Summer Bikini-Body Ready

Are any of you out there freaking out about having to get in a bathing suit in the next few weeks?! I am! Jeremy and I have our 1 year anniversary (so soon, right?!) creeping up on us the weekend of Memorial Day. We have planned a short trip out of town to celebrate (the rest of the moolah is going to housing stuff, yay!!) and of course, we will be by a pool at some point. So…aside from the obvious need to self tan so that I don’t scare all the little children by the pool with my ghastly coloring I need a little help with the leg and thigh department! 🙂 So, I have enlisted the troops!

I am currently using Clarins High Definition Body Lift from ankles to waist to help with circulation and tightening up the thigh area. I have found over the years that this product also helps to reduce the look of spider veins, too. It by no means gets rid of them…just helps to make them look less pronounced. This product is awesome if you’re going out in a skirt or shorts and need that immediate tightening effect, too!

In addition to the Clarins product I am seriously contemplating giving Bliss a go at my “problem spots”. I have seen these items in stores like Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta for years but never ventured out to try them. What do you all think? Has anyone out there given them a whirl and are they worth the money? I’ll be so happy to hear from you! Here they are:

Fat Girl Slim and Fat Girl Sleep

2 thoughts on “Summer Bikini-Body Ready

  1. Let me play angel's advocate for a minute. I am basically anti-product when it comes to “fat blasting”. I don't care if it's sera, gel, injections, creams, lotions. Biologically, we have the same number of fat cells we inherited on the day we were born. As we age, fat cell numbers don't change but their sizes do. The only way to “blast” them is to burn them. Period. And even then, you're not getting rid of them entirely, but rather just shrinking them. The closest any product comes to blasting fat cells is by masking them. A search in scientific and medical literature gives no published proof that any transdermal or otherwise invasive (ultrasound, liposuction, radiotherapy) method works, in fact, there are publications claiming some of those treatments exacerbate the problem because the body often times over-compensates the sudden loss of adipose tissue. So unless Clarins is selling a product that mimics muscular contractions, blood flow and aerobic fuel-burning that only comes from exercise, not buying it. I've taken to running lately. Okay, jogging. I am seeing the transformation already and it's only been a few weeks. I know it's time-consuming but here's the math: even if you run a 15-min mile, an hour of running gives you 4 miles! Do that 2-3 times a week, and you'll be running a 5k like a champ. Not to mention the added benefits of the endorphins that are released post-exercise, and giving the little heart a healthier profile. My resting heart rate is already lower, I'm sleeping better and I'm coming to terms with whatever little pudge is still there because it is just a matter of time before they will be gone.

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  2. That's great that you've taken up jogging and working on what you call a “little pudge” that way…which, by the way…you have NONE!! 🙂 I'm definitely not a runner, I'd prefer the eliptical machine anyday so I'll stick with that. I envy those that do run because it's a full body workout, you get outdoors and it's free! No gym membership needed.

    That being said, I just want to clarify that I in no way believe (since I do have a bio background, too) that any of these over the counter products will get rid of cellulite. In fact, none of them claim to do that. These products just help with creating a smoother “appearance” which does help. Sometimes, it's the the micropearls that add a sheen the skin to soften the look or even the caffeine in the gels that help tighten for a short period of time–nice for those dress days and boosting your self esteem a bit.

    Good luck with the running, Annie. I hope to hear about your marathon you should prep for in the future! 🙂

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