Summer is coming to an end, but your goals don’t have to

Wow! Summer has just flown by, and what a busy summer indeed. Graduation parties are all wrapped up and the next school year is about to begin. For some of us, our children will be heading to college, some heading to the military, and some, to their first day of kindergarten.

It was a whirlwind of a summer even though it was a great one.  But when times are busy, we find ourselves forgetting to take a minute to take it all in.  Then we start to feel guilty that  we still did not reach the goals we made for ourselves. “Where did the time go?”   Sound familiar?   I know it does…we as mothers always put our families ahead of ourselves, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that it seems we always walk away feeling like something is still missing. The one thing that is always in the back of our minds that is still left to be mastered.  That’s right, our weight loss/health goals. 

Instead of constantly wondering when you can achieve your goals, you must take action NOW instead of delaying your dreams!  So get your calendar out and move things around.  Be sure to  fit in some “me” time.  

I am speaking from experience. This summer was the summer of my sons high school graduation. Of course, those of you that have gone through preparing such a party know the work that is involved. Not to mention every weekend you are busy going to friends grad parties that you would never dream of missing, even if your invited to nine parties in one day!! Plus, in between all of this, your still working and taking care of your home and families’ needs not to mention your own.   But summer isn’t over yet and neither are your goals.  I am here to remind you, not to give up.  You can still do it!  I think we have to ask ourselves at this moment, is it that I can’t do it? Or, that I won’t do it?   It’s funny how I thought of this when I was on the Biggest Loser Ranch and was faced with much more difficult challenges. I would ask myself this question, can’t or won’t?  So,  I sat down and asked myself what was it that I wanted to do in the beginning of the summer? I started to write a list.  Of course,  some things I just would not have the time for, like scuba diving in the Caribbean. However,  there were others I could accomplish before summer completely ended.

1.  Start walking / running 10 or more miles a day.
2.  Do something fun…such as kayaking up north.
3.  Bike ride down the new long bike paths friends and fans tell me about.
4.  Get those roller blades out dust them off and go for a spin.
5.  Go out and Dance!!  ( like no one is watching 🙂 )
6.  Meet with old and new friends at an outdoor cafe and sit and talk for hours.
     while sipping a glass of wine or two. All while planning a new adventure together.
7.  Hike down those long wooded trails.
8.  Learn to golf  ( NO CART)
9.  Set aside the date for next year to go scuba diving in the Caribbean.

So far I have accomplished # 1,2,5,6 and 7.  So far I feel good about spending a little time on me. It makes me feel grounded as I’m sure it makes you feel that way too.  We are mothers,  bread winners, educators to our children, we need to lead them into a healthy lifestyle so we need to live one ourselves. So please,  spend time with your families doing all the things you love to do. Just remember that your likes and interest’s are important too!  So go now…you know you want to dance like no one is watching! 

Write in and leave me a note in the comment section.  Tell me how you are achieving your goals!  I would love to hear from you!

In Health and Fitness,
Helen Phillips

1 comment

  1. Wow I so agree the summer is almost over and I also had a few things to accomplish but yet to achieve!
    But when I look at my list I have completed 3 out of 5 so I am succeeding! Thanks for putting things in perspective! I did the bike paths, fun and so beautiful! I did get my workout room back in working condition, removed cobwebs, cleaned and made it an inviting, great smelling place to be. I have lost 100 pounds in the last 8 months and I’m very PROUD and can do things I never knew I could do at 56 years old! You can do it too!

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