For most kids it’s an exciting time of year. In my household, we are 50/50 split. One is excited to see his friends, the other… well lets just say we officially have a high school teenage daughter. I get a little anxious this time of year. Most of the summer was spent traveling with our kid’s soccer and baseball teams, which were awesome, but I question if we spent enough family time together. And then BAM, school is ready to start and the calendars are filling up quickly with back-to-school physicals, extra-curricular activities and don’t forget about that three-ring circus of school supply shopping.
As a parent it’s easy to neglect our needs during the summer as schedules are ever changing. When we are strapped for time the first thing to go is quality time for ourselves. Back to school season is a not only a fresh start for the kids, it’s a great time for us to get reenergized as well.
Here are few tips to put in action:
Clean out the Kitchen
We all know that we have let a few things sneak over the summer. Go through your refrigerator, pantry and cupboards, eliminating sugary and processed foods and replace them with nutritious alternatives.
Plan your meals
When you’re hungry and on the go, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating whatever is most convenient. Take some time to meal prep; Sunday is usually my day for this. I stick with bulk items we can mix and match with all week. Like ground beef/turkey for tacos or to throw in with eggs, chicken for salads or to pair with a veggie, a couple batches of starches like sweet potatoes or rice. And now that school started I make up a few after school snack containers for the kids to munch on, as we all know out of site out of mind.
Get Back to Exercise Routine
With summer it’s easy for exercise routines to fall by the wayside but with kids back in school we seem to have a little more control. It’s a great time to get back to our routines. Check your calendar at the beginning of the week, write in the days and times that you will exercise, and stick to it!
Allow yourself to make mistakes
If you are making mistakes, you are trying new things. Making mistakes is how we learn. It’s part of our success. So yes you will have one bad day (or even two or three) when it comes to your diet and exercise plan, and that’s ok. But instead of throwing in the towel, try adding a salad with dinner or going for 10-min walk. Something so little can put a positives spin on your day and encourage you to do better tomorrow.
Don’t let mistakes stop you, and don’t let them become a habit, just do what you have always wanted to do with confidence, make mistakes, learn from them, correct them, and become successful!
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B. 4 rounds
4 Push Press
12 Box Jumps
**rest 1 minute between round