Yes, it is finally Spring! And with the flowers and the sunshine comes the harsh reality that you may have been hibernating a little too much this past winter. Well just as the time changes, you must change also. Fortunately the longer days, warmer weather and bright sunshine will help give you the kick-start you need to get rolling again. The end is in sight! Before you know it, you will be sporting shorts and a bathing suit. Keep this thought front and center.
The first thing is to re-commit to your goals. So the key is to be laser-focused on what you want to achieve. If losing weight, having more energy or fitting into a smaller size is your goal, just dreaming about it is not going to make it happen. Taking action will. So I have devised a 30-day action plan for you. This is what I want you to do right now for the next 30 days.
- Go in the kitchen and clean out all the “trigger snacks”. The one’s that call to you in the middle of the night.
- Go shopping and load your cart up with whole, fresh foods. No packaged foods, just things straight from nature and only those you can recognize at first glance.
- Commit to taking your lunch to work
- Only eat fruit for snacks
- Drink 8 – 10 glasses of pure fresh water a day
- Buy a calendar and start keeping track. Count out 30 days from today.
- Take your measurements. Forget the scale. Grab a tape measure and take the circumference of your bicep, chest, waist (around the belly button), hips (legs together), thigh and calf. Mark the date and time these were taken and repeat this exercise in 30 days. This will give you a much clearer picture of your success.
- Get back to the gym and workout until the roots of your hair sweat. That’s right, you have to push it. For those of you not doing any exercise, start slow with your doctor’s permission. Walking is a great way to start. If you feel you are ready for more, find a 6-week full body workout online and get going! The key to exercise is consistency. If you workout 5 days a week, you will see results. (Any physical activity counts). This is a commitment you need to keep. Write it in your calendar (along with your measurements), and the next time you have to workout, don’t think, just do it! Most people hate starting a workout, but they never regret it after it is done.
- Every day take one step toward your goal; push the exercise, try a new food, forgo the sugary snack, drink more water. At the end of the day write in your calendar what step you took to get you closer.
- Keep your head down and take it 24-hours at a time. Picture yourself standing at the bottom of a steep hill and looking up. From the bottom, it looks like too much. However, if you keep your head down as you walk you know you will get there.
That’s it! Only 10 steps. Keep it black and white; this is where you want to be, this is what you have to do. The killer of good intentions is over-thinking.
Okay folks, Spring forward and bring it on!