Time to Pick Your Summer Reinvention Goal

All through school as a kid, I always saw summer break as a chance for reinvention. Three months away from my friends, my latest crush, and my teachers, where, if I worked really hard, I could come back an entirely new and impressive person. There were a lot of pre-teen fantasies of me walking into the first day of school with a wind machine blowing my hair and people oohing-and-ahhing over the new me. And while that never actually happened (only in the movies, kids), I did always find myself more confident and ready to face the school year knowing that I used my summer break to better myself.

Sometimes my summer goals were appearance related—I wanted to lose a few pounds or I wanted to start dressing better. But often, my goals were things that made me feel more empowered than a smaller dress size. One summer, I wanted to perfect my overhand serve before try-outs for my high school volleyball team (I made the team and became a power server). Another summer, I worked hard to get as many scholarships for college as possible. Whatever my goal was for those three months, I always came out a better, stronger and more focused person by the time the school bell rang again in August.

What My Goals Look Like

I’ve been out of school for quite a while now, and there are no longer any summer breaks in my life, but I still like to set myself a summer goal. I don’t know about you, but for me, summer is the time when I find myself the most productive and most motivated. The days are long, the weather is warm, and it motivates me to be the best me I can be.

Last summer, I set a fitness goal to focus on building strength. In the three months, I added 90 seconds to my plank time, lost 11 ¾ inches off my body and went from not being able to do any pushups to being able to do a set of modified push-ups with ease. Success!

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My 2012 Summer Goal is…

Now that we’re solidly into summer break territory, it’s time again to set my summer goal for 2012. There were a lot of ideas floating around in my head. I toyed with cutting back on my sugar intake (I’m a total sugar-a-holic). I also thought about signing up for race or event at the end of the summer. But in the end, I decided to go back to my roots. I decided to go simple and straightforward. I decided to go with something I’ve been struggling with for as long as I can remember—weight loss.

A few years back, I lost a significant amount of weight and I’ve pretty much maintained that weight loss. But I never considered myself “done”. Sure, I’m no longer 272 pounds, but I also know I could be a lot happier and healthier with a little less weight on my frame. So this summer is all about dropping the LBs—from Memorial Day (May 28, 2012) to Labor Day (September 2, 2012), I’d like to lose 20 pounds. That’s 14 weeks. 1.43 pounds per week (a totally reasonable goal). Let’s do this!

Now it’s Your Turn

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!