We've all heard this quote before: if you don't lay the groundwork by setting up a good plan, you're destined to veer off-course. I totally buy into this proverb. I'm a chronic list-maker. I love getting absorbed in 'the details' whether it's to get ready for a Christmas party or to map out my 5-year career plan. I love setting goals almost as much as I love achieving them.
So why haven't I been applying this approach to my fitness and diet?
Things have become a little complacent around here. A little too reactive for my liking. I have resolved to start getting back to basics when it comes to planning for success. Each Monday I will be using my post to outline a detailed plan for the work week. The strange thing is that weekends are actually my BEST days - I'm always really active on the weekends and tend to plan great meals. So, I am focusing on Mon-Fri here. I will map out the fitness activities I plan to do each day, along with a meal plan for dinners. I tend to use my dinner leftovers for lunch the next day, so that works for me. Going through this process should help set me up for success for the week. I think that focusing on just one week at a time is a great timeframe - it will allow me to stay realistic about other commitments I have going on that might emerge as barriers and it also coincides with things like grocery shopping! So, here we go....
I run with my friend every Mon/Thurs/Sat. I am committing to strength training this week via the 30 Day Shred DVD.
M: Run (5min warmup, 5min intervals x 5, 5min cool down & stretch)
T: Biking 30min
W: 30 Day Shred, 60min Hike with the dog
F: 30 Day Shred, 60min Hike with the dog
M: Biscuit-topped beef stew (it's healthier than it sounds, promise!)
T: Szechuan tofu stir fry with brown rice
W: Balsamic glazed chicken breast, spaghetti squash & salad
R: Ravioli w/ salad
This weekly menu post will also give YOU the opportunity to make a recipe request. If you see something that piques your interest, just let me know in the comments and I will try to incorporate it into my Tasty Tuesdays recipe post. ;)
- A dear friend lost her mother to lung cancer on the weekend and I will be attending the visitation on Tuesday night. I plan to get in a quick bike ride as soon as I get home from work and promise to appreciate life along the way!
- Half my teammates at work are on vacation this week, so there is potential for unexpected workload. If necessary I'll go in to the office early to protect my evening workouts.
Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. - Dennis Wholey