Summer has come to an end, and you’re ready to get back to a routine and back into shape. You tell yourself, “Okay, now it’s time take control of my schedule and get back to the gym.” This isn’t the first time you have told yourself it’s the perfect time to reclaim my health, fitness and weight loss. We’ve all started and stopped short of our fitness and weight loss goals you are not alone. Let me ask you a couple questions: What’s going to be different this time? What’s going to help you get the results you want and create lasting change? Here are three key things you can do differently that will help you reach your goals and create lasting change.

Key #1: Work on Your Mindset. Change begins with language! Adopt an “I can” attitude, take ownership for yourself, and eliminate all excuses. In order to succeed with your health, fitness and weight loss goals, you have to be willing to stay positive, stay committed, and keep moving forward even if you have minor setbacks. I recommend doing a gratitude and goal journal every morning and night; write out all you are thankful for and rewrite your goals. This will help to create a positive attitude and keep your goals on the forefront of your mind.

Key #2: Ditch the unrealistic workout routine and diet. I know this may sound counterintuitive, but really think about what I am saying here. When was the last time you stuck to a workout routine you purchased through the TV or Internet, or what was the last dieting fad you tried? Instead really think about the activities you like to do, such as walking, running, hiking, yoga, swimming, weight training, or combination of these, and do them more often on a regular schedule. As far a diet is concerned, there is no magic pill. You have to cut out processed foods, eliminate excess sugars, and eat lean meats, vegetables and fruits. In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume.

Key #3: Find a Mentor or Coach. Success leaves clues if you want to find success with your health, fitness and weight loss, then take the same actions your mentor or coach has taken to find success with their health, fitness, and weight loss. It’s not a mystery or something that is unattainable. You can do this, you just have follow the same exact steps as the person you want to emulate.

So I ask the question again: What’s going to be different this time? Write down your answers and take the first step today! If you need help there are many fitness professionals who make it their life goal to help you. If you start now, you will be well on your way to a healthy, fit body and mind by Christmas. I believe in you!