Ah, summertime is here. It's probably one of our favorite, but most stressful seasons. It's wonderful because the days are long, and the weather is beautiful. It's a time to get together with family and friends, hit the beach and bask in the sun's rays while lying around scantily clad.
Unfortunately, summer also means putting away the springtime baggy clothes and baring your flesh to the world. It's time to play the fab vs. flab game. You either look at yourself in the mirror and say, "Not too bad" or "Uh-oh, better get to work."
Fortunately, there's still time but you need to get started today. I've been here myself. But I finally decided to put an end to the madness and weight fluctuations. So, how do we get into shape for the summer and keep it off throughout the year?
Here are a few fun tips that work for me:
Make a Plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It's that simple. I work with many clients who just decide to stop eating. We all know this doesn't work. It throws the body into starvation mode and slows down your metabolism.
I keep a very basic monthly eating and exercise calendar on my refrigerator. This way it's the first thing I see every morning. People who keep journals are more successful at losing weight and staying in shape. Write down what you eat and what you do. It'll help keep you on track.
Have a Contest
Create your own version of "The Biggest Loser." I teamed up with a group of about 20 people. We each threw $20 into a pot. We weigh in once a week and at the end of the month, the winner takes all. There are rules, though. If you miss a weigh in, you pay $10. If you gain weight or stay the same, you pay $10. Cash is a big motivator.
Remember: If you do have this type of contest, be safe. Don't try losing 10 pounds a week. Two or three is fine.