Today is the first day of summer – woohoo! It’s such a beautiful day in Southern California, and we feel so good 🙂
One thing we 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 us, 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 🙂