Today is the first day of summer – woohoo! It’s such a beautiful day in Southern California, and I feel so good (:
One thing I love about summertime, is that it brings unique opportunities to practice balance.
For example, most of us already know the mindset needed to reach our goals — Success takes sacrifice and commitment.
You may be ready for that, or you may not be…
If you’re like me, sometimes you like the flip side better – Occasionally rewarding yourself for little victories along the way, such as a small dessert after a week of hitting your exercise and nutrition goals, or a pedicure after training hard on the trails for a couple of months.
But it can be a tricky balance.
… Reward yourself too much and you might cancel your progress.
… Reward yourself too little and you could feel deprived and frustrated.
Think of it this way…
If we create a new, positive idea of “rewards,” and not just think of them as sugary desserts or rounds of margaritas, then we can build on our positive choices even more. So:
- Forget “cheat days” and opt for an occasional “fun meal” or even just a “fun dessert.” In summer, cool off with a healthy homemade popsicle (recipe here) instead of a trip to the local Ben & Jerry’s.
- Make your reward something that supports your healthy living goals. Like a nap… Ah, yes. Turn the phone off, tell the kids to keep it down, and indulge. It’s also good for lowering stress and resetting your focus.
- Buy something to continue building healthy habits. Like, when you reach a milestone in your weight journey, get that nifty smoothie blender or a new pair of tights.
- Dip into decadence with a massage or other spa service.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be something huge.
In fact, simple acknowledgment might be all you need today.
Let’s enjoy summer together (: