Oh hey, summer. Didn’t see you there.
Getting that summer body is something we talk about for SO long, then all of a sudden, sun’s out buns out, and we’re not ready!
Never fear, our Cancun Collection busy girl guide is here to make sure you’re looking and feeling your best as you prep to hit the beach this summer.
BE A GOALIE
First thing’s first – whenever you want to make a big change, you need to set goals. You’ll want to create long term goals (ie: lose 10 pounds) and short term goals (eat veggies with every meal for a week). The short term goals are important because you’ll be able to complete them quicker, which will motivate you to keep going. These “small goal” baby steps will add up big time, allowing you to complete your longer term goals. Winning!
THE BUDDY SYSTEM
One of the best ways to accomplish your goals and stick to your plan, is to have an accountability buddy who’s coming along this journey with you. This could be a friend or partner, a family member, or even your work collegues. The idea is to have someone that you check in with regularly, to vent about challenges, share your successes, and compare notes about how everything’s going. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Don’t you wish you could lose weight while you sleep? Well good news – you kinda can. Studies show that people who sleep less than seven hours per night tend to be heavier and have a more difficult time losing weight than those who get more sleep. There are several reasons for this but one notable one is that lack of sleep can slow down your metabolism – not the dream, right? It might mean turning in a little early so you’re still on time for work, but if you ask us – totally worth it. Plus, your skin will thank you as well. Zzzzzzzz….
We know we’re supposed to keep our skin moisture-rich, so we slather on all kinds of goodies to make it so. And guess what? Same goes for our insides. Staying hydrated is not only great for your skin, but it’s also awesome for your bod. Make sure to drink a big glass of water every morning upon waking up. You’ve (hopefully) been asleep for 8 hours – your body is thirsty! Bonus points if it’s not freezing cold – aim for room temperature or even warm (tip: leave the water pitcher on the counter), and add a little lemon to create a mini daily detox program for yourself.
Our favorite tip for getting a head start on that beach body: a kitchen makeover. Nope, we’re not talking about new wallpaper, more like, toss out all the bad stuff so you’re not tempted to eat it. What counts as “bad stuff”? Think: refined sugars and flours (cookies, cake, pasta, white bread), anything fried (don’t forget to clean out the freezer) and alcohol (yup.) If you get it out and keep it out, you’re not going to eat it, and you’re going to make better choices with every meal. Try to stick to it for a month, and try to eat clean outside of the house as well. And see how you feel. Pretty quickly, you’ll notice that you’ll have more energy, less bloat (hallelujah!) and you’ll start seeing the results in the mirror as well.
WALK IT OFF
Sure, hitting the gym is great, but if you’re just starting out with a fitness routine, walking is one of the best ways to get into shape. It’s easy on your body, it gets you outside for some fresh air, and, hey – it’s free! Aim for an hour a day: in the morning, on your lunch break, in the evening. You can even sneak in walks here and there throughout your day – get off the train a little sooner or park your car way further away than you need to. Better yet, leave the car at home and skip the train altogether if you can, and get that blood pumping!
KEEP IT UP
Hands down, the top tip to keep in mind is to not give up. Yes there will be that accidental cookie and that day you forget to drink enough water. Or maybe you fall into a tub of ice cream and eat the whole thing. The important thing is that you get back on the horse and keep moving forward. Keep making good choices, keep loving yourself, and keep taking care of the awesome human you are.