to be down to around a 6. I am not sure I can accomplish that in three short months, but I’ll try my hardest. I am a big believer that the number on the scale is not indicative of fitness, but because I know my body pretty well, I’d say ideally I’d like to see around 15 lbs come off by the time I go to Punta Cana. And overall as the months go on after Punta Cana, I think my healthiest weight would be somewhere in the 135-140 range (taking into consideration my height and muscle mass gain).

This is me in St. Maarten in 2008 – If I remember correctly, I was around 128-130 lbs here, and as much as I would love to get down to that, reality is that this was only post-one child, not three, and I was 25 (maybe it’s attainable, but I’m going to take it day by day):

I realize I’m not too far gone or anything, but my own personal feeling is that I want to work hard and be better. My husband always says he loves me just the way I am (which I am grateful for), but sometimes you just have something in mind for yourself and if you have the drive and motivation to work for it, you should.

I hope you’ll follow along on this journey and support me through it. Do you have any fitness goals of your own? Do you share a journey on your own blog? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to follow along and support you!

Morgan is a 30-something artist living in Charleston, SC with her husband and their three kids. She has a California Boho fashion and décor sense and lives a healthy lifestyle.