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So you think your body is supposed to just “SPRING” into shape because the season changed? Now that the sun is shining and the weather is warmer, the extra pounds are supposed to fall off? I wish it was that simple, however, we are not animals. We don’t gain weight like bears that hibernate to stay nourished during the winter months, and then shed the weight because the summer months have arrived. If you don’t change your mindset about health and fitness, the only thing that is sure to change is the seasons.

Can I keep it real? Summer bodies are made in the winter! So while you were hibernating packing on the pounds; that would’ve actually been the time to start shedding the weight. Now spring is here and the gyms are packed with eager beavers ready to try any wonder pill, latest diet fad, wear outrageous body contouring gadgets or do a month’s work of exercises in just a week to attempt to gain results. They’re scrambling, trying to undo all the damage from the long months of eating comfort foods and hibernating from the cold. Now don’t get me wrong, there is always hope for losing the weight and getting into shape if you are willing to be patient and put in “real” work.

As we age, our bodies are not as forgiving. The more we abuse our bodies, the longer it can take to recover. Building the body you want takes a lot of time and effort. How bad do you want results? Are you willing to give up the things you love to get the body you want? Here’s the secret to getting them:

1-Make up your mind to stop playing games and to stay focused: Many people get in shape for “something.” The reasons for getting in shape could be a wedding, milestone birthday, or a trip. But if I can keep it real…If you stay ready, you will never have to get ready. Get in shape, then stay in shape! Healthy isn’t a goal; it is a way of life.

2- Ditch the sugar and all processed foods: Remove all the packaged snack foods, frozen dinner meals and pints of ice cream sitting in your freezer, even that container of fruit-flavored yogurt needs to go. Limit your diet to foods that come from nature. If I can I keep it real…You are what you eat, so stop! Don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake.

3-Cut the TV off and go to sleep: If you often burn the midnight oil, you need to change your habits. Finish your projects earlier and say good night. People who don’t sleep enough are at higher risk of accumulating body fat. And tend to crave late night snacks. If I can I keep it real…Turn off your TV and turn on your life! Life does not begin on your couch! It begins when you make things happen!

4- Visit Tadda’s Café: Most women don’t take in enough protein. If you want to build muscle and burn more fat, eat about one gram of protein per pound of body weight. If you can’t get that much protein with whole foods, try supplementing with a whey protein shake you can make at home or if i can keep it real…try TFC’s most delicious whey protein shakes. They taste sinfully good and are packed with protein and nutrients.

5- Run, Run, Run: Cardio is one of the best ways to help burn fat and lose weight…enough said!

6- Lift Weights: Strength training is the best way to change how your body looks. It will boost your muscle mass and definition and increase your strength, balance and agility. It’ll also shift your metabolism into high gear by building muscle.

It’s your body and your health. Make a decision to keep it real with yourself! Stop treating your body as if you are the hibernating bear! Stay active year round and eat clean. Fitness is like marriage, you can’t cheat on it and expect it to work! No mess!