Now that school is back in session, many of us have the after affects of our eating habits during our vacations. Did you enjoy your family time during your vacation?  Family time is what’s most important.  You do need to unplug and recharge your batteries.  However, here is the sad fact…did you know that the average person gains 8 lbs while on vacation? It’s true.  Take multiple vacations over the summer, and you may be looking at even more weight gain. Guess what? You aren’t the only the one. It happened to me to. Yep, it sure did. Too many vacations, too much good food, too much fun leads to weight gain for many of us.

 

Okay..it happened. Now what? Do we use the weight gain as a reason to be mad at ourselves?  Do we stay trapped in the same vicious cycle? Or do we say ENOUGH is ENOUGH and do something about it? While making the change may seem difficult, after all it does take focus, determination, perseverance, and commitment, change can happen using 3 easy steps.

 

Step 1 Fitness:

 

I had a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trainer tell me one time when I told him I started working out, “It’s good that you are moving!”  You don’t have to be an all or nothing person, but you must move. If you haven’t worked out in a long time, start easy and simply go for a walk. Go swimming with your kids. Pick something that is going to challenge you. Not only will it help you lose weight, but you will improve your cardiovascular health.

 

You need to work your way up to working out 5-6x/week. You must then be consistent with working  out 5-6x/week. Remember, you won’t see results right away. It will take time, so you need to be patient. I personally started seeing results in weeks 4 & 5, with proper eating, and YOU can too.

 

Step 2 Nutrition:

 

I cannot stress enough the importance of eating healthy. I did a great program back in May called the 21-day Ultimate Reset and I lost 14lbs in 21 days which is incredible.  I now consistently eat healthy as a result of the reset. I feel so much better eating healthy. My body can tell the difference.

 

If you aren’t ready to jump into a 21-day total body reset, I suggest that you join the Team Beachbody Club and use the meal planner to get you moving in the right direction. There is so much information out there in cyber world and on the TV that it can be confusing on what or how you should eat. The meal planner in the Team Beachbody Club membership is based on healthy, simple, affordable eating.

 

Step 3 Support:

 

I tend to talk a lot about this step because it’s often the overlooked one. With Step 1, because you don’t see results right away, it’s easy to get frustrated. With Step 2, it can be difficult when you know that you should eat that apple, but you are staring down the cookies instead. This is where Step 3 comes in. Support can make or break you. With it, you can get over that hump of wanting to give up when you don’t feel good. Without it, it becomes very easy to simply accept your summer weight gain as is. Do this year after year and you can see how it’s easy to find yourself 20, 30, 50, or even 100 lbs overweight.

 

In short, if you are one of the thousands who has gained weight over this summer, have no fear. You don’t have to accept it. DO something about it. Get yourself moving with fitness, be sure that your nutrition is on point, and have the all-important support system behind you all the way. If you feel like you don’t have one of the steps and aren’t sure where to start, please reach out to me. I’d be honored to help point you in the right direction.