Summer Weight Gain Blues
by Rochelle Griffin
Although we are still in the midst of summer, many of us are starting to wind down our vacations as our children get ready to head back to school. Did you enjoy your family time? I hope so as family time is so incredibly important. However, here is the sad fact…did you know that the average person gains 8 lbs while on vacation? It’s true. Take multiple vacations over the summer, and you may be looking at even more weight gain. Guess what? You aren’t the only the one. It happened to me to. Yep, it sure did. Too many vacations, too much good food, too much fun leads to weight gain for many of us.
So ok…it’s happened. Now what? Do we use the weight gain as a reason to belittle ourselves? To stay trapped in the same vicious cycle? Or do we say ENOUGH and do something about it!?!?! While making the change may seem difficult, after all it does take focus, determination, perseverance, and good ol’fashioned elbow grease, change can happen using 3 easy steps.
Step 1 Fitness:
You don’t have to be an all or nothing person, but you must move. If you haven’t worked out in a long time, start easy and simply go for a walk. Go swimming with your kids. Pick something that is going to challenge you. Not only will it help you lose weight, but you will improve your cardiovascular health.
You must be consistent and work out 5-6x/week. Remember, you won’t see results right away. It will take time, so you need to be patient.
Step 2 Nutrition:
I cannot stress enough the importance of eating healthy. Not eating as I should have, over the course of 3 vacations in 3 months, has led to a 10 lb weight gain for me. I’m currently on Day 5 of the 21-day Ultimate Reset and am already down 6 lbs. I feel so much better eating healthy. My body can tell the difference.
If you aren’t ready to jump into a 21-day total body reset, I suggest that you grab my FREE meal plan to get you moving in the right direction. There is so much information out there in cyber world and on the TV that it can be confusing on what or how you should eat. My meal plan is based on healthy, simple, affordable eating.
Step 3 Support:
I tend to talk a lot about this step because it’s often the overlooked one. With Step 1, because you don’t see results right away, it’s easy to get frustrated. With Step 2, it can be difficult when you know that you should eat that apple, but you are staring down the cookies instead. This is where Step 3 comes in. Support can make or break you. With it, you can get over that hump of wanting to give up when you don’t feel good. Without it, it becomes very easy to simply accept your summer weight gain as is. Do this year after year and you can see how it’s easy to find yourself 20, 30, 50, or even 100 lbs overweight.
In short, if you are one of the thousands who has gained weight over this summer, have no fear. You don’t have to accept it. DO something about it. Get yourself moving with fitness, be sure that your nutrition is on point, and have the all-important support system behind you all the way. If you feel like you don’t have one of the steps and aren’t sure where to start, please reach out to me. I’d be honored to help point you in the right direction.