Wow!!! It's the middle of September already! Where did that come from?! Eventful year so far. How's it been for you?
Over the year there is a distinct pattern of the 'get ready for.... (Insert yearly event here)' syndrome. It should not come as a surprise by now that spring means wearing fewer layers, summer means small pieces of Lycra covering the essentials and winter means little black dresses and impressing the office at the party. Though for some reason, we seem to have a small panic attack and a look of surprise when it comes around. Let me cement this fact now! It will happen EVERY YEAR.
Now here's a thought.....please do pipe up if this is a bit out there.......Why not be 'ready' all year round? No panic at a last minute party invite, or surprise holiday where a crash diet suddenly collides with all levels of sanity and reason. Sounds like a dream, huh? I like to encourage clients to work at achieving but then sustaining a body that they are proud of and can manage on a day to day basis. Then if you do want to look 'extra special' for a special event then all that's needed is a little tweaking. The year naturally falls into what I call 'resolution' phases. There's the original New Year madness, but then every 12 weeks there's another. It usually corresponds to magazines telling you that you've got to be ready for spring/ bikini/summer/the 'C' word........Honestly.......who's started to see the dreaded 'C' word popping up here and there? That little word decorated with holly that really shouldn't appear until at least December 1st (in my opinion!!) Mince pies should not be eaten in September (take note Tesco......)
Motivation is hard to sustain all year round, you can't deny that, so why not make use of this natural pattern and feel a new wave of excitement with your training and diet, with a clear goal in mind and a sense of direction. If you're new to the game and starting a new exercise and nutrition plan start setting 1, 4, 8 and 12 week goals. If you're hitting a plateau, set a new standard. Get the last 2kgs off, or the last few percent of body fat you were aiming for but didn’t quite reach, or finally run that 10km in under 60 mins. Don't know how? Ask someone who knows! It's good to remember that your body is for life and not just for Christmas..... (Arrrgh!! I said it!!!)