With summer now reaching an end and life about to slowly return to normal for some of you, you may find yourself either being in denial of the soon to be arrival of cooler weather with darker evenings or like myself you may be looking forward to getting back into a set routine!
I have had many e-mails as well as conversations with clients, friends and acquaintances telling me that the summer fun has been great times, however not so great for the body! For some reason this tends to bring out fear based emotions, feeling of failure and anger directed to oneself for allowing this to happen! The usual comments that I hear all too regularly are, “Why did I allow myself to do this?” “How did it happen so fast without me noticing?” and “I trained hard for so long, now I have ruined my hard work!” Does this sound at all like what is going on your head? I sure hope not!
I always say that life is about enjoying, after all, if we can’t enjoy delicious dinners, fine desserts and the odd sugar filled delight once in a while how can we learn to understand and appreciate the balance of life!
For the many, many questions and conversations that I have had over the past few weeks, here is what I have to say! “LET IT GO”. Let go of the anger for allowing yourself enjoy too many calorie loaded foods and beverages. Let it go, that you worked so hard for results that made you feel so great about yourself and the confidence you gained of your body that now you feel is gone. Let it go that you feel like you have failed yourself! Learn from how you feel and let this be your motivation and lesson that will guide you to set new bigger and greater goals! I have learned in many situations that it takes the failures to learn the lessons.
I don’t see getting off track of healthy balanced diet and a fitness regimen as a failure, I personally see it as the experience needed to redirect and motivate me, after all we are all human and deserve a little fun and enjoyment every now and then, we just need to learn how to balance our lifestyle so that we can enjoy the best of both worlds without fluctuating or weight and health too terribly!
If you are trying to get back on track check out my simple guidelines to set yourself into a routine again and remember, it takes up to 2 weeks to get into a routine and to feel natural with it. Don’t beat yourself up if you are having a hard time to make your new healthy lifestyle feel effortless and enjoyable again.
Step 1: Set your goals, short term and long term.... really think about what you would like to achieve, please don’t just automatically re-write the goals that you have written before! Be passionate about what you want and ensure that the goals you have selected are attainable! After all the most successful people in life are goal oriented!
Step 2: Find yourself a partner to motivate you and share in this wonderful experience with, it makes the process much easier to have someone to be accountable to! Get the family on board.... it’s going to me more rewarding and less stress full when the family can bond over physical activities and healthier meals, this will be a win-win for everyone! If you are having a hard time finding someone to motivate you and share in this experience with, hire on a trainer… even for a few sessions the cost is well worth the benefits of having an expert educate you and push you in the right direction!
Step 3: Pull out your day timer and organize your weekly schedule in advance to see when you can fit your workouts or physical activities in! It’s hard to turn back on a written booking when you know you have made the time allotted for it!
Step 4: Clean out the cupboards off all the sugary treats and junk... start fresh and make room for the healthy nutrient rich foods that you have purchased to re-stalk your fridge and cupboards. Do a big grocery shop and load up on veggies and proteins!
Step 5: Search the net or ask friends to send you their favourite healthy recipes, make sure that you make large serving sizes so you have an extra healthy meal to feel yourself and the family for lunch for the following day!
Step 6: Get a journal and ensure you write daily how you are feeling and the changes you are seeing within your body and energy levels.... there is nothing more motivating than reading back on your progress!
Go ahead and give my 5 steps a try if you feel you need a little extra help to get you pushed in the right direction. Remember to enjoy the process and don’t forget to have fun, try some new activities..... you never know, you might just find something new that you love! Goodbye to your summer loving body and hello to a healthier more motivated you!
Fitness has been a passion and way of life for Kasie for over 14 years. Six of those years she has dedicated to training and educating her clients and group fitness classes. Kasie strives to transform lives and bring awareness to those on the realistic, simplistic and effective keys to living and maintaining lifelong health and fitness success. Owner and trainer of Profile Fitness Training, Kasie is known for her tough, yet realistic approach and has been apart of transforming many lives. Kasie is so blessed to be able to make her dreams become her reality and help others set, reach and surpass their desired goals.