Easy Ways To Get Your Body Summer Ready Without Any Drastic Measures
Easy Ways To Get Your Body Summer Ready Without Any Drastic Measures
My little bundles of love are 6 years, 3 months, 1 week & 1 day old.
Yup, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up, and the kids will be out of school in only a couple weeks’ time. How can we prepare ourselves for the beach weather soon coming our way?
#1) First off, have confidence ALWAYS, and be more forgiving of yourself.
NOONE IS FLAWLESS!
We are our own worst enemies. We can pick out and magnify our flaws like nobody else can (and like nobody else does.) Remember that the world is not viewing you as harshly as you are viewing yourself. So, while we are always looking to improve ourselves, both inside and out, remember that you are ALWAYS beautiful, and that nobody in this world is EVER perfect! Don’t believe everything you see on T.V. and view in magazines. Don’t try to live up to airbrushed images because they are a falsehood. I know this has helped me myself when I gain weight or simply loosen up from lack of activity, or notice a couple of new lines on my face. Only work to please yourself and never anybody else.
It is normal to want to like what you see in the mirror, but try to not judge yourself so harshly, which all women are prone to doing. Do BE confident. Confidence IS beautiful! People can spot it a mile away, as it shines through every pore. It draws people to you, no lie. So work on your confidence level and your self-esteem more so than all else. It’s good to work towards your goals, but love yourself and know you are hot even with a few extra pounds, etc. during this journey. It will help you get further in it too, believe it or not. Confidence and determination and believing in yourself will help you to stick to your goals and be happier too while you are on your way to achieving them.
#2) NEVER, EVER starve yourself, but do make some changes with how you eat.
Starving yourself is not only unhealthy, but if you lose weight that way, it is bound to return. That is just fact. Being more aware of what you are eating and/or reducing portion sizes, both- even better, but do what you can, is a much better way to obtain your goals. Throwing in some better foods into your diet will make you healthier on the inside and looking better and more lean on the outside as well. So try and curb your desire for that cheesecake, though I do believe you can’t deny yourself every indulgence in life, just make them fewer and further between, and lowering your portion sizes of your lunches and dinners, etc. definitely helps.
The stomach does shrink a bit with smaller portions of food, and this is OK to do, just not to an extreme. You do need an ample amount of food every day to keep your body, your machine, running smoothly. You want to feel satisfied after eating, but over-eating to the point of being over-full will not help you attain your goals. Eat until satisfied, and you will see that it takes less food to make you feel this way over time. Just be sure you are taking in enough food, not depriving yourself of important nutrients during your day. Going too far and skipping meals is not at all what I am referring to here. And you don’t have to eat celery sticks and such, just tone down some of the carbs, eat smaller portions of them, and avoid over-snacking in between meals. Sometimes eating more than 3 more frequent, smaller meals helps a person to lose weight and to stay more food satisfied throughout the day.
#3) Chew gum instead of needless snacking.
When I get hungry in between meals I chew some sugarless gum. It is a practice that I have started not long ago, as I do weigh 10 lbs. more now than after I had my twins 6 years ago. Unfortunately, age and metabolism catches up with everybody, so while as you age things will get harder. It may not be as easy to build muscle, but it is definitely doable, and it may be harder to lose weight, but it is also doable. And I just find that chewing gum helps me to NOT want something to throw into my mouth whenever the mood suits me. I eat, of course, but it definitely does help out in between meals and leads to less snacking. Chewing gum is also said to reduce stress. Who knew? So chew on! (Lollipops can also help with the oral fixation, but it is easier to pull out some gum to chew, especially while out in public places.)
#4) Stay more busy. It distracts the brain!
A bored brain is way more prone to going to the fridge, even when you aren’t really hungry at all. This is one of the reasons we pack on more pounds during the winter months, coupled with less activity, which is a BAD combination. We tend to be home more during cooler months and the fridge starts looking REALLY good. So do your very best to resist those urges, only eat when you do feel truly hungry, and keep your mind occupied, even if it is in the house, which does make it harder. You can resist the fridge!
#5) Eat less sugar & salt
Sugar not only helps you to pack on pounds, but also accelerates the aging process. Who knew? I know I have cut out quite a bit of sugar in my own diet. I no longer take any in my tea, and now I am so used to that, that if I had a pinch of sugar it doesn’t take much at all for me to taste it. It used to take like 6 teaspoons of sugar to satisfy me with coffee or tea. You do get used to doing things a different way, and it does benefit you, weight wise and even with your skin too! Some salt is important for our brains, however, too much salt dehydrates the body, which is unhealthy, and it also causes bloating, which is never attractive and appears as ‘fat’, even though we know it is not.
Finding healthier alternatives and spices for your foods to add flavor and eating less processed and fast foods helps here. Also, did you know that not only salt, but also SUGAR has been shown to cause high blood pressure too in new studies. So for heart health and for your body, limit the intake of both of these substances as much as you can.
#6) Move your body, as being sedentary is a big no-no!
(Advice on helping this in case you have an office job, or work on a PC at home like I do, etc.)
You need ‘to move’ around in life for overall health. There is no denying that. It is shown that people who are sedentary all day long, not even all day long, have shorter life spans and accumulate more fat than people that even just work on their feet, even partially. I think spending hours and hours per day on the computer to edit videos, make posts and answer Squeem questions has definitely played a role in the weight gain I have had since the twins were a few years old. If you must work sitting down all day, get up and move around every 20 minutes or so. This will help with circulation and help to not retain as much fat in your body cells. Just playing with your children helps you to burn calories while having fun. A little bit of activity that you take for granted, can go a long way. And you will be healthier too!
#7) Constipation must be rectified.
This photo comparison makes my own comparison look like a joke. It gets much worse, but I am an extreme case.
It’s just an example.
I have SEVERE IBS with chronic constipation. I have had it my whole life, but it has only gotten worse with age. You have to deal with constipation, not just because of inward health but outward appearance as well. I can go 3-6 (no typo there) weeks without any bowl movement. I always wonder where the stuff goes, and I am taking action now, as it can’t be healthy, but it also retains food and causes weight gain and bloating. Sometimes in the morning my belly is as flat as a board, and by night fall I am looking quite pregnant. It’s all constipation.
Hopefully, if you have any of this you do not have it as bad as I do, but you need to put more fiber into your diet to help you maintain regular bowel movements. Laxatives are necessary if all else fails, however, make sure you take in plenty of fluids to avoid any possible dehydration. Fight to have one bowel movement at least every other day if not every day. For me that is a pipe dream, but is something I am desperately fighting to achieve, as I have a very sluggish digestive system. You won’t need as desperate measures as I do, but take in lots of fluid, lots of fiber rich foods, and if all else fails do continue with it but add a daily dose of Metamucill. If that fails you can also try Colace, Senekot-s, Miralax, etc. Clean bowels are healthy bowels and also help you lose weight and keep your overall health and body on the up and up. Plus, it GREATLY reducing bloating issues too.
#8) Exercise, but you don’t have to turn into Jane Fonda!
Who has the time, anyway?
We are all busy people. It is really hard to find time for exercise and just motivation overall, but it is doable. No matter who you are walking is always an easy way to burn calories and get more fit. Walk a little bit faster than you do right now to get more cardio. If you are working at home this is something that is definitely doable. Take your baby for a walk in the stroller, walk the dog, climb up and down the stairs, simply use stairs instead of elevators, get a stationary bike, elliptical or a treadmill that doesn’t become a tree to hang your clothing on (been there, done that.) Actually use it. Put it in front of the TV and time passes much more quickly this way. You’ll survive a lot longer if you have a program say DVR-ed that interests you and takes your mind off of the actual aspect of exercise. Use some light weights for toning when you can. Motivation is the absolute hardest part of exercise, but once you make it a routine, an actual habit, you can and will start reaping the rewards, and you will feel better mood wise as well. It takes 21 days to create a habit, so create it now so you will be beach ready real soon.
#9) NO LATE/ MIDNIGHT SNACKING
Everybody has been guilty of this, but eating late at night, anywhere near bedtime, packs on the pounds like no other time of the day because you are not getting any activity thereafter. You are simply going to bed, so no fat is being burned off. Can this habit, and you will definitely see a change in your body if you are a late night eater. I don’t eat after 8 PM. That is my personal rule, as I am in bed between 9:30 and 10 PM most nights. Not eating for two hours prior to bedtime, and not at all in the middle of the night, is a great way to curb those unnecessary pounds.
#10) Re-shape your body in ways that ARE possible & simple. No plastic surgery needed.
(No matter your body shape right now!)
If you want to thin down your waistline, get more of an hourglass shape and flatten the abs, the secret is not in crunches. Those are actually more harmful than good, as they can cause an abdominal separation. Of course, many abdominal exercises are a great way to build muscle underneath the skin and tone things up, but some of us need a bit more help than that. Not everybody can obtain an hourglass figure through exercise alone AT ALL!
If you do wish to make your tummy look amazing without grueling exercise, or in conjunction with exercise, and get the shape you always dreamt of having, simply use a quality belly binder with diligence. That will completely reshape your mid-section and bring you confidence about your tummy area that you never dreamed you could have again, or have ever. And it works for EVERYBODY! You don’t have to have had a baby and be postpartum to bind and benefit. That is why they make waist trainers and the visual results are apparent. You don’t have to be slim or any particular body type. If you search you can see how women have reshaped their figures over the centuries. Belly binding has been done forever, but now no longer needs to be painful or even uncomfortable.
No torture required!
(I know this has nothing to do with what I am discussing here, but it definitely looks painful.)
I always recommend the Squeem because it has changed my mid-section and gave me back the shape I never dreamt I’d have after bearing 5 children, including twins. Again, no need to have had kids at all, but if you have had them, you know that pregnancy can definitely widen the rib cage and in turn the waistline as well. It also can cause the abs to split which needs repair. The way to combat this issue is easy, and the results become totally permanent over time and wear. You don’t have to do anything but wear it diligently for weeks or a few months depending on how much help you need, and your swimsuit will look amazing on you before you know it.
The Squeem worked so well for me, how could I not sing its praises? Also, it has the most popularity of any other binder you can buy, the best reviews and results, while keeping you comfortable. What more can I say? Check out my own story right here! Diastasis recti is a condition that often goes undiagnosed. A woman can have a pooch in front and not realize that it is being caused by an abdominal separation that CAN be healed without surgery using a belly binder, as I mentioned. The compression brings the muscles back together again. It’s worked for me and thousands of people I have helped out in the past 6 years. Get 10% off the already lowest prices allowed by Squeem by using coupon code SUMMER (All caps) at Twinpossible’s Closet. EVERYBODY can have that hourglass figure!
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So, try these things, get ample rest but not TOO much of it, drink water, have regular bowel movements, consume fiber, don’t remain a couch potato if you are one, move more, don’t go to the fridge just ‘because’, lessen portions, be smarter about what you eat, curb over-snacking from boredom by chewing gum, remember that you are beautiful, along the way in this journey. FEEL IT, KNOW IT, re-shape that mid-section, and you will definitely look hot this summer and all year round!!
Fit times ahead for summer, my beautiful friends!!