The summer is a challenging time for everyone. There is always a reason to have a glass a wine, beer, scone, ice-cream or pixie stick.
Sitting on a beach or lake can be exhausting and make us feel like any movement is a an intense workout.
Now is the time to own the summer and plan for the future. September is 3 weeks a way. If you can mentally wrap your mind and body around pressing the restart button, three weeks is a long time!
1. Own Your New Size
Have you been wearing those shorts? We all have a section of the closet that represents unhealthy choices. Does a pants expander look like a brilliant product? Looking for products to hide the truth is a common practice. Don't buy a new wardrobe! Don't hide unhealthy choices. This is not about being vain. There is a reason your doctor measures your weight on the scale every year. It is a measurement of health. Grab your skinny jeans and make them your everyday jeans!
2. Pick a day to commit with friend
Sitting around with your friends and family drinking wine is not the best moment to change, but it could be the best time to pick a day to change. If chronic pain impacts your social circle, maybe its a sign that shouldn't be ignored. Research shows that being part of a healthy community promotes a healthy lifestyle, so, wouldn't the opposite be true. Could your unhealthy community be impacting your waistline and your health? Engage your community with your new healthy goals. Pick a day to begin and keep each other accountable.
3. Set Small Attainable Goals
Only use the scale to measure trends
The ultimate prize of a healthy lifestyle is hard to imagine when you have to get up at 5:30am for a new workout plan. Make a decision to celebrate a week of workouts by getting a massage or manicure. A day of sticking to a meal plan should end in a bubble bath.
If weight loss is your goal the scale can be the enemy before it becomes a friend. A successful week does not always translate to the number we deserve on a the scale. The scale is influenced by things we can't always control. On the other hand, making healthy food and working out doesn't gaurentee success if you just have a little wine and cheese. Managing the scale requires a delicate balance of accountability and stress-management.
4. Stay Accountable
Make sure you have a plan to stay accountable. Breaking those habits can be challenging. Grabbing a bowl of ice-cream (or frozen yogurt) at 8pm when no one is watching is tough. Ordering cream in your coffee in a drive thru after a crazy carpool experience feels like a no-brainer. Those habits have lead to the weight gain around your waist. Those habits have lead to chronic pain and sleepless nights! Changing habits and having a plan for accountability is the key to success. We recommend finding a team or an accountability coach.
“Failure is success in progress”- Albert Einstein
Becoming a student of your body is the key to a healthy lifestyle. If you felt great with a clean diet but fell off the wagon, that does not mean the clean diet failed. Just set yourself up for success and learn from the summer. A healthy lifestyle requires a flexible plan with many detours.
Learn how Susan lost 9% of her body weight by pressing the re-start button last summer