The past four months I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts about giving one’s self a clean slate instead of feeling defeated or discouraged if you’ve “fallen off the wagon”. I think many of us would agree that we’re often far too hard on ourselves and need to learn how to balance detours as we work towards our goals.
By the time winter ends each year I’m always so eager for the warm summer months… and then it hits me. No longer will I be able to hide behind my hoodies and yoga pants. As much as I love the summer and all that comes with it (aka shorts, sundresses, and bathing suits), I often wish I had done more during the winter to prepare for the summer. The really amazing thing is that you don’t have to go back to square one, which is what I love about the idea of having a clean slate.
Maybe you didn’t workout as much as you had planned this winter or enjoyed one too many holiday treats but either way, the summer is here and the past is the past! I often find that there’s no sense in beating ourselves up for what is already done. Instead, we need to learn from our past and allow it to change our futures.
Getting summer ready can actually be a lot of fun! Sure it’ll be a transition from your winter living, but I bet you’ll feel worlds better by the time the first official day of summer rolls around on June 21. Here are a few of my tips for getting summer ready. Remember, the key is to start where you’re at and not to go back to square one!
1. Start going for a walk after dinner. Not only will this add more steps to your day but the time outside after a long day can often be what you need in order to wind down.
2. Pack your lunch. I often find myself eating out more during the summer as friends and co-workers want to enjoy time together in the sun. Packing your lunch as much as possible ensures that you’ll stay on track those days you don’t have plans and it also keeps you from grabbing lunch out every day.
3. Visit your local farmers market. This is such a great way to find seasonal foods and to incorporate more produce into your diet.
4. Enjoy the summer and all that comes with it. The fall will be here before you know it…
5. Be active! Whether you’re on vacation or at home, add fitness into your schedule. Go for a walk on the beach, plan a run with friends, play with your kids at the park, and make the most of the outdoor activities around you. You’ll burn more calories and have fun doing it!