If you’re like most Americans, summertime is a season where we tend to overindulge a bit more than other times of the year. Whether it’s BBQ’s, outdoor parties and/or summer vacations, summer tends to lend itself to more fun, more food and for some of us, more adult beverages. In addition, for those of us who have kids in school (or those of you who are teachers), the summer tends to take us out of our typical routine. It is more of a laid back season where we might stay up late, sleep in more and have a more casual pace. Although not true for everyone, many people find that the summer is the most common time (other than the holiday season) that it’s easy to get de-railed. Many people put on weight in the summer and by this time of year, as the summer season comes to an end, many are feeling fed up and disgusted with themselves and starting to yearn for the structure and discipline that they have gravitated away from.
So here we are finishing up the first week after Labor Day. Teachers and students are back to school and many of us are ready to get back on track… back to the gym, back to cleaner, more conscious eating, back to balance!
But when and where do we start? How do we reel ourselves in? How do we get back on track?
Here are a few easy tips to help get you back on track after too much summer fun!
- Don’t beat yourself up! This is the most counterproductive thing that you can do. The past is the past. Let it go and move on. If you use the negative, disgusted feeling as a motivator to help prevent yourself from getting into future slumps than that is completely fine. However, beating yourself up with all of that negative self-talk will do nothing positive to help you but rather make you feel worse about yourself and your ability to succeed.
- Set a start date! If you haven’t already done so, make a decision on when you will start. Draw that line in the sand and be solid and committed. Whether it’s Monday or any day that you decide, set the start date and don’t waiver from that commitment.
3. Be prepared. Whatever it is that works for you, to keep you on the right track to health regarding your foods and dietary choices, be prepared. Make sure to get what you need so that you have everything on hand for at least your first week. Get the foods, supplements and any particular products that you use as part of your regime and make sure that you have what you need to get started.
4. Get back to a new workout plan or pick up where you left off on your previous plan. Going into the gym (or your home workout space) with a clear direction will help you get back into the habit and reach your goals much faster.
5. Increase your water consumption as part of your plan. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each and every day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, 75 oz of pure, plain water is recommended.
6. Avoid alcohol for the first few weeks of your ‘start date’. Give your liver a break and allow your body to rebalance and detoxify.
7. Consider a cellular cleansing program to get you back on track. As many of you know, I work with a program that cleanses and replenishes your body on a cellular level with a wonderful side benefit of safe, yet dramatic weight/fat loss. It is the perfect way to re-boot yourself and get you back on track to feeling and looking great. Reach out to me anytime if you would like to learn more. I’m very passionate about assisting others to look and feel their absolute best! And my coaching is complimentary!
8. Grab some friends or family to get back on track with you. Accountability and support are two of the most important pieces of the puzzle for your ultimate success. Although some people prefer to do it alone, most of us do better when we are doing it with a friend or a group that is on the same journey.
9. Start one brand new health habit that you’ve never done before. For example, maybe incorporating some deep breathing first thing in the morning or before bed. Another example could be to drink fresh squeezed lemon water or apple cider vinegar each day. There are countless ways that we can improve our health and adding one new habit from time to time is a simple and sometimes exciting practice!
10. Take everything in stride. The stress that many of us deal with on a day to day basis is overwhelming. We all need to count our blessings and focus on the positive aspects of our life and of our world. Make sure to put emphasis on the important things and try to never sweat the small stuff. So what that you gained a few pounds? Who cares if you had too much summer fun? No regrets. Move forward and know that you are completely capable of achieving your health goals and feeling your absolute best. Move forward and pace yourself so that getting back on track is not another overwhelming task. And never hesitate if you need support. Reach out to me or another health professional to guide you if that will create more ease for you.
Wishing you an easy transition to being back on track. Stay strong, believe in yourself and know that looking and feeling your absolute best is right around the corner if you decide and commit!
YES YOU CAN!