In a recent survey of 1,500 moms, participants said Fall is their ideal season to jump start – or recommit to – a weight loss or fitness plan. The moms told surveyors that the regular hours and routines of back-to-school made planning meals and exercise time easier.

Here are a few ideas on ways you can make a new you resolution this Fall.

Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and get outside!

Sure, we won’t see true Fall colors here in the Mid-South for a few weeks, but the scorching days of summer heat have passed us by. Enjoy an early morning jog or an evening stroll through the park or around the block.

Find your nearest farmer’s market and enjoy fresh, late-season food.

Pumpkins really come into their own in Fall – and they can be so much more than pie filling! Find a great low-cal cream of pumpkin soup recipe here  and a delish 100-calorie pumpkin pie smoothie recipe here.

Want more ideas? okay.

Chop a fresh apple and sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar over them. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice. After five minutes in the microwave, you have a mock apple cobbler that makes a sweet and filling treat alone or as an oatmeal topping!

Find your new Fall routine, settle into it and take advantage of all the time and resources you can to make a new YOU resolution and you could be reaching your weight loss goals just as friends begin thinking about theirs on New Year’s Day.