Almost everyone I know is still trying to shed a few pounds now that summer has arrived and they can no longer hide behind sweaters. You’ll feel that much more confident in that sexy floral dress if you figure out how to stick with a healthy fitness routine throughout the summer. If you’ve got some summer fitness goals, you likely have to overcome a few obstacles to get there. Swapping pasta for produce is causing you to go broke, your personal trainer is more interested in who they just crossed paths with on Happn than they are focused on helping you achieve your fitness goals and the bakery across the street from your office is filling the air with temptation.
When it comes to getting in shape in time for summer, the struggle is definitely real. Here are five obstacles you’ll run into while you try to achieve your beach bod goals and how to overcome them:
1Going broke from buying healthy food.
Why is healthy food so expensive? If you track your spending, you’ll want to cry when you see how much money this healthier choice is costing you. Although a pasta dinner is a fraction of the cost of a chicken and veggie stir fry, it’s not impossible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. If you want to watch your spending and eat healthy on a budget, you’re in luck because you can.
In this podcast, How to Save Money and Still Eat Healthy, health expert Jennifer Fugo advises, Always cook extra and save extra portions in Tupperware in your freezer, rather than saving some of your ingredients for later. She explains that many people will only use some of their veggies or some of their chicken in fear that they’ll make too much, but then that chicken and those mushrooms go bad and have to be thrown away. You’re throwing your money away when you could have just cooked all of it and put those extra servings in the freezer.
Same thing goes with fruit: When your bananas are going brown, freeze them instead of throwing them away. They’re great in smoothies when they’re browner and sweeter. Another tip is to head to local farmers markets and offer to buy their ugly fruit or the produce they need to get rid of and are, therefore, willing to sell for less.