The Independance Weight Slump

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July 4th, Independance Day; under the sweltering heat, friends and family gathered and enjoying the festivities. It is hard enough coming to work in the morning after celebrating late into the night, but to step on a scale the very next day is a painful reminder of just how much you may have indulged (maybe you thought the 100 degree temperature would help with the weight loss?). You can probably bet that is where those extra few pounds came from.

But staying healthy in the summer is very tough.  As you drag your feet to the gym after work and gaze in the nearby restaurants and bars flooded with the happy hour crowd eating, drinking, and being merry, you tell yourself  “I would rather be in the bar than at the Gold’s Gym spinning class!” Then there are the endless number of summer music festivals, events on the National Mall, Restaurant Week, cookouts, the list is endless.

You spend a lot of time outside in the summer and it’s so easy to be tempted by the scent of the freshly baked bread coming from Subway, or the glowing fluorescent light from Krispy Kreme indicating fresh doughnuts and knowing that if they are made on location there will be a free one offere to you upon enter. Don’t even start on the  frozen yogurt!

Okay, so  how do you stay healthy during the summer? What can restaurants and food chains do to help you stay healthy? The truth is that it is not the responsibility of others to make your changes. That lies solely within your power. Though the summer makes losing weight seem difficult, it can be easily said of other seasons and holidays as well. Do not let yourself be fooled by the habits of the past. No food “tradition” is worth the consequences.fourth

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About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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