By Beth Maschoff, RD, LD, Director of Nutrition
In January I worked on a Summer Goal Setting resource. It was designed to highlight the limitless possibilities of summer and all that we can accomplish between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Anything is possible. And while still true, with Memorial Day upon us, it seems irresponsible to talk about summer goal setting without acknowledging what we have been through this spring. A lot has changed since January, and it has impacted each of us.
A wise colleague of mine equates the last few weeks with the Stages of Grief. For many of us, coming to terms with what we have experienced has felt like a loss. And much like the grieving process, it started with denial. Is this really happening? Often, this progressed to feelings of frustration or anger that the situation was out of our control. As many of you shared in your visits, it left you spinning and disoriented. Your “new normal” meant an altered employment situation or working from home, closed gyms and virtual workouts, taking on the role of teacher, and often multiple generations sheltering-in-place under one roof. These disrupted routines naturally cause added stress and distance us from the habits we worked so hard to build. But as the weeks progress, what we also hear is your remarkable resilience and ability to adapt and pivot. It might not have been easy, or a path you chose, but you have adjusted and renewed your commitment to not letting these unique circumstances derail all you hold close. Most of us are ready for the next steps, whatever that may look like. We’ve had time, if not to accept, to adjust. We are ready to move on and focus on what is in our control.
We didn’t choose to be here, but we can choose what is next. What is important to us? What will our summer look like?
What we know for sure:
- Summer is coming!
- Social gatherings might look different, but we will be celebrating these beautiful summer days again with family and friends.
- There are 106 days (or more than 15 weeks) between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- A lot of change and progress can occur in 15 weeks; it is plenty of time to achieve whatever we set our mind to.
- All progress matters.
- Losing even 5% of your body weight can improve risk factors for chronic diseases.1
- Being at a healthy weight has never been so important.2,3
- Having a BMI over 30 has been associated with hospitalization and adverse outcomes when fighting COVID-19.
- It all starts with a plan.
- Where would you like to be by Labor Day? What is important to you? What are you willing to commit to? You can accomplish great things.
- It is time to put Spring 2020 behind us and focus on what is next.
- You hold the pen. Let your Livea team help you write an action plan that supports your priorities and long-term goals. We are here to you every step of the way.
What are you committing to this summer? 106 days of possibility lie ahead.