I find the recent arrival of spring weather to be motivating.
For example, my “To Do” list includes, and is not limited to:
- Clear away fall leaves that keep appearing in the tulip beds
- Prepare my vegetable garden for planting
- Toss some pansies into a planter
- Wash windows
- Hang out at the park with Sophie (the dog)
This is all in addition to the regular daily stuff that happens.
And I feel the need to get it all done NOW. Can you relate?
My guess is that I’m not alone here. My guess is that this similar way of thinking shows up when getting (back) onboard the health and fitness train.
Yep, let’s hit the gym, cut out all the sugar and caffeine, stock the vegetable bin full of vegetables we’ve never heard of, and cut out the snacks.
All at once. All in order to wear those summer clothes that are about to make their seasonal appearance.
AGH! Does it really need to be this way?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Consider this: What could you do today to feel better about how you look and feel, without stressing over the process and feeling deprived?
Ideas: (Choose ONE)
- Drink one less cup of coffee, with a little less sugar
- Enjoy your snack of a small tossed salad instead of Oreos and milk
- Take a short walk during your lunch break or after dinner—with your dog if you have one
- Take your refillable water bottle with you everywhere and remember to drink the water
- Eat your sandwich open face with only one piece of bread and extra lettuce
It is possible to enjoy your life (and food!) and get results that are impactful for you.
Be realistic. Be honest. Be patient.
Just as I must break my spring chores down into increments, (except for going to the park with Sophie) so must you break down your health goals into smaller, achievable ones.
If you get stuck and need help with your plan, I’m here to help. Send me an email and we’ll schedule a free strategy session to get you wearing your seasonal favorites.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” —J. Pierpont Morgan