It’s summer time. That means women all around the world are looking in the mirror and questioning if their body is bikini ready. With that in mind let me ask you a question…have you reached your goal weight yet? I am by no means the spitting image of Gisele Bundchen, however I like to try and look good when I walk out the door…especially during these hot summer months. Don’t get me wrong I do have my sweat pant days where I just lounge around my apartment and go to the grocery store in nothing buy my yoga pants.
How are you reaching your goal weight?
I would usually do anything for 15 minutes more sleep, but I like to try and make an effort to stay healthy and keep myself looking nice because it’s good for my self esteem – when you look good you feel good, right?
I have a young sister (by 3 years) who is very active. Her body with less than 5% fat is motivation enough to get to the gym. However not everyone likes working out. Some people even say that reaching your goal weight is more about what you eat than how you move. I think it’s a combination of both. Exercising keeps us looking good on the outside and eating healthy keeps us good on the inside.
Tips that have helped me get my body summer ready.
Drink lots of water. Avoid those sugary drinks. I am a huge iced tea addict. I would walk a mile in the rain for a Diet Lemon Snapple, but the truth is iced tea has a lot of sugar in it or at least sugar substitutes. You know how people tell you eating cake and cupcakes will make you fat well that’s because they are full of sugar. Swap your sugary drinks like soda, juice and iced tea for water and watch the weight come off.
Buy the size you want to be. If you need some motivation to reach your goal weight my advice is to go shopping. This has been a big helper for me this summer. I know a lot of people say they’ll buy themselves something nice once they reach their goal weight, but I took a more proactive approach. I bought a pair of jean shorts two sizes too small to get me motivated.
Make sure you get active every day. I know it’s easier to lay on your couch than exercise but there are 24 hours in every day. I think we can all find 30 minutes for ourselves. Try to be active every day even if it’s just for a few minutes. Some people only like to work out if they have an hour of free time. This is the wrong way of thinking about exercise. Workout routines are habit forming so get in the habit of doing it every day. I recently read in SELF Magazine that Kate Hudson makes time to be active every day even if it’s only for 20 minutes. That’s the attitude of a healthy happy girl.
How do you keep fit?
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