Summer is a rough time of year for me and I’m guessing for dieters everywhere. It’s wedding season (which for someone in the wedding industry, like me, that means cake every Saturday) and there’s countless barbeques (aka any reason to get together with friends and drink beer). Frankly, it’s rude. The season simultaneously demands we wear our skimpiest clothes and eat grilled meat and potato chips on the regular. It’s tough to handle to be sure. The social engagements and their accompanying menus mean that for some, as the summer draws to an end our shorts have perhaps grown a bit snug.
Yes, I said cake every Saturday. This is compounded by the fact that the event planners ALWAYS bring in left-overs from the weekend’s event for us to “enjoy” in the office on Mondays while I guilt-trip myself with each bite of whatever delicious treat is calling my name from the kitchen. Here’s the kicker: I lost 4 pounds last week.
I also had three different people comment yesterday on how fit I’m looking, even in the last couple of weeks when the bulk of my weight loss occurred months ago. Every week, I manage to scrape off some fat and I continue to feel lighter, faster and stronger in spite of the seemingly endless supply of pastries made available to me. My boss, my super fit step-mom and my buddy at QuickFit all noted on the progress I’ve made over the summer in spite of all the “Sunday Fundays,” beer-laden pool parties and rich wedding fare.
This is in fact not due to some super-natural self-control. In fact, I actually think I possess less self-control than the average bear when it comes to food & drink. The weight loss is because of the way in which I’ve dedicated myself to my workouts.
I get a lot of strange looks and often a few questions when I’m at QuickFit because my workouts have started to look different from the typical QuickFit workout. In order to maintain my progress and continue seeing results, I’ve really kicked it up a notch. I’m adding 5 minutes of cardio in between the prescribed 3 sets of moves on my QuickFit card and I’m always asking for new ways to challenge myself from the incredibly helpful staff. This means that my workouts last a lot longer than the typical 20 minutes on the Power Plates, but that’s what you need to do if you’re regularly consuming wedding cake, even in small quantities.
What I’ve really done is adjusted my workouts to fit my new fitness level, which is something that QuickFit does automatically. Each week, the workouts progress in intensity and difficulty, so each week, you can avoid the dreaded plateau that often plagues those on a continuing journey for fitness. The extra intensity also means that the occasional summertime indulgence isn’t going to stop me from achieving my goals.
So if you’re feeling a little tightness around the waist-band of your skinny jeans, there’s no better cure than jumping in head-first and full-blast with the Power Plates. The pounds could melt away just like frosting on wedding cake in the summer heat!