Always ALWAYS plan ahead…
Most of the fitness and nutrition struggles I hear about involve nutrition, lack of accountability and motivation, and time. It may seem frustrating, but more often then not, the things we struggle with most actually have really simple solutions if we're willing to be intentional about overcoming it.
Think about this.. people who are busier than you, still find time to workout. No, you're not the busiest person in the world, I promise.
Time can be saved M-F if you take 2-3 hours on Sunday to plan your meals for the week and schedule your exercise down to the time of day you plan to do it. Failure to plan out and prep meals will have you relying on fast food or whatever’s left in the fridge when you get home.
Without scheduling your workouts you will likely have it as the last to-do on your priority list which pretty much means it won’t get done.
On Sunday’s I sit down and schedule my week like this:
5 am Breakfast
Work 6am – 4pm
4:30-5 Respond to emails
5:30-6:30 dog park
7-9:00 Respond to messages
7:00 am Breakfast
7:30 Personal Development
9-10:00 shower and get ready
11-12:00 Dog park
7:00-9:00 Emails and messages
Wednesday, Thursday, Etc….. I have it scheduled down to the hour otherwise I’d work, work, work, forget to eat and I’d leave working out until the end of the day when I’m drained.
I then have my meals prepped from Monday-Wednesday. Meal prepping a full 6-7 days can be overwhelming and make the kitchen a madhouse. I also don’t like to eat food that’s been prepped for longer than three days, as preference. So I personally just do three days at a time and recommend that to anyone just starting out as well.
When people tell me this, I take a deep breath.. I know accountability is so important -- it's my job of course it is. But this is something that is entirely in your control. Just as I can't give someone purpose or motivation, accountability has to come from within. How bad do you want it?
To help myself stay motivated and keep myself accountable throughout my week be scheduling my workouts, this helps A TON, I’m a list person. I like checking things off my list as I go, so I get satisfaction out of crossing of that I did my workout.
I’m also the host of an accountability group where I share that I did my workout so other’s will be motivated to get theirs done too. I’m always looking to help people on their fitness journey so if you’d like to join this group, free to let me know, we’d love to have you! The key is to find someone who will know if you don't get your workout done..
Another accountability factor is my significant other. Tanner knows my goals and that alone pushes me to workout each day.
I also have my workout calendar posted as well as my dream board in a place I see it every day so I’m constantly reminded about what motivates me most..
You see, all of this takes a little extra planning and organization -- some people just aren't motivated enough to even plan head. I've often found that people with crazy hectic schedules actually find their life to be easier after adding health and fitness to their plate.. why? Because their more organized and have their meals and schedules planned ahead of time.
The key to my success is:
-Planning my weeks out down to the hour with a workout at the top of my list
-Planning and prepping my meals
-Planning my 30 day workout calendar and hanging it up
-Having an accountability group/partner
It should be comforting to know that even a health and fitness enthusiast has systems in place to help with the same struggles you have. It’s not magically easier for me, I just take that extra time to set myself up for success by planning ahead!