If there’s one season that I struggle to dress for, it’s Summer. This is due to the fact that I am a serial hoarder and layerer (yes, this is a new word) of warm, comfy clothes, which as you can imagine, don’t make for the most comfortable, or breathable outfits when the temperature outside is in the mid 80’s. Now that’s not to say I don’t like the hot weather, I just don’t enjoy it nearly as much if I’m not in the direct vicinity of a body of water in which I can submerge myself should the need arise. But for those times when a swimsuit is not entirely appropriate, I popped over to ASOS to find some other options that may be able to cover and conceal without giving me heat stroke.
After a pretty hectic week it was nice to finally relax and bake a cake for 3 hours, run in the blazing heat and cook even more. Wait a minute..
Tall ships at the Harbor Walk in Charlestown
Ran up to Bunker Hill! (and slowly crawled my way down)
This time last year my friend Kate asked me to make her a “camo cake” and after a little bit of research I was able to deliver. And since last year’s cake was such a hit, I learned late last night that I have been put on cake duty again this year. Here are some of the icing inspirations I’m working from:
Check out these recipes and directions on my Pinterest page
The term “Summer Body” has never been part of my vocabulary. This isn’t because I’ve ever been an unhealthy weight or horribly out of shape, I just never really saw a change in my physique between seasons. I also hated how this term conversely implies that during the Winter months are bodies mysteriously fall apart.
It’s for these reasons that when I decided to write this post about getting in better shape and eating healthier, I made sure to mention that this is not to get a “Summer body.” I made the decision better my health simply to feel better and more confident in my own skin. And while the changes that I’m making are not drastic by any means, they’re baby steps I’m taking to lead a healthier life this Summer and hopefully further into the future. Here’s what I’m trying.
- Exercise whenever I have free time – this is obviously a lot easier to do during the warm Summer months but I’ve been reluctant to surpass my usual 4 workouts a week in past years due to worry that I’d feel burnt out. What I’ve realized from trying this, however, is that when I work out and extra day or two a week, I don’t feel nearly as pressured. It brings more of the fun and spontaneity back into exercise. Plus, if I miss a workout later in the week due to a busy schedule, I already got my bonus workout in.
- No dairy before 6pm – I recently heard of the “Vegan Before 6” diet and was intrigued by the concept of a diet that doesn’t restrict anything from diet (after 6pm). This combined with all of the reports that dairy is not natural for humans made me think of my own spin on the diet. I am very much a carnivore and already have low iron so I wasn’t willing to cut out meat and eggs, but dairy I could do.
- Push-ups and triceps push-ups every morning – if there’s one area of my body that I would like to tone up it would be my arms. In order to build up my arm strength and get a little extra blood flowing, I’ll hop out of bed in the morning and do a total of 36 push-ups (10x regular, 10x tricep, 8x regular, 8x tricep).
So far the results have been slow but steady and I can feel myself getting stronger and leaner. I’m adding more and more push-ups every week and can feel my abs starting to benefit from the extra runs and not so much cheese. I’ll make sure to update you at the end of the Summer and let you know how I got on but at this rate, I think I’ll be happy with the results 🙂