A lot of you are wondering, I'm sure, how to brave the swimsuit season that is now upon us. It's not uncommon to be so swamped with work, family, and responsibilities that we don't have time to do the things we want to do like go to the gym after work, or go food shopping in advance in order to be sure we eat right. I'm a bit of a health nut myself, but I try to be moderate with it.
And so in light of the season (and oh, what a season!), I bring you... Adrianne's Tips for Getting Into Your Favorite Swimsuit and Therefore Impressing Hot Guys:
1) Don't skip meals. I mean it. You'll only compensate for the calories later and it won't teach you how to eat in order to maintain afterwards.
2) Drink plenty of water, and ditch the soda. Soda dehydrates and it's calories you don't need besides. And instead of diet soda, drink tea. My favorite combo is green and mint tea. :)
3) Go out for walks during your lunch break. It's a great way to fit in exercise to a busy schedule.
4) Take the stairs versus the elevator, and park further away from the office. Every chance you have to avoid being sedentary and keep active counts.
5) Brown bag it. It's less taxing on your wallet and you're less likely to eat junk food that way.
6) If you go out for drinks, only have ONE and nurse it--and avoid the overly sugary drinks like daiquiris, margaritas, and fruity wines. Dry white wine averages about 60-65 calories per glass. Two of those and you might as well have had a soda. Moderation is the key!
7) Eat healthy snacks. Things like fruit and chopped veggies are good. My favorite snack is this brown rice cake that's butter and caramel flavored--it's like eating super healthy popcorn with an amazingly low sugar content. However, there's no dairy or gluten in there--a nice to know for the allergic out there. :)
8) If you order salads, get them either with very lean protein or completely without--and either get fat-free/lo-cal dressing on the side or just use a small amount of olive oil, vinegar, and pepper. Some salads are high enough in calorie and fat content that you might as well have had a cheeseburger.
9) When you eat out, fill up on soup or salads first before your meal. And doggie bag the rest.
10) Another restaurant tip is ordering appetizers for your main meal. I like to order things like spring veggie rolls (rice wrapper with fresh veggies, no frying or anything like that) and hummus plates.
What are some of your favorite summer activities? Do you find yourself more or less active when the weather gets warmer?
Me, I do yoga year round, but am more likely to go outside for power walks and long walks when it's warm outside. I also enjoy swimming, and plan to replace the tires on my bike and enjoy the trails.
Love & Magic,