It’s time to start thinking about how you’ll look on the beach this summer. Most of us tackle this issue by saying to ourselves, “Gotta think about losing weight.” If this applies to you, then this is the time to get moving. Don’t wait until Memorial weekend because, if it’s done correctly, losing weight takes a certain amount of time.
Great day at the beach
WHERE TO START? If you don’t go to a gym, perhaps it’s a good idea to think about signing up. A gym doesn’t work for me because I can’t fit it into my life. But if you decide to go regularly (the gals in my office prefer early morning) you’ll set up an exercise schedule and that’s good. (I walk a total of 30 blocks going to-and-from my office every day.)
SET A GOAL This includes both a weight and time goal. Look at the calendar and say, “Okay, X number of lbs. in X number of days.” Keep both of these numbers in your head and periodically repeat them. Losing weight is 90% between the ears.
DIETING IS MENTAL? Yes. And I can say this because I just lost 40 lbs with no home delivery of diet meals. No counting calories. No fancy diet books with endless charts for keeping track of one’s progress. And no punishing three-day juice diets.
KEEP IT SIMPLE Here’s how I did it. I decided to eliminate three things in order to lose weight: a) desserts, b) bread, c) liquor (which was mainly white wine at dinner with a Screwdriver or Bloody Mary every so often).
A delicious Screwdriver with vodka
Guess which was the hardest to forego? BREAD! The other two were relatively easy.
KEEP IT A SECRET This is very important: do not tell your spouse, boyfriend or your mother, that you are on a diet. This will hinder your progress. Talking about food and calories dilutes the result. Once the weight is off everyone will notice.
DON’T FLAUNT IT Where I work, one young lady wore a calorie counter on her upper arm that everyone could see. It had a wide, black strap so, at first, we thought she was in mourning. Of course, this became a topic of conversation. She didn’t lose an ounce.
TREAT YOURSELF If you are absolutely craving a no-no food, go ahead and have it because you don’t want to feel as if you’re punishing yourself. In my case, once I bit into a delicious slice of panelle (bread) I immediately calmed down. That was it. I stopped thinking about bread.
IT’S ALL WORTH IT Once you’ve actually taken off the weight you’ll feel terrific. So reward yourself. Buy a great pair of jeans that fit perfectly or a new bathing suit. You’ll love how you look.
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