I'd like you to think ahead to your plans once your children do go back to school. There are a few things worth considering. For one, with the kids back in school, what type of time does this give back to you? I know summer plans often take priority over our intentions of sticking to a fitness plan. So now is a great time to think about how you will use an extra hour or so a day to help you get back on track and into a routine that allows you to look and feel your best.
Another point to consider, I noticed how all the teachers made comments about how much Tyler has grown over the summer months. You know, our children are not the only ones who are noticed....you are noticed as well. What types of changes have you made? A delicate topic to consider, but you know it happens. Moms compare Moms. Now that you will be back into the school scene, what type of impression will you be leaving?
I know a lot of moms who are tired of being compared, tired of feeling ashamed, and tired of feeling like they have to hide behind everyone else because they feel embarrassed about how they look. The attention is really is greater when you attend school events. Do you tend to avoid getting involved because of these factors?
The time to make a difference is now. Whether you have one week or even a whole month before school starts, the choices you make now can impact how you feel about yourself and in turn can bring about a more uplifting string of results for you.
4 Step Back to School Action Plan
1. Renew Your Commitment
Before you even begin to schedule that first workout or plan your meals for the week, you must take a moment to revisit why you want to do this in the first place. When you have a strong reason WHY you want to make a change, you are more likely to stick with it. If you have not yet done so, write your goals down and state your reasons why this is so important to you and post your goal sheet in a place where you can see it often.
2. Create a schedule
What time will you have available that can be spent on taking care of you?
Your workouts are just as important as the daily tasks that wind up in a slot on your schedule. When you write down your intentions, you are more likely to follow through. (TIP: you do not need to block off a full hour if you do not have it. A simple 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there will suffice)
3. Give Your Kitchen a Once Over
Your workouts are only half the fat loss battle. What you are eating is the other. It will be extremely difficult to stay on track and see fast results if your kitchen is filled with junk. Toss the chips, cookies, candy, ready to eat boxed meals, sugar laden cereals, etc.
4. Do Something Different
Summer shcedules tend to create habits that get in the way of out fitness goals....from sleeping in, to skipping a workout for it is too hot or too pretty outside, to indulging in one too may summer treats. If you just begin by identifying one habit you created this summer and replace it with a habit that brings with it positive results, then you are moving in the right direction.
So instead of talking yourself into sleeping in again tomorrow, just think of how much more you can accomplish by waking up 10 minutes earlier - having that time just for you. Put these 4 tips into action and you will kick start your Back to School Fitness plan, making this all about getting Back to YOU.
Take the action that will allow you begin losing 1-2 pounds of fat per week. What an impression this will make as you get involved with the new events this school year has to offer....and the memories you help to create with your children are priceless!
Holly Rigsby, CPT, MAT America's #1 Fat Loss Expert for Busy Moms and the author of Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System - http://www.club-fym.com She has helped well over 500 Mom's lose the stubborn baby fat and get their pre-baby body back. Get Holly's Slim Sexy Abs Workout and the Summer Bootcamp Workout absolutely FREE at http://www.efit-today.com