I always gain weight in the fall and winter, but I typically lose some of it in the summer. Typically. Last summer I lost a lot of weight in Spain, walking everywhere and eating differently. This summer I seem to be holding on to every last pound of weight I gained during the cold season. It's miserable.
I love working out, but unfortunately, I love food even more. I am conscious of nutrition but sometimes I don't care how many calories are in a waffle cone of Nutella soft serve. Can you blame me?
I realize this is the issue for most normal human beings and I am not alone. And the more I work with children the more pressure I feel to be health-food savvy. Seriously. It probably wasn't until freshman year of high school that I started "reading labels." Today I eavesdropped on a ten minute conversation between two six year-olds about the nutritional value in their lunchboxes.
Smarty Pants:"That granola bar looks yummy. Can I read your nutrition facts?"
Elvis: "Sure, it's right here."
Smarty Pants: "Thanks I'm just wondering how much fatty stuff is in it."
Elvis: "Oh ok are you looking for trans-fat? 'Cause that's right here. There's zero. But regular fat is right here if you wanna know that too."
Or how about this one:
Little guy: I LOVE McDonalds!!!!! (as he eats his fruit and yogurt salad.)
Cool Dude: *scouring* McDonalds is only a special treat. You can NOT have it all the time.
Little Guy retreats with his head down in shame and/or fear.
PS- anyone that wants to motivate me to eat healthy for the rest of the summer, leave your application in my comment box. I'm serious. There's less than a month left of the summer and I'm well under my seasonal weight-loss goal. Please and Thanks.