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September 21st, 2009 No Comments

Summer is coming to a close, so it’s time to regain our focus on fitness.

First, make an assessment about where you are in terms of:

  • Routine – The actual exercises you’re doing.  Is your body still challenged?
  • Areas of Interest – What needs a little more attention?  A specific muscle group, cardio, stress level, etc.
  • Motivation – The drive that gets you to the gym and keeps you strong through the workout.  Are you passionate, disinterested, burned out?
  • Physical strength – the amount of weight and reps maintains your current strength.  Do you need to change for different results?
  • Mental Satisfaction – Are you happy with physical, mental, emotional results you are gaining from exercising?
  • Diet – Are your eating habits helping or hindering your progress?

For me personally, this summer I have felt really burned out with my routine and therefore unmotivated to workout.  I attempted to push harder and make myself go to the gym, but that left me even more frustrated.  As a result, my mentality became more negative due to the extra load of stress I carried around with me.

So I decided I just had to take time off.  Let my body and mind rest.  At first, this was REALLY hard to deal with.  Not do any physical exercise for a week? Does a hike count?  Yikes.  When the week was over I was so anxious to get back into the gym!  Then fashion week hit.  Obviously with that schedule and editing at night meant working out could not be a priority.

Well, I’ve spent the weekend lounging with friends, eating too much, drinking too much.  It was great!

Today, Monday morning, I am ready to hit the reset button and refocus on fitness, diet, and my overall health.

Workouts will include:

  • Spinning 2 days a week
  • Lifting weights and cardio 3 days a week
  • Yoga and light weights 1 day

Diet:

  • 3 day juice cleanse from Red Carpet Cleanses*
  • 3 days raw food only from Red Carpet Cleanses
  • Vegan meals in the morning, protein, carb, and greens for lunch, carb/fruit snack, protein and veggies for dinner
  • Finding the sweet nature of fruit instead of always reaching for a cookie

You’ve heard my story.  Care to share yours?  Email me your means of focus and goals and I’ll post them (anonymously or with a link to your blog) so we can learn new ways to refresh our routine that have proven to be successful.

*Red Carpet is providing juice and meals for free. I am in no way obligated to write about my experience. But what would be the fun in not sharing it with you? Plus, I want to see how it compares to BluePrint and Organic Avenue, my two favorite NYC juice and smoothie resources.