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Back to School, Back to Your Game Plan

By Elisa - Jenny Craig

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Summer probably went way too fast, as it always does, but there is an upside to vacation being over and kids going back to school; you get your routine back. And with routine, can come healthy habits. And although the new school year can bring new duties (hello carpool!) too, now is the time to set your schedule so that you get in some essential self-care.


The beginning of the school year is also a great time to focus on your weight loss goals and make strides towards a healthier you! Keep reading for our best tips to get back to your weight loss goals this fall.

Talk yourself into it

If you’re struggling with negative self-talk when it comes to committing to your weight loss goals, you’re not alone. There are many common excuses that can impact your journey to better health. But for each reason you may come up with, generate two or three actionable ways you can prevent these thoughts from getting the best of you.  


For example, you may think, “I don’t have time to commit to exercising and eating healthy.” But with a few ideas, you can combat this mindset: Keep a calendar and schedule time for yourself to workout, prepare a simple, healthy breakfast, or to take a walk around the neighborhood before taking your kids to school. Or, replace your usual TV time in the evening with something active or productive instead. By writing down actionable items, you’ll have a plan in place when negative self-talk bubbles up.

Get Inspired

BacktoSchool_Calendar.jpgNo matter the time of year, juggling the demands of parenthood, work and life can lead to putting your well-being on the back-burner. Especially during the summer months, it can be easy to let routines slide—which may impact your sleep schedule and your best intentions to eat mindfully. Take some time to reflect on the last few months to determine if there are any habits that no longer serve you. It could be as simple as tucking in earlier, to avoid late-night snacking and screen time, or swapping sugary sodas for unsweetened iced tea. 


Once you’ve reflected, grab a pen and notepad and write down your motivation for focusing on your health and beginning this weight loss journey. Keep your list somewhere accessible, so if you’re ever feeling discouraged, you can remind yourself why you started. Here are a few idea starters for inspiration:


●     To improve my health.

●     To keep up with my kids.

●     To fit into my clothes more comfortably.

●     To feel more confident in my own skin.

Brainstorm New Ideas & Get Your Kids Involved

While getting back into the swing of a new routine can prove challenging, making simple changes may help you adjust a little easier. Getting your kids involved with your new healthy habits can also make it a family affair! Here are a few idea starters to start implementing this school year:


  • After school, take the time to go for a walk and talk about your child’s day. Not only is it a great way to connect as a family, but you’ll be getting some fresh air and add some activity to your day.




  • Have your kids help pack their lunches. You’ll not only be giving your kids some responsibility, but you can help guide them to make healthier choices.
  • Play a game instead of watching TV after dinner. Instead of lounging on the couch after the dishes have been cleared, try playing a board game instead. Not only is it a great way to have a few laughs with your family, but you may be able to nod off earlier by avoiding screen time.1

Find SupportBacktoSchool_Support.jpg

During a weight loss journey, having extra support can help hold you accountable. Seek out a friend or family member that may be looking to tackle similar health goals and see if they would be interested in joining forces. This person may even be a fellow parent from your child’s class!


If you’re looking for weight loss coaching, Jenny Craig’s personal consultants are dedicated to helping you improve your health and will work with you to reach your goals. 

Be Kind to Yourself

Lastly, remember to stay positive on your weight loss journey and be kind to yourself. You don’t need to be perfect to achieve your goals; you just need to be persistent and dedicated. So if you have an off day, instead of letting it spiral into an unhealthy week, accept your misstep and move on—it happens! Remember, you’re capable of achieving your goals, you just need to believe you can.


The back to school time is an excellent opportunity to start fresh and implement new habits for both you and your family. By following the steps above, we hope you can create a new routine that will keep you focused on your health and well-being.


Want a little extra help? Contact Jenny Craig to learn how our weight loss consultants can create a plan that works for your lifestyle.





[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207182512.htm

Elisa Hoffman

bio-photo-Elisa.jpg.ea6b8a205d9e2f742b035cb498a3b0bb.jpgElisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico.


Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple.


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