As I See Fit: Back-to-school time affords opportunity to start over!

It's hard to believe that it's August already. Although the temperatures clearly indicate that summer is very much still with us, in actuality it is back-to-school time.

This means many different things to different people. For some, it signals the end of summer's long and languid days and a return to a life dictated by activities and schedules. For others, it signifies the onset of fall, even though our weather won't support that belief for another two months.

For me, back-to-school time is bliss. I love the structure, routine and order that it brings. I love the sense of newness and excitement that is in the air. I love the fact that my children are excited to see their new classrooms and are ready and eager to get back to learning.

Perhaps that is a stretch, but all of these things do share one commonality. For many of us, this time of year signifies a fresh start. It's a time of renewal and a time to get back into the swing of things.

Perhaps you struggled to work out, or even walk out, in the blazing July heat. Perhaps you had every good intention of making it to the gym, but the pool called instead. Or perhaps you felt like The Biggest Loser because you never managed to get in swimsuit shape in the first place, so you never actually even made it to the pool.

It's time to let it go. Let go of all of your good intentions, and let go of all of your guilt. Forgive yourself for falling off of the wagon. Let. It. Go. You need to forgive and forget and get ready for a new season, one that promises to be full of new beginnings.

Make a new plan. Set a small goal, and make sure that it is an attainable and achievable one. Don't start out by saying that you are going to work out seven days a week, drink only water and eat only fruits and vegetables. Not that there is anything wrong with that! If you can do that, kudos to you and that is fantastic. I'm simply trying to say that we don't want to set ourselves up for failure. We want to make small, simple and sustainable changes that will benefit our overall health and wellness.

It's not all about physically working out. It's about checking in with ourselves to determine what we need to be happy and healthy. It's about that whole mind/body connection that we hear touted so often. We hear it because it rings with truth.

If we are not well within, it's hard to be well on the outside. We have to identify harmful and negative behaviors and try to find the root of the problem. Once we can do this, our fitness journey will take on a new life.

Work to identify and overcome the obstacles that are getting in your way of a more fit and healthy you. It's time to revamp your fitness strategy.

Let's take full advantage of this new season, and let's hit the ground running with new energy, strong resolve and a fresh perspective regarding our health and wellness.

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