The past two summers, however, I've been away from home on internships. These involved working nice, regular 40-hour weeks far away from most of the social pressures of going out with friends for eating and drinking. I lost weight each time.
So, here's my speculation about why I think it has been easier to lose weight in the summer.
- The sun comes out during the summer, so it's a pleasure to go outside and do active things. When it's cold and snowy outside, staying indoors wrapped in a warm, cozy blanket with a book and a mug of cocoa is a much stronger temptations.
- Summers bring a variety of fresh local produce. There are four farmer's markets every week near my current area. For example, check out these gorgeous local strawberries. They will go in my mouth the next chance I get.
- During my summers, I've been able to establish a routine. I love routines: when I have a routine, I get more done and feel considerably less stressed. I attribute this to removing some of the constant decision-making from my life. Contrast this with university life, which threw projects, assignments, and exams at any attempt I made at establishing a routine. I got through it, but one of my methods for getting through it was "let's order a pizza as a reward for me getting this horrible assignment done"*, which didn't help the health issue.
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Now that I'm out of school, I hope that I can find a job, establish a routine, and have a better chance at obtaining and then maintaining a healthy weight and activity level. So, I'm curious: do you find it easier to lose weight (or maintain a healthy weight) in the summer? Why or why not?
In the meantime, it's a gorgeous day here. I'm going to take a walk, and then I think I'm going to eat some strawberries.
* Food rewards impede maintenance of a healthy weight, but that's another piece of college: what other rewards can a college student afford in terms of time and money? Certainly, it would have been nice to make an fun outing or a new piece of clothing a reward, but even if I had had the money for those kinds of rewards, I didn't have the time, and often, they weren't even available in my small college town. Pizza, on the other hand, had the unique characteristic of feeling like a reward while both feeding me and allowing me to move on to the next task as I ate.