Spring break around the corner and that new year resolution you made about putting the weight off is just not working for you? Don’t panic! There are some things that you still can do to drop a few pounds before the holidays!
Here are my best weight loss tips for this season:
1. Make up your mind
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I know it´s a well used cliché, but the more determined you are, the better results you’ll get. Setting up a goal and sticking to it is the very first step to success. It’s not that far to spring break, so you don’t even have to commit for a long time – the goal is perfectly reachable. What do YOU want to accomplish?
Make sure that your goal is yours and nobody else’s. And make sure that the goal is important to you – if not, you might be tempted along the way to….. tweak your rules as you go.
2. Face the sun!!!
The snow is gone, the sun is out – get yourself outside! Walk instead of taking the bus or the car – the D-vitamin boost from the early spring sun will be your bonus, along with extra steps. Make them count – go for 10 000 steps a day. The more you ditch the car, the more of an environmental hero you are. And become a time optimisт, so that you actually have to… run your errands!
3. Catch the last snow!
Are you a snow lover? Find the perfect skiing spot for the last poles of the season. And ski like there was no tomorrow! It burns more calories than you are aware of and gives you enough endorphins for the rainy spring days.
Everywhere I go, I see discount prices on grapes! Load up on green grapes and put them in your freezer – a few hours later you’ll have a lovely, guilt free desert ready for you! Do you have a sweet tooth? Read Laura Honzu’s post on sweet temptations that support weight loss .
4. Have a life saver by your side!
I always store ”life savers” in my fridge – and in my bag – they come handy when you’re hungry and on a hurry. Or if you really don’t have other options. ”Life savers” are food that you can always eat, regardless of your nutrition regimen. I’m sure never to be out of tomatoes in my house and apples in my handbag – an apple before going in to a grocery store gets me through and out of there without the spontaneous must haves. Find a couple of your life savers, that your really really like and never make a bad snack decision again.
5. Spoil yourself with new gear!
Use the money you save on life savers and grapes, and treat yourself to some new gear. Don’t go overboard with it, but get a little something new for this season – a sport band for your smartphone, a new tank top, a pair of good quality tights, or whatever you need to get you out the door or to the gym. And remember the purpose of this new garment – to be used! A lot!
6. Go to distance with friends
Look around you and you’ll probably will find a bunch of people just like yourself, with similar goals for this season. Train together! Challenge each other! Create teams and decide a distance and the amount of time and just go! Ex: make a team of 4 run a total of 200 km in one month.
7. Buy something that is too small!
Seriously, think about it: if you buy this amazing pair of jeans, that are ever so slightly too small, you’ll work your butt off to make them fit. Right? Be realistic and don’t go down too many sizes, but have a fabulous piece of clothing in one size smaller, hanging on your dresser wall as a cool – and a bit annoying – motivation. Trust me, it works!
8. Ditch gluten
If you are not already eating gluten free food – try! Just until the spring break and see how your body responses. Gluten is an absolute no no for people that suffer from Celiac Disease, which is a serious but often undetected disease. But be gluten free – smart. Instead of replacing gluten products as bread and pasta with gluten free options – try something else like spaghetti made of zucchini! Go for whole foods that are naturally gluten free, and you’ll automatically cut down on carbs!
9. Check your progress!
Put a mark in your calendar for every day that you made progress towards your goal. Those success marks will keep you motivated to continue. Make rewards for yourself for 5 day-strikes, 10 day-strikes etc. Make up your own rules and stick to them. It’s easier if you see what you’ve already accomplished rather than how far you still have to go.
Don’t ever try to lose weight by starving yourself. Even if the calories in = calories out – equation is correct per se, there is the BMR – factor.You need a certain amount of calories to just only keep alive and you certainly need energy to do all that stuff above: jogging errands with friends and going shopping for new gear requires calories! But be sure that every time you eat, you nourish your body and give it the best fuel it can get. Then your goal of putting off some weight before spring break will be lie a piece of (Eastern?) cake!