Bikini Contests on a Budget

There are so many items to purchase when you are competing, it gets pretty expensive! The bikini division in particular is about your overall look. So, items like your bikini, heels, jewelry, etc are very important. So here are the items I have found that are money savers!

Rent Your Bikini – CJ suits cost thousands of dollars but she rents them starting at $80 and up depending on the suit. I have rented a suit from her and it was beautiful!!

Buy Your Jewelry, Heels & Extensions on Amazon:

I am wearing all of the items above in my competition photo below. This includes the suit. It is rented from CJ!

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I hope you found this list helpful!

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Lose Fat In 5 Easy Steps

HI! I am April King, I have tried many different diets and workouts and I can tell you that following a diet/routine you are unable to see yourself sustaining long term will never work!! It was not until I applied these 5 easy steps in 2015 that I could maintain keeping the fat off after having my daughter.

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  1. Work Out Fasted in the Morning

This is key for two reasons, the first being that many of us lack motivation at the end of the day.  Once you are done with work you often just want to go home and relax. So, getting is done first thing ensures you will get your workout in.

Second, you should train fasted. By that I mean do not eat before you workout. I train fasted using BCAAs in the morning. Fasted training boosts the physiological indicators of post-workout muscle growth. Both fasting and HIIT training significantly increase human growth hormone secretion, which is great because that is used for fat burning. Sign up for my free home HIIT workouts!

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2. Get Enough Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can cause the fat burning human growth hormone secretion to decrease. When this happens your chances of weight gain can increase. If you get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night your pituitary gland releases the hormone about 4 times. So if you  get less sleep, then you will release less of the fat burning hormone.

3. Flexible Dieting

Flexible Dieting is also referred to as “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM). The IIFYM approach to diet allows for greater flexibility with your food selection because your focus is on the nutrients rather than the food source.

I can tell you from my own experience that it is difficult for most people to follow a strict meal plan.  However, with flexible dieting, you can select your own food and add in treats and still meet your goal. This is why I follow my Flexible Dieting Program.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can just eat doughnuts all day. I try to make sure at least 80% of my foods are nutrient dense. However, you can have treats in moderation rather than eating chicken breast and broccoli all day:-)

Here is a great example of how flexible dieting works in your treat meals. If you want to eat a burger and it has 25g of protein, 30g carbs and 10g of fat versus a salad with 25g of protein, 30g carbs and 10g , you can chose the burger as long as that fits your macros!! Make sense?

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4. Lift Weights

Lifting heavy weights allows you to build muscle and muscle burns fat. Also, having more muscle allows your body to burn more calories doing nothing.  Where cardio for example, burns calories only while you are doing the exercise.

5. Eat a High Protein Diet

I like to eat a high protein diet because it keeps me full longer and it also helps me to build new muscle. I weight 150 pounds so I eat 150g of protein a day. I get creative with my protein!

Power Eggs Recipe
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Conclusion

If you want to transform your body, is Flexible Dieting the only way? No but in my opinion is one of the most effective and sustainable approaches.

To summarize the key points: if you want to lose fat, a combination of diet, weight lifting and some additional cardio (HIIT) is essential.

So if this sounds good to you and you’re serious about change, then you will really enjoy the program I created called the 7 Day KickStart to Flexible Dieting Program. It’s a short 7 Day Course with videos where I  will teach you how to lose fat (and keep it off) without feeling hungry and deprived.

 

Low Carb Grilled Chicken with Almond Alfredo

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (optional: It’s more of a garlic sauce without, but still creamy and delicious)
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 4 mini colorful sweet peppers (1 large red, orange or yellow sweet pepper)
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil

Low Carb Pasta Substitute
Spaghetti squash is my favorite low carb pasta substitute as it doesn’t get anymore natural than this and is excellent with creamy pasta sauces.

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and place in a baking dish cut side down with a small amount of water lining the dish.
  2. Bake in a 375º F (190°C) oven for about 45 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the skin of the squash.

While this is baking I complete the other steps to the recipe.

Remove the squash from the oven and using a fork gently pull out the pasta-like strands of squash.
The Almond Alfredo Sauce
Using a high speed blender or food processor (I use a Ninja) process the raw almonds with 1 cup of the water until a thick paste is formed.

  1. Add the garlic cloves and remaining water and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour this into a sauce pan (it will be runny), add parmesan cheese and salt & pepper to taste. Hint: should be a tad on the salty side.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring about every 30 seconds until the sauce begins to thicken.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.

The Eggplant, Colorful Peppers, and Chicken
Dice the eggplant, peppers, and chicken.

  1. Using a large skillet or wok, sauté the eggplant and peppers in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Sauté until the eggplant becomes almost tender and almost translucent.
  2. Add the diced chicken and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through.

This all takes about 20-25 minutes depending on the size of the eggplant cubes.

Hint: Cooking the chicken last keeps it from drying out. Just make sure the chicken and veggies are cooked to 165 F

Combine

  1. Add the spaghetti squash pasta to the chicken and veggies and stir in gently.
  2. Pour the almond Alfredo sauce in and stir until sauce is mixed throughout.
  3. Serve the Almond Alfredo Pasta with Eggplant, Peppers, and Chicken in a pasta bowl garnished with a little more parmesan cheese if desired.

Eggplant Primavera

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant cut in thin slices and then quartered
  • 1 head of broccoli cut to small florets
  • ½ a white or red onion sliced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large chicken breast cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. In a large skillet with 2 teaspoons olive oil, sauté the eggplant, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, and red pepper. season with a little of the garlic salt and the pepper. Sauté until the veggies are a little tender and the eggplant looks partially translucent.
  2. While the veggies are sautéing, in a small skillet sauté the chicken with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the rest of the garlic salt. Cook until cooked through, but don’t over cook or it will be dry.
  3. Heat the pasta sauce in a sauce pan or the microwave.
  4. Once everything is cooked/ heated, place ¼ of the veggie and eggplant mixture in a pasta bowl. Top with ¼ of the chicken, pasta sauce, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Power Eggs

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Ingredients

  • 4 jumbo or extra large organic eggs
  • ½ a red onion chopped
  • 1 cup cubed yellow squash
  • 4 mini sweet peppers
  • 2 cups chopped lacinato kale
  • ½ cup frozen wild blueberries (or fresh in season)
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Garlic salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions

1. Rinse and chop all the vegetables

2. Heat the coconut oil in a large non-stick skillet and Add chopped veggies

3. Sauté until soft

4. One minute before you add the eggs, add the blueberries, garlic salt, and black pepper.

5. Add eggs and  scramble with veggies

6. Cook until the eggs are firm

6. Plate with sliced avocado.