Are you dreading the summer? Does your weight loss journey always take a back seat in the summer time?
Kids home from school usually means less time for mom. Last summer, I ditched the gym to hang out with the kids and I will likely be doing it again, this summer – with a newborn due in June. For six weeks, I didn’t step foot into the gym and I am happy to report I dropped my body fat to the lowest I’ve ever been in two years. How did I do it?
It was summer break, the kids were out of school and it wasn’t intentional to skip the gym, but I just started being more intentional about getting active with them and we were going to the parks, going for walks, and getting in workouts when I was with them versus dragging myself (and them) to the gym.
I am not saying that I didn’t work out at all, I did work out from home and when we’d go to the park, I would also do my little work out while the kids were playing and since it was summertime which is my favorite time I would just prefer to workout outside rather than go to the gym. Another thing I did was I also focused on my stress levels and getting better sleep. I posted, last week, about how your sleep schedule may be making you sick.
A lot of fitness professionals don’t really talk about how our stress levels and sleep is really affecting our weight, weight gain, weight loss, and this is something I wanted to bring your attention to it and share with you how to paying attention to your stress levels can actually help you lose weight. So here is a summary of what I did to lose weight while staying out of the gym:
- I stayed active several times a week by going to the park and I made sure that I wasn’t stagnant, wasn’t sitting on the couch watching TV and I just put more of a priority on staying active, instead of my gym workouts.
- I started getting to bed at a decent hour and really allowing myself to get into that restful sleep. I paid attention to my stress levels a found a way to reduce my exposure to those stress levels and really being more intentional about reducing that stress. As a work from home mom, I used to always work after the kids went to bed, worked before they got up and was always glued to my phone – never giving myself a break to relax.
- I put up strong boundaries on when I was going to bed – even if it meant I had to miss an important webinar or team call. As someone who has recovered from burnout and adrenal fatigue, sleep is now a high priority.
The hours of sleep you’re getting is important, but also the quality of sleep is even more important. You need to get into restful sleep cycles because our body recharges and detoxes in the sleep process. You need to focus more on getting well rested, and if you get up super early, you need to go to bed earlier, making sure you’re getting your seven to nine hours of sleep and actually you’re getting into those deep sleep cycles while you are sleeping.
It is my philosophy to work smarter, not harder. I can tell you if I am not having fun, I am not doing it!
I spent years grinding and burning the candle on both ends and when I decided to try something different, I realized most women are working way too hard and losing weight can can done easier, simpler and faster.
What is your biggest struggle with losing weight?