This is a question I asked myself. My answer was a resounding yes! The reasons I told myself were:-
Its too hot to exercise?
Ok this is partly true? I have 2 dogs as you know. I would normally walk them twice a day. They are still getting their morning walk, but with temperatures at around 28/29 degrees when we get home at night, its not fair to take them out.
The way I look at it is, would you walk bare foot for an hour in a fur coat that time of night? The answer is no! Firstly, you would just die from the heat in the fur coat, and secondly, the sun has heated up the tarmac all day. You would burn your feet if you tried to walk on it without shoes. Dogs are the same. Their paws would burn very quickly. Instead we allow them to run around the garden.
As for the gym, well yes its air conditioned but they don’t seem to have it turned up enough!
Lets fire up the Braai/BBQ
In my house that means having a plate of nibbles while the fire is heating up, and a cold drink of wine for me and beer for my hubby?
Do you have salad dressings that are high in calories, garlic bread, white rolls too? Of course we do!
Why be inside when I could sit outside?
So I have a choice, the housework or sitting in the sun, in the garden with a book? Yep, I’m going for the sun everytime! I mean, we only have it a few months of the year don’t we!
Its such a nice day, why don’t we got to the pub on the way home for a quick one?
Isn’t it funny that as soon as the sun comes out, sitting in a beer garden suddenly seems so appealing. And its only the one drink. Then you come home and think you may as well sit in the garden and have another!
Lets invite friends around for a garden party?
Its such an opportunity to get your friends round for some drinks and nibbles. We can all sit in the garden chatting. Dipping our hands into a selection of nibbles and not really knowing what we are doing! Then there is the alcohol!
Its so nice, I could just have an icecream to cool me down!
Well it would be rude not too wouldn’t it!
My hubby and I have been doing all of the above to some degree lately! We were on holiday recently in Scotland, the weather was warm but not like it is now. We still enjoyed a couple of drinks in the evening, but managed to come back 1.5lbs lighter!
On Monday I got on the scales and am now another 5lb heavier in 2 weeks. So what is the difference?
I really had to think about this question! The truth is the difference was me! Its nothing to do with the weather, it is my own attitude and motivation!
So what did I do differently?
I wanted to make sure I did the most steps I could each day, so made sure we chose activities that meant we did a lot of walking. If it was warm, we took the dogs on routes on grass and near water so they could cool off.
I also realised there wasn’t an excuse not to go to the gym! Yes it was a bit warm, but I just needed to make sure I drank plenty of water. I also didn’t push myself as hard if I was getting too hot! It’s better to do something than nothing!
I planned my food better! I always put a packed lunch in our cool bag each day. I planned when I was going to need bread, so that I could have my HEB of a wholemeal roll rather than a white one!
I knew each day what I was eating and when. I always filled up on the right things so I wasn’t tempted. If hubby wanted an icecream, I had a diet coke!
I thought about my treats. I would save them for the evenings in case I wanted that snack. If I did, I measured it out! I also made sure there were healthy option of treats, and not many bad ones. If I didn’t have them, I couldn’t eat them!
I put plenty of fruit in too!
I kept to my Slimline Wine. Its less calories than normal wine. I also love it, so rather than drink it quickly, I’d relax and enjoy it. It is only 410 calories a bottle, comes in white, red, white sparkling and red sparkling. The sparkling ones are equal to any champagne you will drink! Its only available online at the moment, but well worth it. Check out their website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePncnDheAGk&t=1s .
It’s also sugar and carb free and suitable for vegans! Another bonus is that due to the low sulphur, you don’t get a hangover !
If I was really thirsty I would have a sugar free soft drink first! You will be surprised how much that makes a difference!
If we did go to the pub, what is wrong with a soft drink? If you really want a glass of wine, order a small not a large!
Inviting friends round!
You don’t need to stop seeing your friends, just think about it! If you don’t know what is being served, eat before you go out. If you are already full, you are less likely to pick!
If you are doing the entertaining perfect! Fill the table with healthy options, such a raw vegetables, homemade vegetable crisps etc. Cherry tomatoes are good for picking at! Look online and be creative! Pizza made from Weight Watchers wraps are really good and if you plan it in, it could be your HEB too.
If you want garlic bread, again you can make this yourself using your HEB, Garlic Frylight and lazy garlic!
Make sure you have lots of healthy salads available, as well as salad dressings. Balsamic, lemon and vinaigrette dressings are perfect!
Don’t forget to remove the skin from the chicken! See how much fat is in the skin on my Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePncnDheAGk&t=1s – you will be surprised!
When it comes to the desserts, avoid high calorie ones. Fruit salads, recipe on my website for a mousse is delicious. Check out http://www.slimminginspirations4u.com.
Ultimately, the only thing that is impacting on your weight loss is you! When you stop and really think about it, there are some easy things you can do to put it right. So what are you waiting for? I’ve now given myself a good talking to, so am hoping to get those pounds back off!
Good luck with your journey too!