Many of you know that I recently came off of the Morning Meltdown 100, where I did 100 different workouts. And as soon as I finished up, I knew I needed to have a plan in place for my next round of workouts.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
I firmly believe in this quote, which is why I think it’s so important to have a plan for your nutrition, your workouts and your accountability and support. And to be realistic with all of these.
When I worked through Morning Meltdown, I always knew what workout was coming next and I was able to give myself grace if life happened and the workout didn’t get done. Flash back to the 80 Day Obsession, which ran live, and I always felt like I was behind. Sure, I had a plan, but I forgot to remind myself that it’s okay if you need a day off.
Set realistic goals
No matter where you are in your fitness and wellness journey, it’s important to have realistic goals. To work out 100 days in a row, without fail, is probably not realistic for most working moms–or anyone, for that matter. And sticking to a nutrition plan to perfection also isn’t realistic.
Set a goal that gives you some space to just be. Maybe you’re looking to lose some weight in this new year. Your goal might be to simply see the number on the scale get smaller from week to week until you fit into that favorite pair of jeans. Don’t restrict yourself by needing to lose a certain number of pounds by a specific date. Remember that sometimes the scale lies!
Know what’s coming up in life
This goes back to being realistic. There are holidays, special occasions, crazy days and days where you just might not feel like working out or eating that nutrition program-approved meal. To set yourself up for success, you need to plan ahead for days like this.
Of course, you won’t be able to plan for the unexpected things in life, but you can plan for an upcoming vacation, splurging on Valentine’s Day and your children’s birthdays. And when you meal prep, you can even plan ahead for a busy work day that leaves you too tired to make dinner in the evening. Planning ahead can keep you on track and ensure that you’re not in the drive through line at the end of the day.
Plan to have accountability and support
Some days you just don’t feel like working out, so you skip it–making skipping tomorrow’s workout that much easier. When you have friends who know your goals and who also have similar goals, it’s a lot easier to stick to them. Why? Because you can see their success and they’re encouraging you to have your own.
I love my tennis friends, who always push me to get better. And my online friends are exactly what I need between tennis practice and matches. We share recipes, new workouts and our time-saving tricks to staying the course even when life gets busy.
Are you ready to tackle the new year with the right goals and the right support behind you? If you don’t have the support you need to make the progress you want, contact me. I’d love to be a part of your 2020 success.