It’s been a non-existent winter here on the gulf coast. Regardless of temperatures, we are often subconsciously seasonally motivated to get our butts in gear for spring and summer.
Spring makes me think of new pasture grass, horses shedding their winter coats, and good riding weather.
It also turns my mind toward my yearly trip to Maui for some fun in the sun – which of course means bikinis and shorts and tank-tops.
Admittedly, it’s been challenging for me to stay on track fitness-wise recently. Yes, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, but my 24 might look very different from your 24.
So here’s a few of my own tips and tricks I have used for over 30 years to reboot my fitness and get back on a healthy path.
1: Start with small goals — “I want to lose 20 pounds before summer” is a fine goal, but a big goal is made up of a lot of smaller goals.
Goals big and small are best made realistic — This means we have to be honest with ourselves. We’re not competing with anyone but ourselves. My goals are not your goals and because our lives are so different in so many ways, each goal has to be very personal. When we stop comparing ourselves to others, we become free to embrace our personal journey and find joy in our accomplishments. For some, that simply means getting out of bed. For others, it’s climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But to each person it’s still a mountain.
2: Make each meal count — this means I have to eat consciously. Food has to be my spring board for which all other goals are met. If my eating sucks, so will my progess. This means I need to seek out new ways to keep healthy eating exciting. New recipes like the ones here on the SandersonFarms.com healthy eating section is great place to start.
3: Revisit your accomplishments daily — I’ve found celebrating each victory, no matter how small, keeps me motivated and moving forward. Maybe not having a teaspoon of sugar in your morning coffee feels insignificant – but that one teaspoon multiplied by a week of coffee adds up to a LOT of added sugar in your diet. A small goal like that added with other small goals leads to big successes!
In my experience, living a healthy, positive lifestyle is not a one-size-fits-all. Not being a spring chicken has taught me that eventually you’ll get to know what does and doesn’t work for you. Give yourself grace and enjoy the journey!