Today is my last day of summer. School starts on Tuesday, and tomorrow I have to be at school at 8am for our “teacher day.” (meetings, getting the room organized, copying my syllabus, etc). *Sigh*
Lately in the WW meetings, and even in some of your comments, there has been this recurring theme of how difficult it is to lose weight in the summer. Actually, I have found that the summertime lends itself to making losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle easier than any other time of year. Here’s why:
The weather – yes, it’s hot, but in my area the average summer day is around 85 degrees, with little humidity (I know, I’m so lucky!) The beautiful, sunny days just make me want to be outside and be active – riding my bike, swimming, taking a walk, etc.
No schedule – now for some people not having a routine is a major problem, but for me, no routine means that I can eat when I’m hungry, not when the lunch bell tells me to. I’ve really enjoyed that more than I can say.
Freedom – not having to work over the summer meant that I could spend a couple of hours a day being active. I really learned to love fitness this summer, and now that it’s become such a routine for me, I know it’s something I’m going to carry with me into the autumn and winter months.
Fresh fruits and veggies – I live in a wonderful area where we have TONS of fresh fruits and veggies available in the stores year round, but in the summer, I have the luxury of getting my produce from my family’s garden. Vine-ripened tomatoes, Italian zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, lemons, nectarines, peaches, and plums – I didn’t have to buy any of these all summer long, and it was wonderful. Nothing is better than produce straight from the garden. Second best? Farmers markets! I didn’t end up ever making the bike trip to the farmers market near my house, but I did go to another wonderful farmers market several times. One of my favorite “desserts” was 2 cups of seedless watermelon. Mmmmm, so refreshing.
Swimsuits – Swimming and aqua aerobics were great ways for me to burn calories, but they also required me to put on a swimsuit. This was great motivation for me to keep on track, because unlike the bulky clothes of fall and winter, swimsuits don’t give you many ways to hide.
So, all of these are the reasons that I’m sad that summer is coming to an end. Well, those and the fact that I have to go back to work. LOL. (I actually love my job, don’t get me wrong).
Now that the routines are back and my days are much more hectic, I know that organization and preparation are the keys to staying on track and continuing my success. This means:
keeping the fridge and pantry well stocked with all of the ingredients I need to make healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
making my lunches the night before, so my mornings are less crazy
putting my workouts on my iCal so that they become appointments that I won’t break.
continuing my Stay Active Plan, although it won’t be quite the Bella’s Boot Camp variety that it was over the summer, because I’ll have less time.
I am making fitness a major priority because I can’t wait to see how far I can push my body as I continue what I’ve started. The nice thing is that I have some good at-home options for those mornings or evenings that I just don’t feel like going out into the weather.
attending WW meetings every week, no excuses.
for me, it also means keeping the house in order and tidy because when my house is organized, I feel more in control and I do better with my weight loss.
So, goodbye, summer, I’ll miss you! But I am looking forward to all of the weight loss that I know is coming this fall and winter!
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