The weather is getting warmer and thoughts of bathing suits and tank tops are looming in our heads. While we all reflect on our winter goal of getting our bodies ready for summer, I am here to tell you that you have set the wrong goals. Year round health and fitness is the most important goal you can set for yourself. There is no “preparatory season”. If you set these cyclical goals, you may end up deeper in the trenches of weight gain and frustration.
Lets walk together through a typical year for many of us…
* Workout Hard and Cleanse (January – March)
We begin the year with good intended New Years resolutions. We tell our friends that we are no longer eating carbs, we are only eating food grown from the earth, we are cleansing (UGH…blah, don’t get me started on this), we are joining a Bootcamp or a new gym. We use winter as the season to focus on weight loss and increase our overall fitness. We suffer through difficult diets and fitness classes because we have set a finish line. We have the focus and the drive to dive head first into these adventures, but these life changes are usually not sustainable. Remember this is not a sprint to the finish line, it is a life long journey.
* Oh Crap! I’m Running Out Of Time (April – June)
Spring is here and so is the panic that may settle in as we realize that we may not have achieved the goals we set out on New Years Day. We know that bathing suit season is right around the corner and beach trips are booked. We try as hard as we can to achieve those lofty & sometimes immeasurable goals. Nevertheless, some of you may have achieved the goals you set in January, but the method you may have used to get there was not a long-term solution. The elimination diet or “Dry-uary” is now over (thank God!) and you jump back into your regularly scheduled programming. The life we led before the extreme diet takes over again.
* Oh Well! It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere! (July – September)
Time to settle into summer, where our schedules and calendars are as different as night and day. The kids are out of school and you don’t have as much personal time as a parent. Pool side cocktails and vacations fill our days along with delicious snacks and happy hours. This time of year is a weight-gain ninja! It sneaks up and attacks us…we never saw it coming! July and August can be the biggest weight gain season of the year. We have accepted how our body look and our days are filled with a more relaxed state of mind. Vacations and pool time replace our fitness class and boot camp.
* I Have No Time During The Holidays (October – December)
Thank God summer is over and you can get back to your regular schedule…oh wait – It is now Holiday Season! We may find ourselves just accepting the results of the year behind us and preparing for the fun-filled holidays that will completely take over our lives for the next 3 months. During the cold months, it is difficult to make time for fitness. It may be too cold outside, you may dislike going to a gym, there may be too much to do before the family visits, whatever the reason…cold months are hard to make fitness happen. As we enjoy “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, we also may place our fitness further down on our priority list. We now may just push it off until January, when we will refocus and get our lives in order for the New Year…(sound familiar?)
All of these things are done with good intent but do not address the bigger picture. A LIFESTYLE of health and fitness. One of the most important things to accept is that we are going to have good days and bad days. We are going to set goals and we are going to achieve some of them. We may miss the mark on a few goals or lose the battle of a basket (or two) of chips on taco Tuesday, but that does not mean we give up the war! Every day we wake up to new challenges, no day is the same. We have to prepare by setting ourselves up for success. Goals are great but keep them small and achievable. Try to avoid extreme methods that cannot continue (at least in part) once you achieve your goal. Be fair to yourself and accept that Life Happens. You may go on vacation and not get to workout like you do at home, but continue to be active and don’t throw in the towel!
Strength in Moms is here to support you in achieving your fitness goals! Do you have a dream to run your first 5K, start weight lifting at the gym, finish a Triathlon? Do you want to keep your fitness and strength up throughout your pregnancy? Whatever your goals are, Strength in Moms is here to support you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
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Making Women Stronger, One Mom at a Time!