Well Summer has it seems finally arrived and just in time for the Jubilee Celebrations too. If you have been following the 12 weeks to Summer weight loss, you should be on week 6 now and at this point, it can start to become a bit of a chore to lose weight. Even if you are initially motivated up to this point and have lost a few pounds, some people think “Oh well, I’ve lost weight, so I can let my hair down now and enjoy the celebrations!” Well, yes you can and if you are still wanting to lose more weight and feel even more gorgeous, you need to read on so that you don’t self sabotage your weight loss in the next few days. Here’s how to have a great jubilee week and still keep on track with your weight loss:
1) First things first, remind yourself of why you wanted to lose weight and what you want to achieve. It was important to you to start losing weight and think how good you are going to feel when you have reached your goal. Carry a “fat” photo with you and when you feel the urge to overindulge, take it out and have a look at it. Do you still want to look like this in July?
2) Next on the list is taking some exercise. If you know that you are going to be eating more over the holiday period, then plan in some exercise to counter balance the party foods: go for a swim, play tennis, play rounders with the kids, take a lovely long walk in the countryside – get that butt moving!
If you haven’t exercised for a while, then begin gradually (always check with your GP before you undertake a new form of exercise). You could get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk or park further away from school or work than usual and finish your journey on foot, enjoying the sunshine as you go.
3) Often drinking water can combat the desire to over indulge. Rather than acting on impulse and reaching out for the second slice of gateaux, drink a glass of water and see how you feel after another 15 minutes. You will probably find that the urge to scoff another piece fades and well done you for not just acting impulsively. If however, you find that you still want that piece of cake, then have a small piece or share a portion with someone else.
( If you are having a bbq over the weekend look at my earlier blog for May to get more ideas about how to keep on track and still have a great time.)