It’s the beginning of the first week of school and for those with children, schedules are being put into place. A familiar routine is re-established of waking up, getting ready for the drop-off and then officially starting the rest of your day. It’s now about you again…Back to school, back to YOU!
For some, if not most, you had little to no time to devote to your own health, wellness and peace of mind due to parental responsibilities. You did so well leading up to the summer to get “beach body ready” but now the summer, in the scholastic sense, is over. Where are you with your beach body? Did you do a good job of at least maintaining all the hard work you put in leading up to Memorial Day Weekend?
It becomes very easy to make every excuse as to why it’s so hard to get started again. Stop me if you have heard these before, “Mondays are not good for me.” “Wednesday is the middle of the week and I don’t want to start in the middle.” “Friday, well Friday is too close to the weekend. What is the point of starting then? I’ll just wait until Monday.” A vicious circle of excuses and fast forward to the winter and it’s another fresh set of good ones. You drill into your children’s heads how important it is to maintain schedules because it will help them in the long run. It probably came out something like, “You may not thank me now but you will thank me for it someday”. Or insert any phrase here such as “Get back on the bike”, “Rip the Band-Aid off” or “Just put one foot in front of the other”. No matter how the after school cookie crumbles, It’s your turn to lead by example and take your own advice.
Here are a few good starting over points:
- As the weather cools, especially in the mornings, take the time for brisk walks to clear your head and plan out your day.
- Make time in your schedule to be active 3-5 times a week. If it is not in your schedule, it does not exist.
- Re-visit that gym membership that was frozen for all the vacationing you did. No one will judge you as to where you were. No one thought you were faking it. Just walk right back in like you belong because after all, you kind of do.
- Meal prep to get ahead of the work and extra curricular activity week so you can keep the needle moving forward.
- Lastly, call YOUR TRAINER who you begged to fit you in as many days as they could from April-June. They will love to see you, want to hear all about what you did and have fun again.
Your homework, should you choose to accept it is to get your energy, your mojo, your vibe or your pep in your step back but most importantly, get back to YOU! No one has yet to tell me they felt worse after working out or taking the time for themselves.