March 8, 2007

Shedding Your Winter Weight

Posted in Public Service Announcement at 3:18 pm by devilwearsbrooksbrothers

Spring is my second favorite season of the year and by the end of this month, it will officially be here.  Starting March 1st, I look for the signs that sunny skies are just ahead.  I’ll admit it, I still scout for my first robin red breast and even though it means one less hour of sleep that night, I wait with baited breath for the day we spring our clocks forward.  

Yesterday, I saw my first sure sign of spring.  As I was getting in the elevator after lunch a gentleman stepped in with me.  He was dressed in running sneakers, sweatpants and a long sleeve t-shirt.  His forehead was shiny with sweat.  I looked down at myself and sighed; because along with longer daylight hours and budding trees comes skirts and fitted tops.  No longer can we hide under wool pants and bulky sweaters.  It is officially time to start shedding the pounds we packed on to keep ourselves warm all winter long. 

Having gone through the process of getting into bikini shape for the last 15 years I thought I would offer some of my sage wisdom to my readers out there.  And while living with lightweights in college and dating wrestlers in high school I picked up a lot of tips for dropping ten pounds in two days.  Although those “run around in a garbage bag suit for two hours” or “stand on your head for thirty minutes” exercise plans do provide results, there is no guarantee that you will keep it off for more than the time it takes to step on a scale. 

Personally, I think the hardest part of starting any new workout plan is sticking to it.  One method that has always gotten me out of bed in the morning for those before dawn runs is to hang an article of clothing you wish to get into in plain sight.  Every year I buy a new bikini and hang it on my bedroom door.  This way when the alarm opens my eyes in the morning, it is the first thing I see.  Any desire I have to stay in bed is quickly usurped by my desire to look hot on the beach.  I have friends who vary this a bit by putting pictures of bodies they wish they had on their refrigerators. 

Another way I have found to motivate myself is to train for something.  I believe the Philadelphia Bar Association 5k is May 20, 2007.  Maybe you want to set a goal to complete it in less than 25 minutes.  Maybe you just want to finish it.  Either way, setting this goal will help you stay on track. 

A friend once told me she carries her gym bag with her to work.  Not only does she not have to go home, change and then rally to go back out to the gym but the bag also acts as a deterrent from going to happy hour after work.  After all you don’t want to carry that bulky bag with you.  So, not only will you burn calories at the gym, you will prevent the consumption of empty ones at the bar.

And of course before starting any diet or exercise program you will want to consult with a physician first.  Just don’t call the doctor you send your clients to; as you know he will tell you exactly what you pay him to say. 

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