Recently my mantra has been “Win The Day.” I may not win every choice I make, but my goal is to not lose the day. I might make the choice to eat hot wings for dinner and drink two beers because it’s the first night of the football season, but I also walked more yesterday and ate sensibly the rest of the day.
The thing with me, and why I’m so much better at “winning the day” during the school year is because I have a set schedule. I can be more organized, in fact, I MUST be more organized so that the kids get to after school activities, I get to my evening work functions, I get to my volunteer functions, all without the wheels coming off the whole shebang. My wellness and weight-loss is a priority for me so I must schedule it into the day.
But here’s the kicker – I am just NOT good at remembering. I never ever take my weddings ring off (except when making meatballs and doing mud runs) because I would forget to put them back on. I never could rely on “the pill” because I couldn’t remember to take the thing at the same time every day.
So, I really REALLY have to set my self up for success if I want to Win The Day.
Here’s the thing about me and my Fit Bit. I forget to put it on. I forget to put it on and then I forget to charge it. But I’m trying to get better at remembering!
What I use the Fit Bit for is to remind myself to just move. I’ve set an alert on the Fit Bit to remind me to get up and walk once an hour. I have a sedentary work job for the most part, so having the Fit Bit buzz on my wrist is a good reminder to get up, refill my water bottle, take a walk around and get in some squats before I sit again.
Lay Out Clothes
I’ve mentioned before that on Sunday’s I’ll pack up my workout clothes for the week and take them with me to work. I have a drawer reserved just for my workout clothes.
If you’re not a workout at lunch kind of person, here are some other tips
Morning Workout?: Lay out your clothes the night before or sleep in your workout gear (minus your sports bra!)
Evening workout?: Why not take your workout clothes with you and change before you leave work? It’s so easy to go home, throw on the pajamas (it’s not just me, right?). If you’re already in your clothes, you’re more likely to put in the work.
I know, I feel like I keep clanging the same bell. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I think I’ve probably said it a million times but it is because it’s the truth. If I had PLANNED better on Sunday for us to eat better this week, I wouldn’t have resorted to ordering the hot wings and would have made Peace Love and Low Carbs amazingly amazing zero carb boneless buffalo wings.
Here’s one of my favorite tricks for meal planning, using my Pinterest boards. There are many plans out there that you can purchase or even those that you can use to have your weekly meals delivered to you. Whatever process works for you – it’s just that you DO it. Plan ahead, shop well, prepare your meals in advance and win the week.
When all else fails, have easy to prepare meals in your arsenal. (Yesterday I posted a one pot chicken and rosemary sage freekeh recipe and a giveaway!) Life is going to interrupt your plans, just knowing what you have in the pantry and fridge are half the battle.
Back Up Plans and Avoiding the Perfection Trap
Of course life gets in the way. You oversleep a workout. Your boss needs to meet over lunch. The kids homework over takes the evening. Having a back-up plan in place is crucial. My favorite blog, podcast and bloggers right now are the girls over at WYCWYC – What You Can When You Can. This is not about losing ten pounds or finding a solution to whatever is stopping you from finding balance, wellness, weight loss, whatever – it’s about not beating yourself up if you aren’t perfect. LIFE HAPPENS. So, have a plan, have a back up plan and when all of that doesn’t happen for whatever reason – WYCWYC it. Just make the next right decision. The next right day. Get in the next workout. Do squats at your desk instead of the long run you planned because it’s raining and you have an afternoon meeting and you can’t look like a drowned rat. Don’t beat yourself up – don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.
I could beat myself up over beer and hot wings – and throw the week away, or I could just start today making good decisions and be OK with beer and hot wings every now and again.
Recruit a Friend
The only way I survive, thrive and keep going is simple. I blog about it so you all will hold me accountable. Virtual friends, facebook support groups and the like are perfect ways to find a friend to hold you accountable.
I have two friends that I love to workout with. I ran this summer with my mom. All three of these people will call me on my BS if I cancel. Having a friend that will call you on your BS and will run, walk, squat, dance, or lift with you is critical. If this person isn’t in your home or work, find a virtual friend to text you and ask you if you’ve worked out today. Share pictures. Laugh. Cheer. Cry. Allow each other to be frustrated. Don’t allow each other to quit.
When you get this picture from Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated texted to you from your best workout friend with the caption “so clearly, we followed this pro tip when we ran our first race” you know you have found your right workout partner.
What are your strategies for Winning The Day? Besides WYCWYC and Win the Day – what are other mantras you use to stay on track while also not beating yourself up?
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