There’s this saying I have about the weight we gain while on vacation. You know, when you travel and perhaps have more cocktails than usual or an extra s’more or two by the campfire. Anyway, I think it applies to quarantine weight too. The saying is “lose it before it finds a home”. And what I mean by this is that if you work on taking it back off before you get comfy with it, it’ll come off faster and easier! Because, well, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you didn’t gain it overnight and you can’t expect to lose it overnight either.” But hey, you did! So, it shouldn’t be as difficult to take it off. Losing weight after a small binge is much easier than losing it once it’s found a home! Try these 5 simple tips on how to lose weight and get back into your pre-quarantine clothes before returning to work, the world and UGH, hitting the beach!
Love Your Body
In case this is the first time you’ve read anything I’ve written I thought I should mention this. At UA we fully believe that ALL weight loss and body change come from a place of self-love. Not hatred or punishment! If you’re trying to lose weight because you’re disgusted with yourself it’s time to change your mindset. Weight loss is a symptom of body love not the cause of it! Love your body where it is right now! Love the way it feels, what it does and how it looks! The only way to be successful in weight loss long term is to come from a place of prioritizing health and wellness out of love! Otherwise you’re just at war with your body! Make love, not war (you know what I mean)!
1. Ditch the Scale
I know… I just talked about losing weight and then said ditch the scale, that sounds crazy! Hear me out though… scales are wildly inaccurate as a measure of success. The only thing their consistently awesome at is making you doubt yourself and feel frustrated! Everything from body composition changes, to water retention, to hormones and even poop can impact the number you see on the scale! So, stop putting so much stock in it!
Let me ask you, if you put on your favorite jeans today and can’t button them but next week you can, will you know you’ve made progress? Will it matter what the scale says? EXACTLY! So, give it a shot, ditch the scale!
Did you catch that reference above about wearing jeans? Well… wear jeans, or anything that isn’t stretchy for that matter! This is a quick and easy way to see how far off you are and to track your progress! Plus, if you wear them all day, you’ll have a lot of pressure to stick to your healthy eating routine! As in, real pressure, you know, around your thighs and tummy!
I try to wear jeans at least once a week (yes, I usually bum around in work out clothes after exercising). This helps me stay on track and keeps me aware of what’s going on with my body. No shame, but if my jeans are feeling snug I know I need to be a bit more careful!
Be Intuitive… Track How You’re Feeling
Another great way to stay motivated is to keep track of how you’re feeling. You’re not likely to feel like your healthiest, best, most productive self when you’re eating cookies and chips. In fact, you’re likely to have headaches, feel bloated and have difficulty concentrating. When you love your body and want to feel your best just being aware of how food and activity impact you will be motivation enough to make a change!
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2. Manage Your Stress & Get Some Rest
Everything and I do mean EVERYTHING hinges on a good night’s sleep! It’s time to clean up your bedtime and morning routines and start getting the rest you need! You know, not too much and not too little, just enough! But getting in the Goldilocks sleep zone can be tough!
Start off by striving to get 8 hours of sleep at the same time every night (yes, even on weekends)! Create a bedtime and morning routine that support this habit. And don’t forget to include stress management techniques throughout your day and before you start your bedtime routine to ensure you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep!
Between the lack of a proper schedule and the stress of COVID and quarantine we’ve all struggled with our sleep habits. That’s part of the reason we’ve put on a few pounds in the first place. It’s time to get back to your normal healthy life habits, before that weight finds a home!
You know I’m all about helping you with sleep and stress management! I have a whole segment in my FREE eBook about it! I even have templates to create your ideal morning and bedtime routine and exercises to help you manage stress!
3. Choose Plants
I don’t know about you, but I find it to be much easier to add foods to my diet rather than eliminate them! Who wants to feel hungry and deal with cravings? That’s why the first thing I do when I’m trying to get back into my normal eating routine is add plants! I eat about 7 – 9 cups of fruits and veggies a day. Yes, that’s A LOT! The recommended daily allowance is 5. Are you eating 5 cups of fruits and veggies a day? If you start, you’ll see incredible impacts. You’ll feel amazing, have an abundance of energy, sleep better and your cravings will disappear! Plus, it’s not even that hard and you will never feel hungry!
The most important thing about eating more plants though is the health benefits you reap. Of course, your clothes will fit better. But you’ll also see prevention or improvement in chronic disease. And let’s face it, in a post-COVID world we all know how important it is to prevent or resolve diseases that put you at high risk.
So, here’s the deal, before you concern yourself with eliminating certain foods or making some forbidden, focus on what you can add. This way you won’t be relying on willpower or fighting cravings and hunger! Go ahead… eat the chips and chocolate… AFTER you eat 5 cups of plants!
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4. Drink ALL the Water
So, let me ask, what have you been drinking lately? I’m going to guess it’s not water! With your messy sleep routine, you’re probably drinking plenty of coffee in the morning. And tell me, is it wine, vodka or beer you’re drinking at night? You know, to take the edge off and keep your mind from racing when your head hit’s the pillow. What do you drink throughout the day? Soda? Iced tea? I’m guessing not a lot of water!
Look, I get it! We all get out of our usual routines when our lives are turned upside down! Now that we’re looking at right side up again it’s time to get back to drinking all the water! If you’re old school and want to stick to 6 – 8 8oz glasses a day, hey, go for it! But if you want to kick it up a notch try drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. I know it sounds impossible but it’s completely doable! Obviously, I have tips for this and several customizable habit trackers in the eBook!
5. Get Moving
The quickest way to change your body and your mood is to get moving! You don’t have to hit the gym or go for a run. You could do some gardening or have a dance party in your living room! The important thing is to turn off Netflix for at least a half hour a day and move your body! (BTW… It’s easier if you do it before you turn on Netflix to begin with, try to get movement into your morning routine).
Take on something that you find fun and doable and just stick to it! There are only 2 rules, be consistent and enjoy!
How to Lose Weight Post Quarantine
Take on these steps in any order you like but whatever you do, don’t wait! The most important thing about losing weight is to get to it as soon as possible. Don’t waste time spinning out in a shame spiral. What happened, happened. You coped in the best way you could during these unprecedented times! It’s not permanent. It’s not a disaster! You CAN do this! Just get busy before those extra pounds find a home!