This week all the kiddies went back to school and our Facebook feeds were packed with pics of adorable cherubs wearing backpacks. Even before I had a kid of my own (my 3-year-old entered preschool on Tuesday!), I always loved seeing those photos of the children of my friends beginning their school year. They always looked so excited and their eyes were lit up with the possibilities for a new school year (either that, or someone gave them too much sugar that morning!).
Nothing like a kid on his first day of school (this one’s mine!).
Even for adults, this time of year can be really exciting and productive.
If you’re a parent, your kids are spending more time away from you in the care of others…so you can take more time for yourself (yes, yes, yes!).
Most businesses start to get more serious about their goals and targets, as employees leave “summer vacation mode” and enter a more productive time.
And let’s not forget that those new year’s resolutions are now only a few months away!
So what if you’ve let things slack for a little while?
Maybe a summer of weddings and BBQs has meant that your workout routine AND your nutrition plan has been far from optimal.
All that eating and resting has left you feeling a bit BLAH, and you’re not sure how to become an unstoppable machine again (or for the first time).
How do you get your mojo back?
First things first.
Even if you don’t feel like doing it, you have to start going through the motions.
Head to the gym even if the first few sessions are a bit lacklustre.
Prepare food in advance (particularly your proteins and veggies!) so that you don’t give yourself an excuse to give in to laziness or fatigue.
Perhaps get some professional guidance in the form of a coach or by (shameless plug) joining my Lean365 program to get your workouts and nutrition on track.
Whatever gets you moving forward in the right direction.
The other key element is to remind yourself of your WHY.
Why do you want to get lean?
Is it because you want to live longer, feel sexy on your Caribbean holiday, or so you have the energy to play with your kids?
If you don’t have a strong enough reason for doing what you’re doing, you won’t do it.
Well, you might at first.
But sooner or later you’ll be wondering if you need to re-watch old episodes of Game of Thrones instead of hitting the gym.
So find your WHY.
Keep reminding yourself WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.
Get yourself in motion, no matter how hard it seems at first, and focus on why you want to achieve your particular goal.
It’s great to have goals, for sure, but if you don’t have a compelling reason to achieve them you won’t stay consistent and you’ll have a hard time getting off your butt to do the things you need to do.
When you know why you’re working towards your goal, you’ll keep moving forward even when the inevitable obstacles hit.