Shape Up: The Off-Limits List (to Your Bikini Body)

Shape Up: The Off-Limits List (to Your Bikini Body)
Hey guys, it’s Alex! This month we are kicking off our Bikini Body Countdown (for me, this is my “Bridal Body Countdown”) to go along with all of the fun health and fitness blogs we’ve been posting. Yes, it may be January, but it’s never too early to start getting healthy and in shape so we thought we’d present you with a challenge to get the countdown started: The Off-Limits List. Each month, nix one of the above (but feel free to substitute your dietary vices to tailor this to your needs…a few suggestions: chocolate, white bread, late-night snacking etc.) and commit.

We love this gradual plan since you will see changes in your physique without cutting everything out all at once (which we don’t recommend). As you may already know, we are not fans of unhealthy, crash diets. Crash dieting is never good—we want to encourage you to make healthier choices now so you don’t stress about the scale later.

Personally, I like the idea of giving this plan a try because it is not only a great way to flex your willpower (it’s like a muscle, remember?); it’s a nice way to break bad habits. It’s been said that it takes 21 days to break or create a habit. By giving up one of your vices each month you will also be working to rid yourself of a negative habit (I’m sure that I am not alone when I say that I’d love to get rid of my incurable sweet tooth and habit of reaching for a chocolate around 4pm each day). So give this a try and we will check in each month to see how everyone is doing! The light at the end of the tunnel? By the time bikini season rolls around, you will be in tip-top shape. Especially for those of you who are doing Lauren’s Get Fit Quick Plan!

Let me know if you’re going to join our Bikini Body Countdown by giving this Off-Limits List a try in the comments below. If you decide to give up different things, tell us about your personalized monthly breakdown, too.

Cheers to a new year, and an improved and healthier you!

Xx Alex
Team LC

P.S. Love all the comments about St. Patty’s! Remember, you can change it up so that this makes sense for your schedule!

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Categories: Alex Gariano, Get Fit, Health, Shape Up
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  • With Love, Mairi <3

    Sure ill give it a go. I want to lose weight for my grade 8 graduation

  • Brittany Kniceley

    I think this is awesome! Going to do this! Just sad that march is no alcohol when my birthday is march 7th! :( Sparkling cider her I come! Good luck to everyone!

  • Sarah Chase

    These are all good ideas- but the “”sugar”” one is a little vague. No sugar at all? Or no added sugar? So much of what we eat naturally has sugar in it (ie fruits and some vegetables). The body does need carbs and glucose in order to function properly, just in the right amounts and with the right foods.

  • Willow Jarosh

    It is cumulative? For example, by the time you get to June, are you still cutting out all of the stuff from the previous months? Fun idea!!!

  • Rachel Zimmer

    Definitely doing this! Saw this on pinterest and thought about it…now I’m seeing it again so I know it is meant to be! Might change one to not eating past a certain time at night!

  • Melissa Panici

    I love it and am definately going to join you! I have been doing really good on Lauren’s Get Fit Quick Plan. Her everyday workouts are killing my abs but I feel great! Thanks for the motivation!!

  • Laura White

    Great idea! I can totally handle that! Goodbye sweets!

  • enchanted13

    I am totally going to try this. But I think for the sweets I am going to try to cut back on a different sweet each month (eg. chocolates one month, cookies the next, chips the next, and so on). I will have to think about what to cut out for March since I don’t drink anyway. And what exactly is gluten? I am seeing it everywhere but I don’t really know what it is.

    Hopefully this will work to get me started on eating healthy and exercising because I want to look amazing for the One Direction concert I am going to mid-June!!!

    Good luck to everyone. I know it’s going to be hard for me!

  • Kaylyn

    I am totally doing this! When I saw Lauren’s Get Fit Quick plan I instantly thought “”Great way to start getting fit for bikini season!””. Thanks for this, I will definitely be cutting this stuff out. I usually dont eat a lot of things on the list, but my kryptonite is sweets! ESPECIALLY in the afternoon! Will be a toughy but I am going to do it!

  • Alba Cuci

    This is great! I love the idea of gradually building a clean diet. Only, I don’t know why you should cut out gluten? There are no health benefits to cutting gluten, unless you want to use it to cut carbs. Gluten is fine, unless you are allergic to it.

  • Amanda Gongleski

    But.. but… St. Patty’s Day… is in March… no alcohol?! I may need to alter the order of these!!

    I never heard of the “”21 days to break or create a habit”” thing. It’s nice to have a sort of “”time limit”” on something so it doesn’t make you feel like you’re giving it up forever… but if the 21 days thing is true, you won’t even miss it after then! Very interesting and something to think about!

  • Berthille Vannetzel

    Definitely doing this, but I’m adapting it to my own weaknesses, i.e pasta, cheese, peanut butter… It’s motivating to think about cleaning my body from the inside :)

  • Jen

    Gonna give this this a try, what counts as sugar?

  • Nat Nicole

    Both my nutritionist an gastroenterologist took a look at this guide and said that cutting out gluten if you are not allergic or have celiac a disease is very dangerous. Healthy bodies need that protein. They recommended that you instead eat gluten products low on the glycemic index and stay away from white breads or products with bleached enriched flour

  • Jen N

    No alcohol in March? Can I cheat on Saint Patty’s Day?? Going to try and give this a shot!

  • Rachel Trampel

    Hahahaha… I love everyone’s comments about St. Patty’s Day… I would love to follow this but I agree. Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day is kind of necessary ;)

    This is a good plan!

  • Sarah Van Syckel

    Love this idea! Definitely going to give it a go!

  • dani

    I have a wedding at the end of February, so I’m giving up coffee and candy!I switched to green tea, going on week two!

  • Deanne Castro

    Love this!

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  • Ashley Ward

    I have been planning on giving up alcohol for Lent in March so this is perfect! I’m really looking forward to not being hungover for a month lol!

    http://selfhelpyourselff.wordpress.com/

  • My Style Diary

    Such a great idea! I’m making my list right now and going to start it straight away :)

    http://mystylediaryblogspot.blogspot.com/

  • Elle Lush

    Great ideas! I like how this is more of a lifestyle change than super fast fad diet. Everything in moderation will help achieve the best version of yourself. Try incorporating green smoothies into a detox plan, they taste good and will help you get in bikini {or bridal} body shape!

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  • Rebecca H

    Challenge accepted!

    I may need to switch up some of the vices, and I definitely can’t miss out on St. Pat’s in NYC!

    I’m thinking:

    January – Stress Eating
    February – Sweets
    March – Fried
    April – Alcohol
    May – Sugar (anything ending in -ose, i.e. sucrose, fructose, etc.)
    June – Workout Month! (Instead of giving something up, I will have the time to workout more, since I will have graduated!)

    Can’t wait to see everyone’s lists!

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  • Lizzie

    I like this idea! This month I started trying to eat healthy in order to prepare for my wedding in June but it is so hard! I think this method is easier because you just give up one thing at a time. Although, since sweets is what I crave the most I might not start there…

  • Taanjaa

    I really like this idea but i don’t think i can stick to it ;)

    http://tanjaslookbook.blogspot.com/

  • Yesi Palafox

    I accept the challenge!
    I don’t drink alcohol so il have find something to replace.

    January- sweets
    February- all breads
    March- fried foods
    April- sugar
    May- all junk food, soda, chips, etc

  • Lynsey

    I’m up for the challenge!

    My list:

    January – Soda, juice
    February – Sweets
    March – Dairy
    April – Fried food
    May – Bad carbs (white bread, white rice, pasta)
    June – Sugar

    Let’s hope I can stick to it!

  • LB

    January-pop (that’s what we call it in MI)
    February-fried foods
    March-television M-Th
    April-fast food
    May-white bread
    June-snacking after 8:00 pm

    I love this plan! Should make making changes easy!

  • Amy Townsend

    I’ve started doing this already. Lorna Jane has started this a while back with 21 Days to break a bad habit. I think its great idea to include it with a new diet and exercise plan.
    Good luck to everyone and I hope you all can stick to it! Its so worth it!!

  • Shannon K

    Cutting out alcohol in the month of March?! But that’s Saint Patrick’s Day :'(

  • Courtney Vanover

    Jan-sweet tea
    Feb- fast food
    Mar- candy
    April- white bread
    May- Starbucks
    June- all sugary drinks

    I accept that challenge! Good luck ladies.
    stylingrapunzel.blogspot.com

  • Chelsea Recently

    DO NOT GIVE UP GLUTEN IF YOU’RE NOT ALLERGIC TO IT.

    Gluten is NOT bad for you! Im a nutritionist and food science researcher and this is not healthy! Gluten is a protein and most foods with a lot of gluten are also jammed packed with nutrient. Also, Celiac disease is actually a very rare and serious condition. People with Celiac disease must work hard to make sure they’re getting enough nutrients.

    I know you said to substitute items to suite your needs, but a lot of people don’t know that cutting out gluten can be very unhealthy.

    Chelsea

  • Shellz

    This is gonna be hard to keep up with but bring it on ..lol

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  • marry kelly

    Thats Great !

    You should keep it up…
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  • Megan Babin

    January – Sweets
    February – Fried Foods
    March – unhealthy fast food
    April – Soda
    May – Bad snacks
    June – Sugar

    I cut out soda for an entire year, so I think I can handle it again. Sugar is going to be hard, because I enjoy sweet tea, but I can substitute with honey. (I think)
    I am a snacker at work ,especially on Fridays when they put out free snacks all day..so this one is going to be very rough.
    This is going to be tough, but I’m ready for it!!
    Can’t complain about something your not willing to change!

  • Caitiedid

    I am definitely ready for this! I have never seen a plan set up this way before. The monthly increments are a fantastic idea. It will be nice to be ready this year. We can do it!

  • Jaclyn Last name

    Wish I saw this post before I had that oatmeal raisin cookie at work today….oops!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    This is a great way to organize a plan! I am definitely up to try this!

    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    so doing this!

  • JosefinofSweden

    Hey everyone!
    Think this sounds like a great way to get ready for summer 2013!
    But what would you say counts as sweets? Anything at all with sugar in it?

  • Melissa Panici

    I haven’t had any alcohol this month so this month is no alcohol for me! Next month, NO SWEETS!!

  • Sabrina

    I love this plan. It’s not asking to much. I think I’ll start with fried foods though for January, since I already broke the sugar rule!

  • Tracy Syntax

    I love this! I gave up alcohol for January and I would love to try a version of this list. I have a killer sweet tooth, so that would be hard. I’ve been documenting my alcohol-free experience on my company blog – check it out at http://bit.ly/Vsa6YB

  • Emily

    I don’t generally eat any of this stuff (except for chocolate -ahh I am powerless when it comes to chocolate)

    xo Emily @ http://www.hungrydelights.com

  • Sabah Williams

    Thanks Alex! This post came right time for me! I am on day 16 of breaking two of my vices!!!! Thanks for the reminder that it takes a minimum of 21 days to create or break a habit!!!!!!

  • Jennifer.

    Hiya! How does this work when you only cut off sweets for january? You will be able to eat them in february again, so… how would it work? :) XOX

  • _h0llss

    I absolutely love the idea of this. Ive been dying to find a plan that actually works and this feels like something I could get the hang of. I might try cutting out things weekly rather than monthly but thank you for this inspiration!

  • tiffany newman

    I’m save this photo and post it up to keep in mind what i has to do this whole month

  • DR.ALHIALY

    Alex !! U cant do that.. Alcohol and chocholate?!! Absolutely No! This regime is going nowhere! Tell me what’s ur own regime? I bet it’s completly diffren!

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  • Michelle Goebel

    I love this idea! My mom told me about this diet plan shortly after Thanksgiving and I have been doing this since December!
    December: No Dairy & No caffeine (I feel fantastic!)
    January: No Fast Food (One of my weaknesses)
    February: No Fried Food
    March: No Pop
    April: No Alcohol
    May: No Gluten
    June: No Sugar

    I plan to add on each month, so by June I will not be eating or drinking any above! (With the exception of Alcohol, a girl needs a drink every now and then) I’m so excited!

  • MissyB

    This picture is now the first thing I see when I pick up my phone, I’m determined! Thanks for the challenge <3

  • Kayleigh Irby

    What about giving up soy products? I’ve been reading a lot of conflicting opinions about it. Has anyone had bad reactions or amazing results giving up soy?

  • Lexus.Anne(:

    I’m so gonna do this!

  • BabyBat

    Definitely going to do this!

  • Miranda Pierce

    I’m definitely going to try this:)

  • Lucy Loveless

    I’m an alliteration fan (Lucy Loveless, anyone?) so I am going to try this with alliteration! Also, I don’t drink soda or caffeine anyway, so I’m going to give up–

    February: Fried
    March: Meat
    April: Alcohol
    May: Morsels (Sweets)
    June: Gelato (Ice Cream, Milk, Cheese– all Dairy)

    Excited to commit to this–thanks for the great idea Team LC!

  • Just me

    This is such a great idea! I’m going to really try this, but need one pass for my birthday in March ;)

  • Paulina Mo

    Such a great idea, especially for me because I can’t seem to give up things all at once, it’s torture!!

    ~Pau
    my style blog: http://www.lilbitsofchic.com

  • Nicole

    I’m super excited to do this! Of course, I missed a month already… so I’m going to try cutting out both sweets and fried food in February! And because I don’t really drink, and tend to eat out more (when I’m working), I’ve decided to cut fast food in March! :)

  • Arrianna Cumberledge

    i think for me i plan on these guidelines! febuary: sweets, march: eating after 8, april: junk food, may: fried foods, june: bread

  • nabil

    im excited to try this because i been eating fast food almost every friday now after work and its just not good!

  • Lily Martin

    I have a few simple rules that I swear by to look and feel great:

    Unlimited fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats
    No high fructose corn syrup or packaged/processed foods
    No white flour
    Never skip breakfast!

    I think that the no packaged foods rule is crucial because that is where you will find unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium, even in food that is labeled “”low fat”” or marketed towards dieters. I’m not as strict as I probably should be (I love to cook and eat!), but I try to track how I feel and look rather than a number on a scale.

  • Rachel Galaviz

    I’m a little late but I’m definitely giving this a try!

  • Rachel Galaviz

    I’m a little late but I’m definitely giving this a try!

  • Anna

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    Have you found good tees and from where?!

  • Anna

    Where’s your favorite place to get basic t-shirts? My favorite used to be forever 21 but they lose their shape and shade so quickly you have to buy a new one every few wears. I LOVE everlane’s tees and have been ordering them ever since Lo Bosworth tweeted about them last winter. They’re sustain their color and are relatively cheap ($15) compared to constantly repurchasing F21 ones.

    https://www.everlane.com/n/2vmxgw

    Have you found good tees and from where?!

  • Anna

    Where’s your favorite place to get basic t-shirts? My favorite used to be forever 21 but they lose their shape and shade so quickly you have to buy a new one every few wears. I LOVE everlane’s tees and have been ordering them ever since Lo Bosworth tweeted about them last winter. They’re sustain their color and are relatively cheap ($15) compared to constantly repurchasing F21 ones.

    https://www.everlane.com/n/2vmxgw

    Have you found good tees and from where?!

  • ericavle

    I;m definitely going to try to give this a try!

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  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I contain to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I contain to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I contain to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I contain to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I continue to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • B

    Hello! I try to eat without gluten. But how can I continue to eat like this? It’s like everything contains gluten!

  • Kate Noto

    I will try this.

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