Every year I typically plan some type of getaway. It never fails, a month or so prior to leaving, I scramble to get my body ready. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes things don't work out the way I imagined. But either way, I don't enjoy the process of having to work diligently to create short-term results.
This year, it's time to change up the strategy.
"The Project Summer Body" title is a little misleading. The name implies that it's about working feverishly to obtain your ideal body by summer. Yes, that's true but Project Summer Body is really about developing the habits that will easily allow you to achieve your weight goals. Ideally, we employ these habits now. By spring, we've begun to solidify those habit sand, by summer, we don't have to do a mad dash to get ready.
No longer will there be this constant struggle to get in shape. Instead, try focusing living a lifestyle that promotes your healthiest body ever.
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I took a minute to reflect on my current situation and realized that healthy habits aren't deeply engrained into my life. That's what Project Summer Body is all about. It's time solidify these habits for life. In my reflection, I wondered about the other habits that I've easily established. Maybe I could learn from that and apply it to my fitness journey.
The first thing that came to mind is the habit of scrubbing my feet every day in the shower. Before instituting that practice, my heals were a mess. Then, one day, someone said to keep a pumice bar in the shower as a reminder to use it daily. I tried her advice and it became an instant habit that I've maintained for years. I ask myself "why did this habit integrate work so well?"
Here's what I came up with:
1. I paired the action with another habit that I already engage in every day (showering).
2. I set a specific time to engage in the action (I scrub at the end of the shower prior to stepping out).
This is what some like to call habit pairing. It's where you layer a new habit on top of an established one. How many times have you said to yourself that you're too busy to exercise? If that's the case, then habit pairing might be the answer you've been looking for. In my mind, getting in the car and driving to the gym required too much "effort." So I brainstormed ways to layer exercise onto what I'm already doing. The answer was soon revealed.
Ever since then I've been happily bouncing on my trampoline while catching up on Instagram stories. I set a timer for 30 minutes and work up a sweat while I'm entertained. Instead of dreading this event, I happily look forward to it. It's part of my life now.
This is the first of many steps I'll take towards living a life that results in creating my ideal body. The goal is not to (simply) loose weight, it's to be consistent. If I remain consistent, I'll have everything I want.