Summer Babe Rules via Corinne
A lot of inspiration came from reading this woman’s blog and how she is kicking ass and taking names… I credit this article to her and I’m going to start sticking to these rules with only a month left to go of trying to get fit and be fabulous again!!
#1 No eating anything from the clubhouse.
I get those moments there where I could eat everything. It’s when I am bored or stressed out. I allow myself a little treat and it turns into a binge fest. That’s why, this summer, I will eat things that have been prepared by my mom or by myself. If I have to stay extra hours and I don’t have food, I can wait. I won’t die of starvation after 4 hours.
#2 Exercise 5 times a week.
Run, swim, hike a mountain, you name it. I like to run, because it makes my legs look great. And I will keep doing strength training. For me, my exercising will most likely be 45 minutes of running + 15 minutes of weights. Whatever it is, I have to do it. It’s so easy to say: Tomorrow. I will go run tomorrow. Hell no. That’s for lazy people. Are you lazy? Am I lazy? NO! I’ll get up an hour ealier and run with the sunrise if I have to.
#3 Party like a skinny bitch
Sarah, one of my best friends, warned me. Partying is going to happen, and a lot. Instead of drinking beer after beer or sugary cocktails, I will stick with vodka & sparkling water. And if I know a party is going to be happening, I will eat less or exercise more that day.
#4 No ice cream, what’s so ever.
It’s simple. Some of you might be gasping of terror right now, but ice cream to me is like cocaine to a junkie. If I start eating some, if I start allowing myself to eat some, I’ll never stop. Never. So no ice cream.
#5 Only eat when hungry.
I am slowly learning to do this at the moment. I used to eat lunch at noon, dinner at six, whether I was hungry or not. I have realized that this is a horrible habit. You eat when you are hungry and you stop eating when you aren’t. It’s easier said than done, I agree, but I’ll work every day at it.
#6 Do cheat, in moderation.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a piece of fried chicken or a piece of pie at a BBQ. What’s wrong is when you stuff yourself at dinner and then have two big slices of cake for dessert, just for the hell of it. We all know what moderation is. We can indulge, in moderation. Not everyday, of course, but a little dessert here and there, with exercise, will not kill your weight loss.
#7 No more fizzy drinks, even Diet Coke.
Oh lord, that is going to be a hard one, but it’s been a long time coming. Fizzy drinks, even diet ones, make your insulin levels go up and you body registers them as sugar, whether they have calories or not. I will stick to water & coffee. Water hydrates you and coffee makes you poo. Perfect combo.
#8 Take time to look good.
How many of us forget to think about ourselves? This rule might be a little vain, but I take it to heart. If I know I look good, I feel better about myself and that makes me happier. During the summer, I don’t really care about my appearance. I wake-up, throw on a t-shirt and leave for the day. This summer, I want to care about my appearance, whether it’s superficial or not. I can wake-up 15 minutes earlier and who knows, maybe do my hair, apply a little mascara, wax my legs instead of shaving them, exfoliate my skin… Make efforts. That will make you feel better and hence, more confident. Feeling beautiful also makes you work harder at losing weight or being more fit. It’s an encouragement.
#9 Weigh myself everyday
Last summer, when the scale started to go up, I stepped off of it for two months. Not this summer. To you, it might seem obsessive, but to me, it’s preventive.
#10 HAVE FUN
It might seem like I am being strict with myself, but I really don’t think so. These rules will allow me to enjoy the most of my summer and to be healthy at the same time. I want to have an amazing summer. The most important part is to enjoy yourself. Don’t spend afternoons by the pool hiding behind a towel. If you work hard to keep your weight loss going, your confidence will rise up and you’ll enjoy yourself even more. Think of yourself in a bikini on the beach or of yourself in a skimpy little dress on the patio of a bar on a warm summer evening. Weight loss and health should not be discarded, but loved ones either. Take time to enjoy meals, nights out and days on the boat with them. Eat that slice of pizza, have that one margarita. Just don’t be excessive. Be moderate (yes, I know, easier said than done).
Are you ready for summer? With these rules, I know I am! Let’s have a good one and look even better in September, yes? I don’t doubt one second that I can do this. I just have to remember every day what my goals and motivations are!