Remember the saying, Spring Forward, fall back? It's a nice reminder to know which way to set your clock when it comes to "daylight Savings Time". Fortunetely and unfortunetely, it's also a metaphor for many of us when it comes to our Fitness Journey. As soon as Spring rolls around, People have a tendancyy to suddenly "get motivated". they begin working out, and eating right. Something about the thought of wearing a bathing suit mere weeks away may have a little something to do with that. Gym memberships go up, sales on dietary supplements go up, and there's usually a surge in the category of Home Fitness Products as well.
But guess what?? It's not Spring! It's Fall, and for many of us on this Fitness journey, we have a tendency to "Fall Back" as well. Summer's over, the bathing suit are tucked away, the roomier sweaters are coming out of the space Bags, and before we know it... it's Baking Season! Time for some comfort food! Halloween candy! Here come the Christmas cookies! I'll start working out again on New Year's Day!
As a Life long Fitness buff, I know this very well, and have fallen into myself. That's why it's all the more important, even critical, to be aware of the dangers of "falling back", and losing all you've been working for over the past months. Don't let that happen!
Why not see this as the "BEGINNING" of a new season? It's a chance to truly take some time and go to the next level, while others are "falling back".
One way to do it, and make it feel "fresh", is to try something "New". Need fresh motivation? New ideas? P90X , is filled with them. From Yoga, to Plyometrics, to weight training, it has a lot offer. It might even transform your "Fitness Fall" into an opportunity to "Spring Forward".
Oh, and don't forget to set your clocks.
Enjoy the Journey,
Thanks for the inspration Rick, I am almost two years into a weight loss journey, and having lost 83 pounds so far, I have hit a plateau. Motivation is hard to keep up when you hit the wall, but I read your posts as well as those of other viewers and this keeps me focused on my goal. I want to keep what I've lost off through the upcoming holidays, so I have ordered Leslie Sansone DVD's for those days when I cannot get out to walk. To make a long story short, keep up the good work, and know that you are helping a long time viewer from "Falling Back" into bad health habits.
Thank you for the encouraging words. I find that the spring forward/fall back concept is also a metaphor for the different seasons in our lives. We are more able to spring forward in the spring of our lives ... but as we head for fall and winter it's hard not to fall back ... in fact it's hard to stand up too, much less spring forward. I've been overweight since I was 2; am now 57. My weight has yo-yo'd all my life. I am now, however, ernestly attempting to get fit. My husband, who was in much better shape than me, died of a heart attack last winter at the age of 55. He had no high blood pressure; was not overweight; just went to work one day and died. It was so sad and so unfair; I was the one who had all the risk factors...not him. At the urging of my adult children, who do not want to lose another parent, I have been losing weight (went from a 3x to a svelt 2x and still dropping) and I am hoping to join the gym at a local university. I am determined. I'm not sure how much I can accomplish given the fact that I have never been in shape (except for a brief period in my 20s when I could run an 8 minute mile), and I know I will never achieve what other younger people in the "spring" of their lives can achieve, but I plan to do my best, and your fitness shows are very helpful ... I enjoy all of your presentations. And I loved "Stormy Rivers" ... you and Joan Rivers and Lisa R. need to do another soap opera!
A QVC fan
For those who are serious about losing weight, a healthy diet is essential. Avoid fried foods, white breads, sugars and starches. Using Splenda in most baked goods is a very effective way to cut down on calories without sacrificing too much of the taste. Also, use cinnamon and cider vinegar daily (although not together!). Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning oatmeal and enjoy about 2 tsps of the vinegar as salad dressing at your evening meal. They are both very healthy and help control your blood sugars.
I've been doing this--and exercising daily. I am no longer condsiered a "diabetic" and look better than I did two years ago. I'm not giving up. I want to continue on the weight loss and the road to good health.
And yes, I agree that "Stormy Rivers" is due for a new episode!
I worked at Disney years ago..Working way too many hours and my crew told me it was Spring Back Fall Forward. I went to work at 4:00 am. Not nice. funny but Not Nice. Thanks for your excercise encouragement.