The countdown to summer is on. That means you have about eight weeks before it’s shorts, T-shirt and (sigh) crop top season. If you’re anything like us, this is your oh sh–! moment. You can either give up before you start (and drown your sorrows with bourbon and a burger), or you can decide to buckle down and make the most of the next eight weeks.
If you’re in the former group, cancel that burger order and listen up: You may not reach your end goal in eight weeks, but you’ll feel much more comfortable in your skin as the summer season begins, and rather than adding more pounds that you’ll eventually have to lose anyway, you’ll have the confidence to continue your weight loss—and maybe even hit your goal—before bikini season is over.
Ready to make the most of the next eight weeks? Set yourself up for summer weight loss success in five simple steps:
Sure, it sounds simple enough, but deciding to lose weight is completely different than wanting or even trying to do it. Words matter because they echo your commitment, or lack thereof.
Before you decide to lose 30 pounds in eight weeks by eating grapefruit and running 20 miles a day on the treadmill, take a step back: Assess your goal and recognize obstacles that will prevent you from meeting it.
Is it realistic to lose 30 pounds in eight weeks? Healthy weight loss is 1-3 pounds per week, so 30 pounds is out but 8-24 pounds is definitely doable. Yesssss.
What about surviving on grapefruit or running those 20 daily miles on the treadmill? Well, those are extreme examples, but you really should reconsider committing to a vegetarian diet if you dislike vegetables and attending that 5 a.m. spinning class if you’re not a morning person.
The bottom line: Create a healthy lifestyle that you can actually live with.
The secret to successful weight loss is creating a plan and sticking to it. Our clients who achieve the highest level of success (read: the elusive bikini body) are the same ones who plan everything from their meals to workouts to rest periods.
But, planning is soooo boring, right? And, you probably don’t want to give up everything in your life that you currently enjoy. Relax. Don’t focus on what you’re giving up—focus on what you’ll gain as you move toward your goal: Confidence! Killer curves! Good health!
Planning isn’t about sucking the joy out of life. It’s about preparing yourself to beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways. (If you need help creating a plan that will work for you, that’s exactly why we’re here.)
Make Your Goal Public
Just like Dr. Phil says, “You’ve got to name it to claim it.” But, how you announce it to the world is all about your level of comfort. Some options:
- Post your goal and a before pic on your Facebook wall.
- Tell your best friend.
- Write it in your journal.
- Comment on this post.
Like anything else that requires time, energy or money, you expect a return on your investment—and this investment in your health is no different. So, how do you measure that?
We recommend keeping a food and exercise journal to track every aspect of your program and change in your body. This will keep you accountable to stick with the plan you created plus provide a baseline of where you started and how your body changes over time.
Ready to make the most of the next eight weeks? Let us know what’s on your mind. Sound off in the comments below.