It’s Time to Get Lean for the Summer

It’s May and now is the time to get lean and mean for the summer. That’s what I plan every year, but I never could follow through. This year will be different, though. Why would this year will be different than the last 20 years? Okay, let me tell you. There are a few new strategies I’m putting into action this year. I’m sure it will make a difference and I’ll be leaner by the end of July. Read on…

Get Lean for the Summer

1. Blogging about my goal

Blogging is a huge motivator for me. I don’t know why it works, but it really drives me to improve myself harder than ever before. This year, I started blogging about getting fitter and I’ve been able to exercise a lot more consistently than the last 5 years.

Blogging really helps with keeping track of my goals and progress. My main goal in 2017 is to average 7,000 steps per day, do 15 consecutive pull ups, and exercise when my kid is at school. I’ve been able to largely achieve that. I kept track of my progress and update my fitness journal every week. The act of tracking my goals has been extremely helpful and it keeps me going.

Also, just having goals and tracking it every week is self affirmation. It reminds me that I need to get to the gym and it’s not that hard.

This year, I have a few ideas and keep track of them in my journal. That way I can see what works and what doesn’t.

2. No more midnight snacks

Here is my first problem – midnight snacks. I stay up late to work on my blogs and I’d be a little hungry by midnight. Then I’d go into the kitchen and grab some snacks. The problem is I’d go to bed soon after. All that calories went straight to the belly. To alleviate this problem, I just need to stop snacking after dinner. Here are my strategies.

  • Floss and brush teeth earlier. Normally, I floss and brush my teeth before I go to bed (after midnight.) Now, I do it when my kid goes to bed at 8 am. If I snack again, then I’d have to floss and brush again. It’s a pain and a deterrent.
  • Stock healthy snacks. If I have to snack, let’s snack on bananas and peanut butter or something healthy. No more buying junk food like potato chips. I’ll stop buying junk food from the grocery store.
  • Go to bed earlier. Let’s try to get to bed by 11:30 pm. There is a hunger threshold at midnight. If I stay up past midnight, then I get hungry. I can avoid the hunger altogether by going to bed a bit earlier.

3. Track these things

I’ll add a few columns to my fitness journal.

  • Weight – I need to keep it below 140 lbs. It’s tough to lose weight when you work out because you gain muscle. However, I don’t want to be higher than 140 lbs. I think if I lean up a bit, I can probably be good at 137 lbs.
  • Number of midnight snacks per week – I shoot for zero, but one or two is fine at the beginning.

Okay, let’s start with these and see how it goes. Ideally, I should eat a lot healthier too, but that’s really difficult with a family. If I was single, I could eat a ton of lean chicken salad. However, my family wouldn’t eat this. Oh well. I’ll continue to exercise 5 times per week and cut back on snacking. That should help a lot. If I don’t lean up by June, then we’ll try something new.

How about you? What do you do to get lean for the summer?

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