I used to hate the summers.
At 305 pounds, I was always hot in the summer, especially since I absolutely refused to wear shorts because of my large legs. I know it seems harsh to say that, but that was honestly how I felt. In fact, this picture is the very last time I wore shorts. I saw this picture and decided that I needed to eat some chocolate and burn those shorts at the same time.
When I first started losing weight successfully it was almost summer. It was in Florida. I was very obese. Did I mention that it was hot?
Honestly, the thought crossed my mind to just wait until the weather cooled down to try and lose weight. I really gave it some thought because for once in my life, I was going to commit to an exercise program and I was worried about exercising in the hot Florida sun. I needn’t have worried.
It turns out that losing weight in the summer was a good thing. The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables helped me keep my mind off heavy chocolate cake and double chocolate cookies. Well, it didn’t keep my mind off chocolate completely, but it helped.
As you are in the midst of this summer season, I’d encourage you to think about all the positive things about trying to lose weight in the summer.
1. You weigh less because the clothes are lighter. Really. 🙂
2. The days are longer which means that you can exercise later in the evening without worrying about trying to fit in a workout before dark.
3. You can swim outdoors for exercise if you’d like.
4. The fresh foods available make it easy to make gorgeous green salads, healthy fruit salads, and wonderful vegetable dishes.
5. Choose an inspiration outfit that is a size smaller than you are now as a way to motivate yourself.
6. If you focus on toning your arms and upper body, you will feel confident when wearing lighter weight tops.
7. Although I still don’t like putting on a bathing suit, by the end of that summer of my weight loss, I did put on a bathing suit around the family.
So to answer my own question, I do not think it is harder to lose weight in the summer. For me, it was a great summer of weight loss that kept me going until I finally reached my healthy weight. Not the 4th of July, my summer birthday, or family vacations held me back during that summer of 1997 and they still do not.
Remember that the steps you take this summer to help you lose weight will transform you into a more fit, healthy person next summer.
Do you let the seasons influence your weight loss efforts? How do you stay strong? Diane