Summer is coming to an end and if you are anything like me, you may be realizing that perhaps you have gone a little too far. Maybe too many barbecues, too many fruity cocktails, too little movement, and an all-around summer laziness to healthy eating and exercise. Taking a break once in a while is fine, but you have to know when to rope things in.
It always helps to have a deadline as to when the debauchery will end. For me, the Tuesday following Labor Day is the perfect time to say good-bye to sunny days and embrace the energy that Fall can bring. The changing of the seasons is a natural transition for healthier living. In fact, for many people this is a great time to do a cleanse to rid the body of toxins from an over-indulgent summer.
Look at the warm weather habits you may have inadvertently picked up or let go of. Keep the ones that are serving you, and release the rest.
September tends to be a change of schedule for most people, so have a plan for what your new routine will be. Slightly cooler temps make it easier to exercise and focus. Clarify your goals, choose concrete steps to get there, and start moving.
No man is an island. Recognize the areas you may need help in. If you are unsure as to which exercises are best for you, hire a trainer. If you need motivation for losing weight, join a group. And never underestimate the power of friends to get you where you need to go.
If you are clear about your wants, consistent in your habits, and positive in your thoughts, you will be back to your pre-summer success in no time. But why stop there? You are a work in progress. Keep progressing.
I would love to hear how you rope it in when the scale starts tipping sideways. Leave a comment below.