How to become summer-ready

Hello! I’m Denise. I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share what I am passionate about - nutrition, fitness and beauty.  I have always been concerned with my skin and body and now that I am in my mid-forties, I am even more obsessed with my body image than ever before.  

I live in Virginia Beach, VA and summer has arrived.  I don’t know about you, but here in Virginia Beach the definition of summer-ready is running to the tanning bed to get a tan.  My idea of becoming summer-ready is getting myself in shape so I can sun bathe on the beach and get my tan for free!

MyFitnessPal - This was one of those days that I allowed myself to go over my calorie count.

MyFitnessPal - This was one of those days that I allowed myself to go over my calorie count.


I have never in my life worried about my calorie intake but I am realizing that as I get older maybe I need to seriously start paying attention to what I eat to help shed a few pounds and inches.  I have been closely watching my calorie intake for about a month and I am seeing great results.  Thank goodness for the Healthy Smartphone App – MyFitnessPal.   This app tracks not only my exercise and nutrition but it keeps me mindful of the foods that I eat, allowing me to eat healthier. What I like most about MyFitnessPal is that it has a database that includes calorie counts for over a million foods.  

Crossfit workout at Virginia Beach Jiu Jitsu

Crossfit workout at Virginia Beach Jiu Jitsu


In addition to staying on a low calorie diet, I also work out.  My friends, Ali and Jess, introduced me to crossfit training.  These workouts are simple and easy and you can do these exercises in the comfort of your own home.  All you need for a crossfit workout is a minimum of 15-20 minutes.  First, create a set of exercises of your liking (i.e. squats, bicep curls, burpees, pushups).  Then determine how many repetitions you are going to do.  I usually do 15-20 repetitions.   Then determine how many rounds you are going to do.  If I work out in the morning before going to work, I only do 3 rounds. If I have more time do a longer workout, I do 5 rounds. The whole idea behind crossfit is to maximize the amount of exercises in a shorter period of time.  The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort.  


Some of my friends think I am crazy for counting my calories, but once you begin counting your calories you start to become mindful of how much you eat.  For example, I love avocados. They are the good fat, but they are high in calories.  I do allow myself to go over my calorie count every once in a while.   I am not a stickler for only eating what I set my calorie count to. Plus, I have to be able to splurge every once in a while.  But what I like most about MyfitnessPal is that when I work out I put in my exercise and it calculates how many calories I have burned and how much more I can eat.  I love to eat!

With the technology we have today, it is so much easier to exercise and eat healthy.  All you have to do is put in your information in an app and the technology will do the work for you.  So, are you summer-ready?