09/23/2011 08:19 am ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

10 Tips To Get Back On Track

I've been trying to sit down and write this article for a week. Unfortunately for you, my topic is "how to get back on track." I never even intended to take the summer off from writing. I just kept not writing.

Now, two months of "todays" later, I've somehow finally resuscitated the part of my brain connecting my fitness ideas to my keyboard. I have no idea how.

Lucky you.

Unfortunately for me, I am clueless when it comes to helping myself. Of course, I can offer complete marathon-length discourses on how you can help yourself. Does anyone sense some disconnect here?

Anyway, here are some excuses -- I mean, things -- I've dealt with this roller-coaster summer, not necessarily first-hand nor in any particular order: biking, surgery, Vermont, adult summer camp, Paris, cancer, college, foreclosure, praying, swearing, sweating, crying, college, dancing, laughing, falling down, getting up, drinking, senior year, insomnia, menopause.

Did I mention college? College, college, college?

So if you, like me, have slipped into bad habits or let yourself off the hook day after day, whatever the reason, you still can recover momentum after a break.

Here are my top 10 ways to do it.

10 tips to get back on track after a break