Here in upstate New York, summer weather hasn’t consistently arrived until the Fourth of July. Here are some last-minute tips to get you on track before all those summer barbecues and days at the lake:
1. Be Accountable – I’m just wrapping up a six month DietBet where I pledged to lose 10 percent of my weight. Each week, I had to weigh in and check my progress. This accountability helped me to stay on top of my program and that really helped me stay on top of things. I know others who have had success with Weight Watchers. Whichever route you go, just try to pick something kind of long term. The six-month bet really helped because I knew I was in it for the long haul, and if I didn’t lose the weight, then I’d lose my money.
2. Find Workouts That You Love – There no sense in doing workouts that you hate doing. I was lucky to find spinning and really enjoy it. If you don’t like what you’re doing, then just keep trying different types of cardio and strength training. You’ll find what you enjoy doing and just keep moving! There are a million ways to stay active.
3. Find Healthy Food You Love and Avoid Your Trigger Foods – I really love a big pan of homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s my weakness and I know I lose all sense of portion control around the deliciousy cheesy dinner. So I stopped making it. Yes, kind of a bummer, but right now I’m trying to be healthy and that goal is much bigger than a pan of macaroni and cheese. So instead, I’ve found healthy recipes that I enjoy eating and I don’t feel like I’m being cheated. [See my favorite breakfast recipes here] http://mydailybubble.com/revamp-your-breakfast-4-go-to-options-to-start-your-morning/
4. Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room – If we’re going to a barbecue and I know there’s going to be delicious food, then I just focus my efforts on eating well the rest of the day. I’m not going to beat myself up over having some extra buffalo chicken dip (yum!), but instead I’ll eat a healthy breakfast and lunch so I don’t feel bad about that delicious, calorie-laden summer barbecue food. Also, when eating out, follow the simple rule of 2 out of 4. Out of the four big calorie feasts at restaurants (bread before dinner, starches with dinner, dessert and alcohol), allow yourself two of those, and never more. That way you’re allowing yourself some delicious treats, but without killing all the progress you’ve made!