Summer is well and truly on its way and with it brings heightened determination to stick or even restart those New Year’s resolutions to get fit, lean and lose weight. Let’s face it, we all hate the thought of looking back on those holiday pictures and thinking, “damn I look awful!” better still, we also hate the thought of being that overweight person by the pool or beach not being brave enough to take off that shirt or get in the sea without thought of ridicule or remark. I guess this is the reason why so many of these juice, fad and last minute diets do so well, especially in build up for the holiday season.
I however, have decided to continue with my plan I started at the beginning of the year. Admittedly, and if you have read my previous post “fallen off the treadmill” you will have noticed I had a moment of weakness and my motivation for remaining on plan faded quite considerably. I had become a little complacent with my progress but luckily hadn’t managed to put on much weight following those indulgent periods.
I too have now fallen to the “last minute weight loss” plan and with a family holiday planned for the end of May, I have got 4 weeks to get lean and feel good on the beach or by the pool! Doable? I certainly think so and have listed the subtle changes below which I have taken to hopefully make it.
I have also committed to take part in OutRunMay – an organised event for Macmillan Cancer where you commit to out run a target over the month, mine being 26.2 miles. I have never been a keen runner however, this is one of the best methods to lossing weight and get trim. Coupled with a balanced diet, it should (crossed fingers) make a difference. I have also committed to not drinking throughout May hopefully giving me that extra little bit of help needed to shift those stubborn pounds off the waist.
So, what am I doing to help achieve this?
HITT training x 4 per week – these only take 25 minutes and are best done on first waking.
Running – x 3 per week – can be done whenever, but getting out doors is best! Even take the dog if you have one!
Weight training x 3 – I add some weight training onto my HIIT sessions, usually at the gym.
Eat less – obvious one I know but cutting out carbs unless after training and cutting out sugary, fatty foods means changes should come quick.
I know the training sounds like a lot but realistically, its only concentrated for this amount for one month. Fingers crossed the results will show.
I will do some before and after shots so you can judge for yourselves. I would also love to hear what you are doing to help get in shape for the holidays?