Walking into the gym yesterday, I practically had a heart attack do to a little jack-o-lantern popping out from behind the smoothie bar. At that point, I had to get a new water since mine was all over the counter. With that said, Halloween is here. And although I wasn’t thrilled about jumping out of my pants in fear for my life (ok, that’s exaggerated, but it felt like it at the time), I couldn’t help but to laugh and get excited myself. I love Halloween- everything from kids going door to door, dressing up my daughter, buying candy for the trick-or-treaters, and carving pumpkins with my family. It’s a great time of the year that I often wish came around twice.
As my friends and I continued into our class, one of them asked me what I was going to dress up as for Halloween. I responded with a simple, “Whatever my daughter and I decide to do,” I haven’t put too much thought into what I was going to wear. I returned the question. Her face lit up with a huge smile as she informed me that she got her costume already. She described the sheer lace stockings, an ultra mini skirt, a midriff exposing vest along with a police hat. Last time I checked, cops didn’t wear outfits like that!
None the less, I was proud of her. She had just recently lost the extra weight that she’d put on over the years and she deserves to feel sexy! I think she’s going to look great. Isn’t that what Halloween’s all about for young women anyway? Getting together with your girlfriends and dressing up as your fantasy character while completely playing the part all night? I think so too!
Use Your Costume as Motivation
I realized that the Halloween hype was upon us. Everyone started talking about the parties they’re going to, where they’re taking their kids to, and what they were dressing as. While one of my friends is excited to wear her sexy cop costume, another woman in our class isn’t so ready. I told her to get the costume anyway! What’s better motivation than trying to fit into something for a special event? Knowing you want to get into a cute little number in 28 days is a sure way to keep you going to the gym everyday and sticking to your diet. This is a perfect example of a short term fitness goal. Achieving short term goals may keep even the most unmotivated dieters on their toes. Once you reach the goal of fitting into your sexy Halloween costume, you’ll want to continue the healthy habits. Who doesn’t want to fit into that killer little black dress on New Years? I know I do!Go ahead and hang up the costume that you dream of wearing. Put it somewhere so you can see it every day. Once you’ve reached your goal for Halloween, get the little black dress you haven’t been able to wear in years and hang it in the same place. By the time you get your booty into that dress, your New Years resolution wont be to lose weight, but how you’re going to maintain that awesome new figure.
Short Term Goals can Lead to Lifestyle Changes
So go for it! Start working out and eating right in order to wear the things you’ve always wanted to wear! However, keep this in mind: Don’t over do it. It’s one thing to get active and eat right to lose weight, it’s another to go to the gym three times a day and eat only 200 calories. Not only will you lose the weight slower and may get hurt from exhaustion or over-exercising, , but as soon as you start eating that Halloween candy you got, gain more weight than what you lost, is it worth all that? You’ll look fantastic, no matter what you wear for Halloween, whether you’ve lost 20lbs for 5lbs. Remember that your main goal should be to get healthy, being able to wear the kind of clothes (or costumes) you want is just an added bonus.
Remember to drink responsibility and have a safe and happy Halloween!