Friday, July 28, 2017

Fit Friday no. 2 (2017)

Back with another Fit Friday post!

5 habits that keep me on the right track

1. Never miss a Monday! This rule works wonders for me. At this point in my journey, if I skip my workout on a Monday, you can probably bet I'll talk myself out of going on Tuesday. After that it's like a domino effect. I don't know why, but if I don't go Monday, the rest of the week it feels like I'm on a train that is speeding faster and faster downhill on the wrong track. Now, there have been weeks where I haven't made it to the gym until Wednesday, but it is so much harder for me to get there by then. For what ever reason, if I go Monday, I am going to have a great week. I'll probably go five days. I'll decline other plans, or leave early so that I can get my workout in. I don't remember where I heard this rule, it was awhile ago, but it is the best rule in my opinion!

2. Meal prep! One of the ways I talk myself out of a workout (and into a drive-thru) is by knowing I don't have food at home prepped and ready to go. I try to cook on Sundays, just because it's what's easiest for me. I prep all my meals and snacks so that there is less to do during the week. Obviously, this also helps you eat healthier. I make sure that what we keep in our home is healthy. There aren't many fatty or high carb foods in our fridge/pantry. I make a list before I go to the store and I stick to it. For me, sweets are my thing. Chocolate, ice cream, all of it! I've learned that if I deprive myself I turn into a crazy person so I make certain rules for myself. A few dark chocolate covered almonds or a chocolate peanut butter protein bar are my go to treats.

3. Wearing a step counter! I wear a Fitbit, because I thrive on competition. I like that you can set up daily or weekly competitions to see who gets the most steps. Even if you don't compete with other people, it reminds you every hour to get moving, and it buzzes when you hit certain goals. This is a great way to get me up and moving even if I'm not going to the gym. Some days I've gone to the gym on my recovery day just to walk or run on the treadmill for steps.

4. Setting goals! If I set a goal for myself, I want to achieve it. I make sure to not set weight loss goals for a few reasons. First, I'm doing a lot of weight training, and although I know I will be losing fat, I hope to also gain muscle. Secondly, stepping on a scale is just unhealthy for me. I don't need to be obsessed with a number, and truth be told, I don't even have a goal weight. I just want to be the healthiest I can be. I set goals for how long I want to stay on the stair master (that thing is freaking hard!) and I set weight lifting goals. I crush my weight lifting goals much faster than my stair master ones, but oh well!

5. Be Positive! My favorite and most practiced positivity exercise is to speak positive affirmations. I do this in every area of my life, including this one. For example, I will get that job! I will lose that weight! I will go to the gym! I will be stronger! I will be successful! This process keeps me sane. I usually try to do it first thing in the morning, on my way to work. I say all of these words out loud, as many times as I feel I need to that day. It really just helps get my mind in the right space. 

These five habits really help me through a busy week. They help me stay focused and productive no matter what is going on in my life. Of course, I'm no expert. This week I didn't work out Monday , so you can just assume how the rest of my week went. What can I say!? I'm working on it! I would love to hear if you have any of the same habits, or other ones that I should add to my list. After all, you can never have too many healthy habits! 

XO -Megs

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