Seasons for me are not dictated by the actual solar system, but by the academic year, so June 20th for me is nothing but a day. Which means … summer is here!
Serena and I officially got out of school yesterday and have three FULL months before we head into our sophomore year.
Having gained the infamous Freshman 15 (actually more like Freshman 20 for me), I am definitely motivated to lose some weight. However, I’ve learned that it’s much more rewarding and a happier mindset if I focus on health rather than a number on the scale. Therefore, the focus of this fitness plan is for us to see how much stronger our muscles feel, how much energy we get from eating nutrient-dense foods, and the confidence we have for ourselves without having the number on the scale or on the clothes tag dictate it.
Unlike my winter break fitness routine, I wanted to get readers involved as well! I will be sharing (or more like I will be stealing from Serena) recipe suggestions, workout routines, and healthy habits that will be easy to incorporate into yours and my lifestyle.
- Despite the name, this should be a lifestyle change. Change your whole attitude about life and make the new habits you’ll be creating reasonable enough that you’ll be able to sustain it even after the summer season.
- Drink lots and lots of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in water.
- Pick on exercise to do everyday. As I am a runner and training for XC – I know already… – my workouts may be too much cardio for some readers. As that will be the case, I will soon post about the workouts I will specifically be doing, but also strength and conditioning workouts I know my friends have raved about. And maybe along the way, I’ll discover a love for strength workouts as well (as that is also my goal for the summer, and as a Type-A person, I need my goals accomplished 🙂 )
- Do all the exercises listed under “Everyday Exercises” each day in addition to your selected workout
- Practice intuitive eating. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Easier said than done.
The Off-Limits List
- No heavily processed, sugar laden foods (read: white breads, fried foods, candy, soda, sugary drinks)
- Now I know that baked goods and ice cream will fit under this category. However, Serena and I love ice cream and baked goods too much, I will let this slide. Nevertheless, all of these things should be in moderation!
- 30 crunches each day | If you are already doing an ab-focused workout for the day, you can skip this.
- 60 second regular plank, 60 second side plank on each side (3×60 second planks in total)
- Stretch on your bed before you go to sleep
In short, if you remember to make healthy meal choices, sweat at least once a day, and stay focused, you’ll be right on track.
I’ll be checking up on you guys to make sure you’re following this plan!
Are you ready?