Hello from Cincinnati! We are traveling this week, on our way home from a great week away. We spent several days in Gatlinburg, TN and are moseying home, refreshed and ready to get back to work.
This afternoon we went to church at a positively ancient and very well-known church in Mt. Adams, Holy Cross – Immaculata. I can’t believe I grew up in Cincinnati and had never visited this beautiful old church on the top of Mt. Adams. If you’re Catholic and visit Cincinnati, please go see it!
The pastor, Father Leonard, gave a lovely homily in which he very humbly reviewed his first year as pastor and numbered some of his goals for the next year. I had to laugh a little when he mentioned a personal goal – to lose weight! I know lots of people who would put that one on the list of their own goals to tackle 🙂
That ties in very well to my topic for this week. I know a lot of my patients and Shaklee family members who make a huge push for weight loss after the New Year. That goal gets legs and becomes almost desperate as the summer gets closer. People want to get that “swimsuit body.” If they are not where they want to be weight-wise by the time their kids get out of school, they are prone to giving up.
This week I want to give you 3 good reasons why summertime is a great time to keep working towards that weight loss goal! Summer is a great time to lose weight!
Fresh Seasonal Produce
There is so much healthy fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables that are available this time of year! Those of us who are focusing on eating healthy can positively gorge ourselves on healthy foods that are bursting with summertime goodness. Curious about what is in season? Find a local farmer’s market, feast your eyes and satisfy your tastebuds with just-picked produce that taste like heaven.
You might consider joining a CSA, a popular program with a number of local farms where you pay ahead of time for a share of the season’s crop. Most CSA shares are sized to provide a weekly supply of produce to feed a family of four. Every year I keep eyeing Greenfield Berry Farm’s CSA, but I’m worried I won’t use it all and haven’t found anyone to share it with.
Go walk! Run! Chase your kids around the yard! Dust off and oil up your bikes and go for a ride.
Summer weather means you can be active outside and aren’t limited to the things you can do in the confines of a gym or field house. From frisbee to pick-up softball, there are so many things you can do outside to get some exercise.
Take your kids to the park and make it a family adventure. Go hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or take the Bike-and-Ride for a longer excursion on the Towpath.
Now be honest. Why do you want to lose weight? I’m going to encourage you to think of your body’s HEALTH rather than how it LOOKS, but I’m aware that most people (women in particular) also want to look better.
In the summertime, you’ve shed the bulky sweatshirts and jeans for more form-fitting clothes, so that means you may have more incentive to say no to the ice cream truck. Eating healthy and keeping your body lean is a year-round goal, so why not use the fact that you’re seeing more skin in the mirror right now as a reason to double down on your commitment to treat your body right? Why NOT avoid the treats and junk that are going to sabotage your ability to meet your goal of a leaner, healthier you?
You CAN do it. And because this weekend is Father’s Day, I’ve got a special offer to help all you dads (and moms too!) get recommitted to your weight loss goals.
Shaklee is offering a special price on the Shaklee 180 Starter Kit, $150 for all you need for your first 2 weeks on the Shaklee 180 weight loss program. And because we know that 2 weeks is not long enough to meet your goals (although it’s definitely long enough to start to see real results) Shaklee is offering up to $20 in free shipping for any order over $150 in July when you purchase the Shaklee 180 starter kit by June 30.
Summer is a great time to make real progress on your goal of a leaner, healthier you. I’m excited to offer THE best weight loss program I’ve ever seen at a discounted price to help give you the tools to make it happen. Order your Shaklee 180 Starter Kit today!
QUESTION: Do you put your weight loss goals on hold over the summer?