Summertime is the busy season for Graduation Parties, Weddings, Father’s Day Get-Togethers, Vacations, Barbeques and Back Yard Parties…all of which are a TON of FUN! But they are also the makings of the perfect storm to derail all of your springtime weight-loss efforts. With a few quick tricks, you can have FUN and keep your slim figure intact at the same time!
Now is the time to SHOW OFF all of your hard work! But you still have to make good choices if you want that hard work to keep paying off. That proud feeling you will have the day AFTER the party will be WAY MORE rewarding and satisfying than what you THINK feels good when over-indulging during the party!
Here are some quick tips to help you shed a few pounds before bathing suit and pool/beach season are upon us!
1. Start a Workout Program! It’s never too late to get started! So don’t put off picking out a program that you will enjoy doing. Just because summer is close doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel or think that you can’t get results in time. Even in the first month you could lose anywhere from 10-15 pounds and be on the road to reaching your fitness goals. (Need help? Find your perfect workout here!)
2. Start tracking your calories! I know…it’s not fun…but it WORKS! On average, women should be between 1400-1500 calories per day to lose weight, and men should be between 1600-1800 calories per day to lose weight (please check with your doctor if you have nutritional concerns). A notebook and pencil work great, but for those that are a little more “techy”, you can find great online tools and smart-phone apps that will make this process easier. Here are a couple I recommend: MyFitnessPal.com, SparkPeople.com and LiveStrong.com.
3. Find a buddy! Research has proven that having at least one friend join this journey with you is extremely influential toward your success. But besides that, it’s just MORE FUN! Who wants to go at this alone? Having a partner or group of friends who are all shooting for the same goals just makes it so much more fun and effective! And don’t be afraid to make it interesting…place friendly wagers and competitions for your milestones and benchmarks…who isn’t motivated by money?? Or chose some other reward for the “winner”…but try not to make it food related. Maybe a manicure, pedicure, massage, or shopping spree. Just be creative and above all…HAVE FUN!
Losing weight and getting in shape isn’t complicated and it doesn’t have to be boring, tedious, or grueling. Our attitudes toward the process make the biggest impact on our results. So find something you LIKE to do with people you LIKE to do it with…and of course, watch what you put in your mouth!
If you need help or have questions, I’m always available, so please make sure to contact me if you’d like some help!
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