Updated: Sep 14
By The Girl in the Yellow Dress
Well, we've all become best friends with our sofas and fridges during the lockdown. Don't worry; you're not alone. I've gained a few pounds. Okay, okay, it was more like a stone, but it stays here. However, don't feel disheartened. Today, we embark on an 'as easy as pie' journey of shedding those extra pounds. Apologies, I shouldn't be mentioning pie. But it's so good with clotted cream. Where was I? Lockdown. The pull-out-your-hair stay-at-home marathon. Get ready to sweat and maybe even spill a protein shake or two as we navigate the slimming world of post-lockdown weight loss!
1. Bid Farewell to Your Lockdown Hobbies:
Those late-night Netflix sessions accompanied by a stack of snacks—how we miss them. But it's time to bid farewell to your loyal snack companions and bring in some healthy reinforcements: fruits, veggies, and all things green. Wait! Where are you going? Not all vegetables and fruits are bland. You clearly haven't had caramelised carrots or smoked bacon asparagus. Embrace the challenge of discovering new, healthier foods that won't make you feel like you're eating cardboard.
2. "Gymtimidation" No More:
For most people, the thought of entering a gym feels more intimidating than deciphering an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph. Fear not. You don't need a gym membership (that you’ll never use) or fancy equipment to get moving. Embrace the power of at-home workouts! Dance like nobody's watching (because, well, nobody is), try some YouTube fitness videos, or just go for a walk. And on the days that you're feeling unmotivated, just watch belly-laughing comedy. Remember, laughter burns calories too! But no movie snacks unless it's a bag of Proper Corn.
3. The Joy of Walking (or Strolling):
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most effective. Lace up those trainers, open your front door, and step out. Take a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood, explore nearby parks, or even turn grocery shopping into an Olympic event by adding a few extra laps. Who knew that weight loss could be achieved while window shopping or taking a peek at what your neighbour is doing?
4. The Magical Elixir of Life:
Let's raise our water bottles high and toast to the magical elixir called H2O. Not only does it keep us hydrated, but it also helps curb those pesky cravings. It gives you great skin, and your urine won't look like orange juice. Set reminders on your phone to ensure you drink a certain amount of water daily. If you're like me and don't enjoy drinking plain water, add a few slices of lemon or lime. It's really refreshing. Remember, hydration is the key to weight loss.
5. Turn Weight Loss into Comedic Relief:
Weight loss can be challenging, but who says it has to be boring? Gather a group of friends, family members, or unsuspecting neighbours, and turn your humiliation into comedic relief and even make some cha-ching! Share your embarrassing workout moments, swap funny healthy recipes, and provide mocking—sorry, moral support—to friends and family members. Because, let's face it, everything is better when you make fun.
Losing the lockdown love handles doesn't have to be a solemn, serious affair. Embrace the humour in your weight loss journey, and remember that laughter is the best ab workout. Through snack swaps, dancing like you're swatting wasps, and the power of laughter, you'll not only shed those extra pounds but also have a great time doing it.
So, let’s bid adieu to our couch potato alter egos. Get ready to drink (water), laugh, and shed those lockdown love handles with a big ol' smile on your face. Cheers to a lighter, funnier, and healthier you! (She cheers, holding up a green gloopy smoothie.)