Before I get to today’s topic, I want to share two articles. The first is written by one of the owners & trainers at Achieve Fitness (my gym) and is about the struggles that even trainers face with the scale. The second article is one that she shared via social media and is an eye opener about what we are teaching children about health in the grocery store. Please take some time to read both of these!
For most people, well in New England at least, you look forward to summer all year long. Beautiful, sunny, long days. Plenty of fun things to do outside. Tons of parties and time to spend with friends and family.
Unless you are trying to lose weight.
At least for me, summer is the hardest months to lose weight. Even in the winter months, the temptation to indulge isn’t as strong as it is in the summer.
This was my reward after my second half-marathon
In the summer I run a lot more than I do in the winter. But with the running comes the mindset, well I burned X calories so I can eat this. I don’t tend to do that with strength training for some reason.
Also in the summer are the every weekend bbq’s and beer and desserts. This is where the summer gets sneaky on ya.
The desserts, like strawberry shortcake, that’s healthy right? I mean it has strawberries.
Of course, then we have the drinks. Nothing tastes as good on a summer day as an ice cold beer or margarita on the rocks, right?
Then last but not least, and this may only be a problem for me, is the abundance of celebrations in the summer months.
For us it kicks off in May with my sister’s birthday, mothers day, and both our mom’s birthdays. June has fathers day & my birthday. July has our anniversary, B’s birthday, and Nick’s birthday. Talk about dessert over load.
So for me, I am looking forward to fall, the slowdown with the crazy celebrations and the regular eating.
What months are hardest for you?