Summer is coming, we all know it, but are we ready for it? What do I mean?
There are many ways life changes in the summer, and I know plenty of people who work so hard during the winter months because they want to feel confident when summer gets here, but then the whole summer is spent undoing that hard work! This won’t be you! Here are a few things we will talk about this month to help you plan around these 4 topics and keep up with your fitness goals:
While these are all fun and amazing things, if we don’t think ahead we may find ourselves going crazy trying to keep up with everything, and in that we lose focus on our own fitness goals.
Vacations are the one of the things we do in the summer that create life long memories. If we are not careful they can also be something that throws our exercise and healthy eating habits out the window! So let’s be prepared.
1. Free? The first thing I want to address is the idea that if we are on vacation we are ‘free’ to eat whatever we want. To ‘treat’ ourselves. To me, this says that you may be following a diet plan that is extremely rigorous and most likely going to fail, vacation or not. If you are living 50 weeks out of the year eating in way that makes you miserable, what kind of plan is that? I would suggest you visit your eating plan now and see if it’s something you can stick to. (Example…I don’t need to eat 5 pizzas on a 7 day vacation because I let myself have pizza once a month or so. I don’t let it build up into the crazed desire that when I get to have it I go nuts and can’t control myself. That’s what I’m referring to.)
2. Exercise! Many times summer vacation includes pools, beaches, lakes, mountains, etc. Use this time to get your exercise in. Maybe it won’t look the same as your routine does when you are home, but mixing it up can actually help your body. The change of routine can help you break through a weight loss plateau and maybe work muscles you aren’t used to working.
3. Plan your meals. If you are going to be eating out one meal a day (and want it to be ‘unhealthy’) then eat well at every other meal. Don’t waste 500 extra calories at breakfast if you know you will be enjoying amazing food over the grill that night. If you are vacationing with others, discuss meal options prior to arrival.
4. Say NO! It’s okay to pass on food that people offer you. And if it’s a sweet grandma that won’t take no for an answer get creative. Take it, and then sneak half of it into the trash. I’m not kidding! I think many times we use this as an excuse to eat what we really want, a friend offers us chips and we don’t want to make them ‘feel bad’ or seem like the ‘health freak’ so we take some. But really, since when is saying ‘no thanks’ impolite? You don’t have to give an hour long explanation of why you are not going to eat the chips, just say ‘no thanks’.
5. Be wise with the alcohol. Not only in regards to being safe, but have you ever looked up how many calories are in a mixed drink? You can easily add 500-1000 calories to your day through a few drinks. If you are okay with this then that’s fine, but just make sure you are aware of it.
Enjoy this season and make fun memories with your friends and family.