School begins next Monday, and as much as I hate to see my summer vacation end, I am trying to look at it with a positive attitude. A new school year always brings with it the sense of a fresh start, a new chance, and unexplored opportunity. It’s exciting.
A stricter schedule makes some things more difficult, but it also helps me keep on track with my food. Since I bring my pre-made lunch with me, there’s no chance of eating a larger portion than I should. Last year my troublesome time was right after school, so I’m very interested in seeing how thing go this year, when I’m eating more calories at each meal and not eating snacks in between. I’ve also noticed that when I’m busier, I find that food has less importance, and I crave it less, which is really helpful in sticking to my plan.
The main problem area I can foresee is making sure that I don’t skip workouts because I’m feeling tired. Going from lazy days doing whatever I want whenever I want to a bell schedule, classes full of students who need attention, and being on the go from 7:30am-3pm, with only 30 minutes to sit down is quite a shock to my system every year. The fatigue is real and it hits hard the first couple weeks, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse to miss workouts. Because I know I’ll feel better and have better results on the scale if I keep up my commitment. Plus, and hour or two per day is not that difficult to fit in. And if my workouts are activities I look forward to doing, that will get me to the gym/fitness center that much more easily.
So in a lot of ways, I think having a more hectic schedule forces me to keep myself focused on my goal.