Summer temperatures hit quickly here in Michigan, pushing people to pull out their summer clothing stash. Certainly these shorts and tank tops will fit, right? Maybe not.The swimsuit? NO! Now it's time to go to the store to buy new ones. UGH! You would think weight loss and summer would go hand-in-hand easily. Just wait until fall when you try on your fall and winter favorites. Will they fit? Summer is more difficult to lose weight than many people think. Photo by Sven Scheuermeier from Unsplash.com.
Some of my clients discovered this hard, cold fact until they tried to keep their weigh loss going through the summer.They would sit down with a strategy with me before their kids' summer break, then I would see them sheepishly sneak into the cardio center to try to lose a few pounds before I discovered they were back in the fall. What happened? Life events. Too many parties. Vacation. Does this happen to you? Here are some of the reasons people fail when school is out for summer:
- No regular schedule at home.
- Mental/emotional connection with certain foods in the summer.
- Vacations with food as one of the attractions.
- Kids' summer sports schedules rule.
- Social events that include food.
- Feeling sluggish.
- They go into weight loss with the mindset of doing what they must to lose the weight, but revert back to what they did before once those pesky pounds are gone.
Summer really can be a great time to keep that fat burn sizzling. It's important to have a plan, have accountability with someone who will point you back on track, and charting you progress. This is what will help y9ou keep the weight melting off this summer:
- Keep a routine going over summer that includes your weight loss plan. Use that scheduling option on your phone for weigh-ins and workouts. When that reminder "pings", get going on it.
- Pack your own food to take wherever you go. There are some fantastic fit lunch packs on the market today to keep your foods hot or cold on the go. Teach the kids to pack healthy lunches with you. By the way, the money you save would certainly be great for your vacation!
- Unclutter summer schedules. This is one of the biggest stumbling areas most of my clients had. The kids do not need to be in every summer activity running you ragged. Bring sanity to your summer by limiting choices from the get-go. Give everyone the gift of some downtime, including yourself. Be choosy which reunion or barbeque you attend. Stress less.
- Keep one "Before" outfit to remind yourself where you used to be. Don't keep all those clothes 2 or 3 sizes too big for "just in case". Set yourself up to succeed by donating those clothes. Only keep one outfit of your largest size as your reminder of where you never want to go again.
- Get one outfit for your goal size to remind yourself where you want to be. On the other hand, don't go crazy buying clothes in your goal size. It will serve to frustrate you. Only buy one outfit to help motivate you toward your goal. Try it on when you are close. Keep going until it finally fits well!
- Slim down your favorite summer foods and eat only one serving at your meals. You can sub your may with avocado spread or find a great barbeque seasoning rather than slathering on a ton of barbeque sauce. There are tons of great recipes out there. Try WebMD.com or EatingWell.com.
- Get your whole family moving. When my hubby and I rode our bikes on a local trail, a family of 5 were riding their bikes. Both kids and parents had helmets. It was awesome! Find some physical activities you and your family love to do, then do it regularly. Take lessons together if necessary.
Summer really is a great time to keep shedding those pounds. Do you need help sticking to exercise? Sign up for our Summer Cardio Challenge
. Email me
or use the Comments section to let us know your successes as you go. You will be glad you stuck to your plan by the time you pull out your fall clothing stash!
May God bless you.