September: End of summer, start of school, new page in the calendar…
Although January is typically when people assess their goals and make changes in their lives, September is also the perfect time to do an assessment of how your goals are going and decide whether you might need a little “Tune Up” so to speak. Don’t worry I haven’t totally fallen off the wagon or anything. I’ve just been feeling lately that I could use a little “Tune Up”. I’ve let a few things slip this summer that I plan to refocus on.
I typically exercise 6 times a week with one day of rest. Usually that consists of 3 days of running, 2-3 days of strength training and some sort of cardio (biking, spinning, elliptical, swimming) and 1 day of yoga. This summer however, my frequency has remained constant but I think my intensity has waned a bit. This has been especially true this August where I felt a little rushed to get things in and perhaps have not dedicated myself the way I normally do.
I am pretty good about stretching, icing and rest days especially since my stress fracture last winter. Part of my recovery regimen includes hot yoga once a week. But I realized the other day that I hadn’t been to yoga all summer! I went last weekend and remembered how much I love it and how great I feel afterwards. Why did I miss class all summer? Is that why my hip flexors and IT bands have been tight?
I had some lofty goals of getting a lot more sleep this summer. During the school year, we get up around 6 as my kids are out the door before 7. I planned to log in lots more sleep during the summer but instead I stayed up late watching dumb tv shows and playing around on Pinterest. LOL! Tomorrow brings another 6 am wake up so it’s time to start going to bed earlier and remembering how good it feels to get a good night’s sleep.
For the most part, I eat a well balanced, vegetarian diet all of the time. Where I’ve been slacking a little is meal planning. I like to plan out my meals for at least 3 days. I haven’t been so good with that the past month and have been improvising at the last minute. I need to go back to my staples-preparing and eating my Breakfast Casserole again. Planning my meals out better and having the ingredients in stock. I was so good about my lemon water in the morning and that sort of fell apart as well. Whew! Got that off of my chest.
So just as you might take your car in for a “Tune Up” to check the tires, add fluids and make sure it’s prepped for winter, I invite you to join me in a September Tune up for your body. Assess what’s working and what could use a little tweaking. #Refocus #Restart
So tell me-Are you in need of a September Tune Up as well?