5 tips to get back to your best after summer

by Valerie Waters, Celebrity Trainer

I grew up in Orange County, California and I spent my summers at 34th in Newport Beach. I loved my days there with the sun on my face (I know, my bad!) and my toes in the sand. But my favorite part was the ocean. I would spend hours swimming or surfing and come home tired, but happy. It’s many years later and I still have the same love for the beach and I still love Summer – all of it! I love the long days and the heat. I love the more relaxed schedule and the promise of it. I think of summer as the sexy season. But I love Fall for other reasons. I love the energy, the renewed commitment and the structure. For trainers, September is like January in that everyone is back and they are ready to go hard! They want to lose their summer fluff or detox from BBQ’s and cocktails. They’re ready for routine and I’m ready for them.

If you are want to up level your fitness or get red carpet ready, here my 5 tips for getting started.

1. Assess yourself before you wreck yourself.

We all need to pause sometimes and take a good look at how things are working. Our bodies, our lives, our relationships and our thoughts. All are worthy of a full assessment but for now, let’s talk about your body. How do you feel about it? How are you treating it? Is your current fitness plan working? Are you actually working it? Or did you allow yourself a little break over the summer?

Whether you have 5 lbs or 50 lbs to lose, all of my programs begin with me asking you to take a real hard look at where you’re at.  Not so you can say bad things to yourself or beat yourself up but so you can get real with what needs to change and why. Then hold some loving space to allow the change to happen.  So take some pictures in your bikini or workout clothes, weigh yourself and do measurements. You are about to change and you will want to look back and see how far you’ve come. I promise, you will thank me later.

2. Remove temptation.

It’s not unusual for “off limits” foods to find their way back to the kitchen. I have my clients do a kitchen purge and restock every season or at the start of a new program.

The act of gathering up the trigger food lurking in your cabinets and fridge and tossing it in the garbage is a huge momentum booster. Chips, cookies, pancake mix, gummy bears, instant oatmeal, cereal, typical peanut butter and packaged foods with words you can’t pronounce, all have to go. Get rid of the products with added sugar or white flour and remember, just because something is labeled fat free or gluten free, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Sometimes a food might not even be particularly bad but if you can’t stop at one serving size, it’s best to toss it for now. Why be tempted?

3. Commit to a routine or a program.

If Summer is about play and trying new things, Fall is about structure and routine. This helps us achieve our goals more easily by putting some things on automatic pilot. Whether you order a program online, sign up for a bootcamp, hire a trainer or commit to your yoga studio’s 30 day challenge, a program gives you structure. You follow the rules, put in the work and you will see results. This works infinitely better than winging it.

4. Put Your Uniform on.

Suit up. Get some new gear. It’s an easy mindset shift. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. A couple key pieces will do the trick. Getting new shoes or new leggings is like instant motivation.

Right now, I’m just loving my “fancy pants” and can’t believe I wore black almost my whole exercise life!!

5. Plan, prep and prepare! 

This how you make it happen. If you want to eat clean, stay on your healthy diet and be consistent with your workouts, planning and prepping is how it gets done. We don’t leave our nutrition to chance. Do a big meal prep on Sunday for the week. Wash and chop veggies as soon as you get home from the Farmer’s Market. Pack your lunch when you are cleaning up from dinner. If you aren’t much of a cook, you can still have your healthy salads and juices from Beaming in your fridge for that busy Monday. Write your workouts in your calendar. Pack your gym bag the night before. Carry water everywhere.

While I’m sure you have heard many of these tips before – the truth is that this is how fit people live! Come join our tribe. It’s not as hard as you think once you get some momentum! Xo

Valerie Waters is a celebrity trainer (with clients like Jennifer Garner, Elizabeth Berkley, Rachel Nichols and Poppy Montgomery), and creator of the Valslide. She lives in West LA, loves her dogs Cody and Lexi and can be seen working out at Equinox Santa Monica or picking up her Beaming on Montana!
Ready to get Red Carpet Ready!? Valerie’s next Red Carpet Ready Bootcamp is coming up on September 8, 2015. You can sign up here.

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