We all knew spring would come sooner or later; just as we knew sweatshirts and sweatpants would give way to shorts and skirts. People are definitely setting their expectations way too high if they turn in poor to mediocre exercise effort all winter and think that their hopes will find solace in a pair of tight shorts.

Once again, I sit outdoors writing my column among the flora and fauna of spring. Everything around me is waking up and giving a wink as if to say, "I told you I'd be back!"


We all knew spring would come sooner or later; just as we knew sweatshirts and sweatpants would give way to shorts and skirts. How is it one can dance all winter only a millimeter from the buffet table and somehow think that there's anything but a bigger pair of pants waiting at the end of "Stairway to Heaven" for them?


Well, all you have to do is try on your clothes. You see, the biggest mistake people make after a long, cold winter is trying on pants that barely fit them last spring. So, if you're reading this now, run to your closet and try on your bathing suit, your golf shorts, whatever. But do it with someone around who will honestly show you just where your "cup runneth over."


People are definitely setting their expectations way too high if they turn in poor to mediocre exercise effort all winter and think that their hopes will find solace in a pair of tight shorts.


If we all look ahead to tomorrow and plan what outcome we'd like to achieve when that end comes, won't that be a logical first step? Trying on clothes is just a wee trick in your arsenal. Packing your lunch full of healthy snacks, getting your gym clothes laid out and keeping "you" at the forefront of your "to do" list for tomorrow is paramount to your success.


If you do one thing tomorrow, start today by planning it. History has a way of repeating itself, and if you've "been here before" and have a feeling that this is happening to you all over again, maybe it's because it has.


Think ahead -- tomorrow is an opportunity to make yourself into who you want, and the great part is, it's all up to you.


Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his Web site at www.TrainerX.com.