Give yourself grace
Our health efforts are made more difficult when we punish ourselves for missteps like skipped workouts or over-indulging. Instead of feeling defeated or berating yourself, try being gentle with your inner thoughts. Maybe that means enjoying a popsicle, joining the kids on the trampoline or simply catching some rays by the pool. The key is finding balance. Independent personal trainer Liz Diamond helps her clients feel strong with guided strength training and personalized programs. She got into the business after her own weight loss journey. Diamond says, “I’ve realized that results are only achieved when you adapt an overall healthy lifestyle while allowing for room to live your life. If not, and it is an all or nothing thing, it is much more challenging to maintain.” Make sure you’re not using these 6 mental attitudes that will sabotage your weight loss –– positivity, always!
Make the summer calendar count
Summer is approximately 90 days long. That’s more than enough time to break bad habits and start healthy new ones. Starting today, take a look at how many days you have left before mid-September when the season typically ends. Then, decide on a weekly weight loss goal. Use your calendar to pencil in workouts to help you meet that goal. Pick an event or two that will keep you motivated, such as participating in a 5K walk/run. To find one coming up in your area, check out Active.com. Schedule family bike rides or plan to meet friends at the local pool for lap swimming on a regular basis. Want to get creative? Invite the neighbors over for a summer dessert party, and draw from this list of 14 healthy frozen summer desserts as your guide. This way you can look forward to fun plans that are in line with your health goals.