Summer seems to be the time that I struggle the most with maintaining my weight. Why? It’s THE HEAT!
It’s hot as hell here in Houston, especially in the summer months. Having lived half of my adult life in Los Angeles, my body still hankers for that golden weather, great for beach walking and nature hiking all year round.
Even though I was born and raised in Texas, somehow it seems way hotter now than the days of my youth. I can’t believe I used to run around and play in this kind of heat. Maybe it’s because I’m older? Dunno.
All I know is, the hotter it is, the more likely I am to stay indoors where it’s nice and cool. The only way to beat the heat is to get out and exercise early in the morning. Not being an early riser, that doesn’t happen too often.
Much as I love love LOVE my treadmill desk, walking outdoors is important.
- your body needs the Vitamin D
- it’s the best way to enjoy the beauty of nature
- it’s more strenuous to walk outdoors than on a treadmill, so it’s a higher quality workout.
In addition to getting less sweat-inducing quality outdoor exercise, here’s the other thing about summer: I tend to eat more dairy. Cold soothing stuff like frozen yogurt. Greek yogurt. Cheese. The occasional frozen margarita. All very refreshing. But my body doesn’t like dairy. Or fruity drinks. A little bit is ok, but the minute I eat more than “a little”, my weight jumps up 3-4 pounds.
Oh yeah, I forgot — I made teacakes last week for the first time in months and have been nibbling at them ever since. They taste good cold.
So yeah, my MyFitnessPal (MFP) status at the end of most days has been in the red, as in MINUS calories remaining. (That’s one of my maintenance rules: all calories consumed are entered into MFP religiously, no matter what the ugly truth is.)
So no, I wasn’t exactly surprised to see 136.5 on the scale, after having maintained 132.5 since January.
Knowing all of this, what is my strategy? Allow myself 5 pounds leeway in the summer? Hell NO! That’s the road to 222.5 pounds!
THIS is the reality of maintenance. You have to figure out your seasonal patterns. Recognize what your body does and doesn’t like. Come up with strategies to overcome the obstacles that your body will create to sabotage your weight loss.
Not only that but remember the mental side of all this. I admit, the heat kinda depresses me a bit so I tend to stay indoors and snack a bit more than usual. Plus there’s the usual “life” stuff — my cousin Glenda died suddenly in April and I miss her terribly. I also miss the triplets and worry about them a lot. Nobody is immune to “life” stuff and it plays a big part in our weight struggles…
My strategy is this: pretty much eliminate dairy, teacakes and fried foods until my weight is back to 132.5. That’s only 4 pounds away so not too bad. Also I need to go back to weekly weigh-ins, every Sunday.
I definitely need to make the effort to get out of the house more, maybe get up early and go for a walk. Or drive across town and visit my children even if it’s hot and I want to stay indoors. And take those teacakes with me…
Here’s the thing — it feels so good to only have 4 pounds to go … not 86!