As I’ve mentioned, I got engaged in October (to the most amazing guy… But that’s not the point) and it seems that we’re at a point where a lot of our friends are also getting married or know people who are etc. Last night one girl was telling me about her friend who is eating only lean cuisines and skipped lunch so she could have a dessert…. Not good. But it got me thinking, I know tons of people who, whether a wedding or spring break or class reunion, get so caught up in looking good for that one thing. Now, don’t get me wrong I’m going on another trip in a couple of weeks and am definitely a little more aware since I’ll be on a beach and, yes, the thought of looking good in my wedding dress crosses my mind but why not make a lifestyle change instead of starving yourself for a month? it’s more intimidating, sure, but in the long run it’s a way better pay off.
So, how do you do it? Start small. Starving yourself for a month is not a healthy pattern, and it’s not something you’ll be able to (or should!) keep up. You will end up bingeing at some point and then what? Trade a dessert for fruit or a mocha for a cup of coffee with some milk. Normally get two portions? Maybe just get one with extra veggies. The point is, take some small steps. Once you have those into your routine add in the next, an extra 10 min on your run or an extra ab workout in the week. Too busy planning and meeting vendors to add in time? Up the intensity, add in intervals to your run or if you’re on a treadmill, up your speed. And as always don’t let yourself fall into a routine that lets your body adapt (we’re all guilty of it now and then). In a rush? Make more small steps at the same time but make changes you will be able to follow through with.
Maybe you already eat well and are just trying to get in even better shape…that’s awesome! Still be smart about it. Change up your routine, try a new fitness class or add hills instead of speed intervals. Basically, throw your body out of its comfort zone. But always stay on top of your nutrition, not getting enough calories will not do you any favors… And, as you probably know, can make it harder to lose weight or lean out. Increase protein and trade out a portion of bread or pasta for some green beans but don’t skip meals, and increase your water intake 🙂
What steps have you started out with? Or what ways do you change up your workouts?