Good morning kids! How was your weekend? Are you all slowly saying goodbye to summer? Shedding a tear.
While I love fall just as much as everyone else, I am not enjoying the allergies that are coming along with it. Two weeks a year, I spend a couple of days blowing my nose, sneezing, and, pretty much, wishing I could scratch my eyes out. One week in the spring and one week in the fall…and I think this is my week…even though I know it’s not technically fall yet. I napped Saturday, Sunday, and yesterday when I got home from work and I never nap. I have also blown through (no pun intended) almost two boxes of tissues since the weekend. Today, thankfully, I think I have only used about twenty and have kept my eye scratching down to a minimum. I’m on the mend!
So, the title of this post is ‘back on track’ and I feel like it is something that I have been reading about a lot, lately, and something that I can definitely relate to. At the beginning of the year, I started working so hard on my workouts and watching what I was eating. I wasn’t restricting my diet but I had lowered my calorie goal and was tracking almost everything I ate while getting calorie counts on my workouts I would make time to sweat at least every day, whether it was a quick HIIT workout, a strength and toning session, or an extended cardio Turbo Fire class. I did a 30-day ab challenge. I did something every night. I planned out my meals. I made my food and fitness a huge part of my day.
I had a goal and I was going to reach it.
And…I did. I really liked the way my body shape was changing and, while the numbers on the scale didn’t move a ton, my clothes were fitting better and, more importantly, I felt awesome!
Fast forward to summer. In my mind, summer is a time when I can get outside and do yard work, I can run in my favorite spots, I can walk my dogs, and I can do fun things like hike and bike! Summer screams new fitness opportunities to me! However, it also screams busy weekends that are full of picnics, weddings, parties, vacations, and time spent with friends and family. It screams baseball games with nachos and Dippin’ Dots (please tell me you guys know what I’m talking about) and drives to the local ice cream shop to get a vanilla cone with sprinkles. Summer also brought about training for my third half marathon which, also, brought about a change in my workout routine. I had to make time for runs and, because I still taught multiple Jazzercise classes a week, I didn’t have time for much else. I also had to fuel differently. Preparing for ten or eleven mile runs required more calories and foods that were going to benefit me and give me energy.
So, long story short…summer came and things changed. But, it’s totally okay.
I always say that life is about balance and I will always stick to that. I won’t apologize for getting ice cream…it’s a memory that I love. I won’t say I’m sorry for having calorie-laden frozen margaritas at the beach…those two things are perfect together. I, also, won’t beat myself up for putting on a couple of pounds while training for my race…it was an accomplishment that I’m proud of finishing!
With the new season, there will come shorter days when I won’t be able to be outside as long. It will bring a busier work schedule for my husband (who will be going back to work soon after a few weeks of PT for his hand!). It will also bring cooler temperatures and the chance for me to get back to doing my favorite indoor workouts each evening.
I’m excited for a new and slowed-down (just a little bit!) routine and I’m excited to get back on track. While I’m looking forward to working on getting my body where I want it, I’m also ready to feel amazing again mentally and emotionally!
Take care of your mind and your heart and everything else will fall into place!
Something to share: Did you find your fitness routine changing once summer was here? How do you get back on track if you fall off your fitness or healthy eating plan? Do you have any fun things coming up this fall?