Let’s face it…if you’re anything like me, you’ll fall off the wagon w/your fitness & nutrition unless you have you sh*t together. Food is my weakness and when I’m not organized, I fail at eating clean & helping my family eat clean. Same goes for my workouts – these things have to be planned, or they simply don’t happen.
I’m 3 weeks post-delivery and am anxiously waiting for the ‘go ahead’ to get back in the game, so I’m using these next few weeks to get myself organized and set myself up for success.
I wanted to create a post here to help anyone else out that might be getting prepped to get back on track. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
So here are a few tips to help us GET READY to get BACK IN THE GAME! And P.S. – kudo’s to you for doing so :-)
1. SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUTS, make it an important date with yourself, and treat this time just as you would any other appointment. Pick a day each week to look at your upcoming weekly schedule (mine happens to be Sunday’s), and schedule your daily workouts. If you go to a gym, keep in mind the time it will take to get to/from the gym. I prefer at-home workouts, so this is a huge time saver for me that I don’t have to worry about. Also take into consideration the time it will take you to get cleaned up & showered afterwards.
2. ESTABLISH A BEDTIME ROUTINE TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE WELL RESTED. Did you know that sleep deprivation interferes with weight loss? Not to mention a ton of other negative effects not getting enough sleep has. An organized sleep routine will help keep you focus, well rested, and in a much better mood.
3. PLAN YOUR MEALS & MEAL PREPARATION. Sit down once per week and plan your meals for the upcoming week. Take into consideration what your schedule looks like and if you’ll need to grab something quick and pack your meal/snacks. Plan when you’re going to go to the grocery store. Don’t plan elaborate meals on days where you know you will be working late/have to take the kid’s to practice.
4. CREATE A RELAXING HOME & OFFICE. You no doubt have areas and things in your life that stress you out. Start paying closer attention to those, and if you feel a negative emotional response every time you notice these things, it’s time to do something about it. Cleaning your office might be a great place to start, then move on to individual rooms in your house. You’ll be amazed at how much less stress you’ll have when you can actually find what you’re looking for in that mess of yours!
5. ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN. If the thought of organizing your kitchen is causing you to freak out, no worries. Pick a cabinet to start with, and work on one area at a time. Throw out any foods that have gone bad. If you have food that doesn’t promote a healthy lifestyle & they haven’t been opened, try and find a local food pantry to donate this to verses just tossing it. Next – disinfect your fridge. Wipe it down and get it sparkly clean – it’s fun to start with a clean slate! If you’ve already been to the grocery store and have your healthy eats, organize them now. Once you’ve done that, look at your cooking tools (which I have an obsession with!). Organize your drawers and stow away the seldom-used appliances so you can easily access the items you use most.
6. ORGANIZE YOUR WORKOUT GEAR. This really excites me! if you know where to find your sneakers, headphones, water bottle, towel, and workouts clothes, heading out the door to the gym or waking up early to workout is a much easier process. If you shower at the gym, keep a pre-packed bag of toiletries designed to use just at the gym.
7. MAKE A DECISION TO LOSE WEIGHT. This is huge. How many times have you said you’re going to do this in the past? Find your WHY. A deep down meaningful reason as to why you must lose weight and get healthy again. Maybe for your children? To be around longer for your spouse? To lower your blood pressure? We all have a different reason – dig down deep and find it. Write it down and keep it on a post-it note on your refrigerator. Figure out what has to change in your life and environment to support you to reach your goals. Eliminate the negativity and start to build a foundation for success.
8. MANAGE STRESS. You’re going to feel overwhelmed in this journey, so be prepared for it. Find ways that you can help yourself de-stress. Yoga? Deep breathing? Massage? Learn to manage your emotions in positive ways instead of resort to a junk food binge.
9. SILENCE THE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD THAT SAYS YOU CAN’T. You are your worst critic. KNOCK IT OFF! One of my all time favorite quotes is “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Start thinking and talking positively about yourself and look up positive affirmations for yourself.
10. MIND WHAT YOU EAT. Pay very close attention to every food you eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, the snacks out of the vending machine, etc… Try to differentiate if you’re actually HUNGRY or if you’re just BORED. Read labels and research what you’re putting in your body.