It's the first day of spring. Regardless of impending snowfall here in New York, the official end of winter brings about feelings of joy, relief, and for some, sheer panic.
It's officially spring and I spent all winter sitting on my butt eating chips and drinking hot cocoa. What am I going to do?
If you're in that boat, don't worry! There's still plenty of time for you to get yourself together so that you'll feel strong and confident on the beach.
What You Can Do
Step away from the junk food. Diet is the most important part of changing your body, so be sure to stick to whole fruits and vegetables and stay away from processed garbage. Every time you reach for a snack, ask yourself if you are actually hungry, or if you're just eating out of boredom.
Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to flushing out your system and getting rid of any bloating.
Lift heavy weights. Choose a weight that only allows you to perform 5-8 reps of each exercise. This should leave your breathless and sweaty.
Move more. Whether you like to walk the dog, go for runs, ride your bike or take the stairs instead of the elevator, make sure that you are moving more than your are sitting.
Intermittent fasting. I swear by intermittent fasting, but it is definitely not for everyone. I eat all of my food for the day between 9AM and 4PM. Some people prefer to eat later, so they make their eating hours between 12PM and 7PM. You can read more about intermittent fasting here.
What You Can't Do
Beat yourself up. We all have bad days/weeks/months, and bouncing back is possible. When you're too hard on yourself, it makes it that much harder to get back in the game. Instead of being upset, be proactive.
Starve yourself. Eating isn't like smoking - you can't just quit cold turkey. Instead of feeling guilty when you eat, choose healthier options and celebrate what you put into your body.
Overdose on cardio. You can't out-exercise a bad diet, and eventually your body will stop responding to the cardio, no matter how sweaty you get. Pick up heavy weights.
Will something to happen. Unfortunately, in order to see results, you've got to put in some hard work. Stay motivated (I love using Instagram for motivation!), stay dedicated, plan your workouts, prep your food and make changes.
What You Should Do (Starting Today!)
Plan your workouts. I schedule all of my workouts in Google Calendar so that I don't overbook myself and run out of time. It's also helpful to have an appointment scheduled so that I feel guilty skipping it! I even schedule things around it (ex: the bank is right next to the gym, so I'll plan to deposit checks after my workout. I have to go to the bank anyway, so I might as well stop at the gym on my way!)
Throw away the junk food. You won't be tempted to eat it if it's not in the house. Stock your fridge with healthy food and the cravings will disappear after a few days.
Track your water. Set a water intake goal for yourself (I aim for 100 oz a day) and keep drinking until you reach it.
Hit 10,000 steps. Park in the back of the lot, take the long way around the store, walk the dog, take the stairs... do whatever it takes to reach 10,000 steps!
Love yourself. As cheesy as it sounds, the most important thing you can do for your health is to make positive changes because you love your body, not because you hate it. Celebrate all your body can do & enjoy the process of watching it change.