This post is sponsored by Balance Bars. All thoughts are my own.
I have been working hard on losing these extra pounds but it was much easier during the school year. My life had a schedule. We would get up, the kids got ready for school. I would come home and I had 5 hours to get my work done and get a work out in. During the summer, we sleep a little later. We travel. We, also, spend a lot of time going here and there, which means, a lot of time in the car and being out. So besides not having a set time to get a work out in, it also means eating a lot more junk. It can be hard to find something healthy to eat while we are out and about.
So I have found a few tips to help stay slim ,even if I have trouble continuing to lose. Because who wants to mess up all the progress I have made.
Water: Drink Lots and Lots of water. Most people do not know you need to be drinking half your body weight in water. Yes, that means if you weigh 160lbs, you need to drink 80 ounces of water. Water flushes out toxins from your body, it helps you feel full, but also, when you do not drink enough water, you feel more hungry. Often, people think they are hungry but you are really thirsty. In Summer, because of the heat, you actually need even more water. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, by then, you are already dehydrated.
Exercise: It can be hard with a crazy schedule. But exercise doesn’t have to come from just traditional workouts. If you are taking the kids to the park, turn the playground into an obstacle course. Run through the playground, climb up the slide; use the monkey bars as an arm workout; and after every set of the playground obstacle, run around the playground one time. The kids will love that you are playing with them and you will get your workout.
Another option is to play chase or tag with the kids. Trying to stay away from them as a bunch of littles are following you, can definitely get your heart rate up. And by the end, everyone will be giggling and laughing. It is a great way to create some summer memories and still give everyone a workout.
Pack a lunch or snack: So you are on a road trip or just having a fun day out with the kids and all of a sudden that hunger hits. And you are no where near home to get a meal. The kids are begging for fast food, or a trip to the convenient store, and you know your options for something healthy and in your weight loss plan is going to be very hard to find. The best way to avoid it all, is to just bring something along with you. But you might not want to take a cooler and all of that with you, all the time. Have something in your purse that can be an easy grab, always there type of thing. I like to carry hardy fruit, like apples or oranges, with me. They stand up to being thrown into a bag and left there for a few days, in case I don’t eat it that day, and then I know I have something to help me fight the hunger.
But sometimes, I need more to hold me over than an apple. Balance Bars are perfect. Balance Bar has a 40/30/30 nutritional model. This means that in every bar 40% of the calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein, and 30% from dietary fat. This helps keep blood sugar stable and energy levels steady. Which means, my blood sugar stay level, which is great for weight loss. I feel great and I’m not starving, and that keeps my will power in tact.
There are such yummy flavors to choose from. Best yet, if I forget to pack some, I know I can run into Walmart to grab some.
Clothes: What could I possibly mean by clothes? Don’t keep wearing those clothes that are too big. Buy clothes that fit the new you. It makes you look better, and when you look better, you feel better about yourself. It will help you see just how hard you have worked and keep you motivated to keep going on your journey.
What are your weight loss tips? How are your staying slim, or getting slim this summer? Just for sharing them with my, Balance Bar wants to offer one lucky US reader a $10 Walmart gift card and a variety pack of Balance Bars. Giveaway ends August 18th at 11:59 om est.