If you answered January, you made an easy mistake. Most people think about New Year’s
Resolutions to hit the gym and eat better.
But the real answer is: September. We’re entering the period – between now and the end of the
year – when you still have time to meet your goals for 2021, and when you can make some
moves that will determine the probability of your long-term success.
Let’s get you ready to go and set with these fun facts about fall – and some points on making the
most of it.
• Daylight. There’s still plenty in the morning and evenings to go for a run or a walk, and
it’s not so cold yet that you’ll be discouraged.
• Plan ahead. Enter your workouts on your schedule. Meal prep for a few days or a week.
Organize your stuff each night for the next day.
• Watch the changing leaves. September brings opportunities to reflect, as we transition
from summer into autumn. So, take a moment to appreciate your surroundings, be
grateful, and give yourself some encouragement.
• Hold onto your values. Remember why you started, and why you’re working so hard. Is
it to express self-care? To look better, move better, or feel better? Whatever it is, keep
that motivation top of mind.
• It’s a jump start. While others are putting it off until January, you can be continuing to
work toward your current goals – and already be planning all the ways you’re going to
kill it in 2022!
• Get involved. September is Healthy Aging Month and home to Family Health & Fitness
Day USA, and National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.
• Act like a kid. We used to start the new school year after Labor Day, so get excited for
new habits in September just like you did about seeing classmates and meeting new
I hope you take these weeks to set yourself up for success in the rest of 2021. But don’t forget
that stumbles are part of the process – and you’ve got to enjoy the journey.
I know you can do it!