Virginia has a law about kids starting school before Labor Day, so my kids technically have one more week of summer. However, this morning, they start a full day Martial Arts camp. (Why, yes, I am nervous about Shoo learning how to fight with swords…)
So, today our lives return to a schedule. I tend to be a very flexible, fly by the seat of my pants, sort of person, but when it comes to health and fitness, I do actually do well on a schedule. Now I just have to force my body back to reality.
Here’s how I’m planning to do it:
- Just do it. I know that sounds simplistic, but despite going to bed too late last night, I got up at my “school” time this morning. Yes, it was painful when the alarm went off, but shocking my system into a new pattern works better for me than slowly moving my bedtime/wakeup time. The hard part will be powering through the 3pm hour.
- Eat breakfast. My body is completely out of whack when it comes to meals lately. As I sit here typing this, I’m not really hungry. I’m going to eat something small anyways. Otherwise, I’ll end up starving later and totally not be on a normal meal schedule.
- Run first. I have a lot of stuff to get done this week. I have a conference coming up where I’m presenting on social media (GAH!). We are refinancing the house. I need to return some stuff/buy more stuff for school. Oh, and that thing called a Hjob? Yeah, I have a bunch of stuff piled up there to get finished. But, as soon as I drop the kids off, I’m going for a run. It may not be long, but I’m going.
- Plan my day. I’ve spent the whole summer just floating through the day. As nice as that was, I pretty much accomplished nothing. I need to start getting into an actual work/running/errands schedule so I can actually get some stuff done this week and into the school year.
- Cut myself some slack, but keep going when I fall. I know I’m not perfect. I’m sure at some point I’ll end up taking a nap or eating a handful of nuts and calling it a meal. But that’s ok as long as I keep my goals in mind and don’t let one slip up screw me up.
How do you get back on track after the summer? Do you move slowly towards a schedule or do you do the “rip the bandaid off quickly” method that I prefer?
Also, I’d love it if you’d head over to my Facebook page and give me an opinion on handheld water bottles. I left mine on the plane and need to buy a new one. Sigh.