Are You Ready for Summer?

Have you ever told yourself that you are going to lose weight and get fit in time for summer, only to be frustrated when bathing suit season rolls around because you aren’t where you want to be?

Why didn’t I start working out weeks ago?” we ask ourselves.  “If only I had started sooner!”

It’s easy to hide behind heavy winter clothes, but when the temperature starts rising, the clothes get lighter and we can’t hide any more.

Here are some tips on how to be where you want to be once summer hits.

1. Work Backwards

The best way to protect yourself from a regret-filled summer is to set a deadline and start NOW. Deadlines are powerful motivators. Deadlines create a sense of urgency.  They help you position yourself to succeed, because that final date is always staring back at you.

Without a deadline, tomorrow never comes.

2. Change Things Up

If you keep doing what you have always done, you will get the results you have always gotten.  It’s time to do something different.  Ask yourself this question:

If I keep doing what I am doing right now, will I achieve what I want to achieve?

If you answered no, then it’s time for a change.

Get your calendar out and decide when you want to see your first wave of results.  Be realistic: make sure you give yourself time to really get going and see changes. Challenge yourself, too – make it a little tough so you can take full advantage of the power of urgency.

3. Get Competitive 

A deadline may not be enough.  Why?  Because you may be tempted to move it.  Deadlines are not supposed to be moving targets!  The best way to prevent deadline-creep is to get competitive.

Entering into a competition, contest or challenge is a sure way to give you the edge you need to keep yourself on track and finish strong.

There is something very motivating about competing with others.  Just knowing that your effort and results are going to be measured alongside others really will give you an extra boost in motivation.

This is a time when a little peer pressure is useful!  And you will find that those with whom you are in competition will also be your biggest cheerleaders: they know exactly what you are going through and will be there to encourage you to keep moving.

Summer is close enough to give you a push, but still far enough away to ensure that you have enough time to get some serious work done.

Plan NOW to greet summer AND your bathing suit with no regrets!