how to keep on track with your goals during a busy summer
Does it feel like you spent all winter/spring getting ready for summer? Often, the new year makes way for resolutions of “being summer ready,” whether that be in losing weight, feeling healthier, or being stronger. If you reached your goal, it’s very likely that you worked hard at the gym, ate the best you could, and had a lot of motivation to get where you are. Now summer is here, and you may be worried that the business and fun of summer could derail all that hard work. We will look at how to keep on track with your goals during a busy summer.
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1. Meal plan and meal prep – with all the summer outings, barbecues, potlucks, neighborhood gatherings, etc., it can be easy to fall victim to overeating of things that don’t fit within your nutrition plan. What’s the best way to keep on track with your goals?First, meal plan by looking at your calendar so you know what’s coming up. Plan your meals and snacks for a week at a time, and this is much easier if you know what is on your schedule each day. Do you have a family potluck coming up? If you plan to eat something prior to attending the event, you’re less likely to give in to the foods that other people bring which may not serve your body the best. If you know there are some foods you can eat, be sure to bring a side dish or dessert that you can have and enjoy your time with family!Second, meal prep can save the day. Don’t let those busy days, long summer nights and trips or vacations derail you. Take some time to prep your meals and snacks at the beginning of each week. In doing so, you will be less likely to find yourself ordering in/dining out or stopping for snacks when traveling. Having the basics for your meals and snacks prepared keeps you from falling into the “convenience” snacking/dining. Have you ever gotten home after a long day and realized that you don’t have time to prepare the meal you’d planned? If you have chicken pre-cooked or vegetables pre-cut, you can save yourself a lot of time.
2. Schedule your physical activity – when thinking about all the summer activities, it can be very easy to overlook physical activity. Many of us are getting outside much more and sometimes that involves exercise or physical activity, but many times, busy summer days keep us from fitting in the regular exercise routines. As with meal planning, look at your calendar a week at a time, and identify where you can fit in your daily run or bike ride. Schedule in your time at the gym so it’s a commitment to yourself and you can’t plan something else during that time. If you’re on vacation, make sure to find time for physical activity. This might not be your normal “routine”, but you can do something new. Rent bicycles and explore, go for a walk/run on the beach, take a class (yoga, barre, kickboxing, etc.) at a local studio. There are lots of ways to get physical activity, but if it’s not scheduled into your day, it’s likely one of the first things to go when other things come up or you feel tired after a long day.
3. Find an accountability partner – one of the best ways to keep on track with your goals during a busy summer is to find a friend or family member that will help keep you accountable. This can be someone who meets up with you daily to exercise, maybe you meal plan meal prep together and share recipes. It does not have to be someone local to you, you can have someone that checks in with you each day to see how you’re doing. One good way to find accountability in each other is to text/call/message each other at 9:00AM and 9:00PM to check in. In the morning, share your daily goals with each other, in the evening, discuss how the day went. What went well; what could have been better? You can also use this accountability partner to help you through difficult times, like when maybe you want to give in to foods that don’t fit in your plan? Maybe, you feel too tired to do your workout? Reach out to your partner, and ask for support or encouragement to stay on track!
4. Supplement your nutrition – once you feel like you’ve got your nutrition on point and it is best serving your body and your goals, remember that food doesn’t always provide 100% of your needs. It is important to find high quality, clean sourced supplements for vitamins and minerals, collagen, electrolytes, etc. It doesn’t matter how clean the food is, it is nearly impossible in today’s world to provide the body with everything it needs to function at its best. Supplementing can fill in the gaps where food is lacking. It is incredibly important to know how the supplements are sourced and that they don’t contain harmful or artificial ingredients. Lastly, a good supplement needs to be bioavailable, which means the body can break it down and use it.
5. Remember your goals – think about what it is you want right now, versus, what you want in the long run. An important piece of the puzzle regarding how to keep on track with your goals during a busy summer is to know what will make you happiest (feel your best) in the long run. Sure, having some drinks with friends today is fun and enjoyable, but how will you feel tomorrow… or in a few days… or a few weeks if the behavior is continued and you fall off track? We live in an instant gratification world, and it is so much easier to say “this is what makes me feel good right now in this moment”. . .but the hard realization comes when that thing often makes us feel worse in the long run. Keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind can help you stay on track.
Don’t let a hectic and eventful summer schedule derail your efforts. Summer is often fun and exciting as the days are longer and the weather is nicer. In looking at how to keep on track with your goals during a busy summer, we hope that these 5 tips will help you!