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Image courtesy of Thomas Hawk on Flickr

Image courtesy of Thomas Hawk on Flickr

In How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, we discussed planning ahead for the indulgences we knew we were going to partake in.  For me, that means knowing that I’m not going to treat myself to an impromptu lunch of Chinese food on Monday when I’ve got an anniversary dinner on Wednesday and Thanksgiving on Thursday (true story).  But it is really easy to lose sight of what looms on the horizon when you’re living in the moment.  After all, Wednesday is so far away and lunch is right now.  So how are we supposed to keep ourselves on track when temptation lurks around every corner?

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The leaves are changing color, there’s a nip in the air, pumpkin spice is king, supermarkets are filled with Halloween candy and I may have seen a Christmas decoration (or two).  While we have another few days until we turn the clocks, it’s safe to say that summer is most definitely over and Fall is in full swing. I love this time of year.  For me Fall represents a new start (after all, that’s when the new school year begins).  But along with that fresh beginning, Fall brings with it a plethora of challenges when it comes to our fitness and nutrition goals.   From the beginning of September until January 2nd, it seems as though we are slowly moving from one holiday to the next, each one increasing in demand and intensity until we are consumed.  The family meals and holiday parties can test our nutritional resolve, and time seems to slip away from us before we manage to get in that workout we had intended to squeeze in.  Before we know it, New Year’s has come and gone and we are left with a basket full of “should haves” and the best of intentions to get back on track.

But what if this year we can reach the finish line and cross over into 2015 with absolutely no fanfare at all?  What if we can move through the season with confidence and a sense of purpose, and come through on the other end ready to tackle the new year with increased enthusiasm, rather than regret?  You can – if you’re willing and able to open your eyes and shift your perspective.  (more…)