How To Get In Shape In Just 4 Weeks

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Here at CGD HQ, we’re planning our summer vacations right now, and it’s great to think about sunbathing and enjoying sangria, but at the same time there’s a bit of mild panic in the offices. Some of us have exercised on and off but not really taken it seriously, and we all want to look our best on holiday, which means we have to start getting strict!

This is how we’re getting in shape now for our upcoming vacations!

1. Start with a plan 

Celina and I are following the Kayla plan, both the diet plan and the workouts. She’s being strict with it, but I’m limited as to when I can do my workouts so I’ve modified it slightly. Figure out what your goal is and when you want to achieve it by and think about that every time you feel your motivation falling. I’ve already lost weight in just two weeks from eating soup in the office, drinking water or caffeine-free soda once in a while and banishing snacks like crisps and chocolates.

2. Overhaul your diet 

I’m using My Fitness Pal to log my food for the day so I know my daily limit and whether certain foods are bad for me. You’d be surprised how many of your daily calories a simple yogurt can contain! It educates you, helping you to make smarter food choices. Kayla’s plan also contains recipes and food suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack-wise, you can’t beat an apple with peanut butter!

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3. Be active every day 

It’s kind of difficult when you’re sitting in an office every day, but Kayla’s workouts are just 28 minutes, and on rest days you can do something like a 45-minute walk. Before we got started, I would walk home every night, now I’m alternating long walks with 10-20 minutes of jump rope. It’s tough but if you distract yourself while you go, it’s easy. You can even do it in front of the TV.

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4. Stay motivated

I know just how far away that goal seems. I want to be fitter by June, and it feels like so far away, especially when you’re in your first few weeks. But don’t worry, your dedication will pay off. Celina, Ellen, and I are motivating each other to reach our goals but when motivation is low we find that YouTube videos, taking progress photos, looking at transformation photos, and sometimes even the My Fitness Pal forums help. Kayla Itsines shares transformation photos on her Instagram account that will give you a serious kick in the butt to keep going!

If you do all this, you should see results in 4 weeks, and if you want us to update you with our progress, let us know in the comments below!



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  • Holly

    I so need this right now!! I have my first summer holiday booked and we land in 8 weeks – my gym sessions have started again today and I am making a concious effort to eat better. Fingers crossed for my dream bikini body in 8 weeks :)

    Holly x

  • linzie hunt

    Would love to see progress! I too have started a fitness journey and overall lifestyle change and its awesome to see other peoples progress and use it as motivation. Goodluck to the both of you!

  • Natalie Harney

    I’ve been way better at exercising this year than I ever have before, there’s definitely still some work to be done though. That food tracker sounds really interesting

    – Natalie

  • mediamarmalade

    Love these tips, my fitness pal always really helps I find :)

    mel x

  • Katharina Krasowski

    Thanks for the motivation and would love to see your progress!