Let me start off my writing that not all of us have summer body goals. It’s pretty darn warm in Sunny Southern California all the time, so feeling good in summer clothes is an annual goal. We do take more vacations in the summer, which might require additional shedding of clothing and that is what this article is meant to help you do.
- Preparation – To be prepared for the week is the greatest tool there is. Do you know there is a diet called 21 Day Fix – and basically you are paying to be sent 7-piece 21-Day Fix kit? A pamphlet is provided with exactly how much food you can eat and that food is put into the provided containers. This idea is not to be knocked completely. It’s a gimmick no doubt, but it’s very visual, and visual is good. But, the key is preparation. My husband eats his lunch at work, during work, without a real lunch break. Rather than prepare a lunch every single morning, I prepare healthy snacks for 5 full days. Cut up watermelon, or seasonal fruit. Cut up apples with small containers of hummus. Cut up celery, cherry tomatoes, rolled nitrate free lunch meat with one slice of cheese, hard boiled eggs, even peeled oranges or tangerines. If someone was to really look at his lunch they’d think he has quite the little homemaker at home. Oh contraire. It’s about a half hour process on Sunday night or Monday morning. I don’t think about it again all week. Besides those items, we buy one big pack of beef or pork jerky and fill a canister of unsalted almonds, with added pumpkin seeds and peanuts. Yum, right?
- Separation – Separate from food that is killing your willpower. No matter how great a “Gaga” I want to be, having cookies or donuts in my house are not smart. First I have to taste every one that goes into the cookie jar. I also have to eat anyone that is the slightest cracked or broken. If I put the bag down hard I can get even more. Ice cream is such a treat for the grandkids, but I’d rather pay for cones at Baskin and Robins or Rite Aid, rather than have it in my house. I have to separate myself from the foods that bring me down. This doesn’t have to be sweets. I do this when I am eating too much of one food. For instance, if I’m going through a Pita Chip stage, and grabbing those with avocado it’s healthy once or twice, but not every night.
- Imitation – When I was young at my first few jobs I noticed what people ate when out to a restaurant. The thinner women ate salads or ordered a la carte. Interesting concept I simply started imitating their orders until I got the hang of it. I didn’t make it obvious, like saying, “I’ll have what she’s having,” I just attempted to learn what they were ordering and order the same way.
- Vacation – If you’re planning on going on vacation, it cannot hurt to put a picture up of goals. Is it swimming without reservation? How about hiking without too much chaffing of the thighs? Whatever it is, find a picture that motivates you to be vacation ready. Then do 1, 2 and 3 to meet that goal.
- Staycation – When you’re making a big change to your lifestyle, my changing some regular foods or drinks you can get pretty cranky. I think staying away from friends or family as much as possible while detoxing you is smart. Now, we can’t tell the people in our home to go away for a week or so, but we can forewarn them of how you might be feeling. Slowing down on your coffee in the afternoon, waiting to have that first glass of wine until 8pm, not having artificial sweetener can all affect your moods. Rather than feel worse, by being cranky, take a staycation. Download a few good books, and relax your way through it. Did I write relax, yes that’s number 6.
- Relaxation – Relax if you have big goals. When I was speaking all the time I’d put ridiculous goals on myself. I had a goal to lose 20 pounds, but it was always to lose 20 pounds within a month, in time for my next big seminar. Dumb and dumber. Did I ever accomplish it, no! Relax. Be practical, enjoy the ride. Those six months are going to pass whether you lose 20 pounds, 2 pounds or 7 pounds. Here’s a secret. The past 4-5 years I’ve done really well as a vegetarian. But, it’s funny, whenever I’m super stressed, worried about someone’s health, I want Carl’s Jr. Not thanks to their stupid ads, but I like the idea of a big burger and fries. I like the idea of eating it in my car on the way to the hospital. Thankfully, I only have to do this once or twice a year, if that. But, if I could relax properly I wouldn’t need to scarf down large quantities of fast food to bring about that temporary numbness.
Well there you have it. My 6 ideas that will help all of us get ready for the summer.