Happy Monday! I am a morning person. Are you? I don't work a traditional 9 to 5 and therefore don't have to be up at a certain time each morning. But today I had an early AM commitment and was in the shower by 6:20. It felt good.
I fully intended to post on Friday, but my boyfriend worked from home in the morning so we could spend a little time together and I ignored my computer. My schedule has been pretty erratic lately, and I love a good, cozy morning at home. I don't remember what I intended to write about so it couldn't have been all that great.
I'm always ready to welcome Monday with open arms, and this week is no different. We had a serious health scare in my family this weekend and it shook me to my core. My first thought was, "I cannot go through this again." Before 2014 I never gave this sentiment much thought, but you know how it's been said that how you spend your birthday is how you'll spend the rest of your year? Well, I was at a funeral on mine. Two and a half months later, my mom died.
I digress. I'm happy to report that all is well and everyone is healthy again. Thank goodness.
Another reason I am ready for a clean slate is because I have been all over the place in terms of food and fitness. My life has changed immensely in the past six months, and while I've tried to maintain a mostly healthy diet and to stick to a schedule of 5-6 workouts a week... I still find myself feeling... BLAH. Which I'm sure is to be expected, given the circumstances.
But the truth is that I could certainly afford to shake things up a bit! I just have to figure out HOW.
Whenever I need a kick in the pants health-wise, I do a few things:
1) I write down everything I eat. I usually use My Fitness Pal for this, and I've also been journaling about my overall health through school.
2) I dine out less and eat in more. This makes restaurant meals feel more special, and it also helps me to feel in charge. I'm a bit of a control freak. The above photo was yesterday's lunch. (Probably today's, too!)
3) I make a workout plan. I'll make a calendar of workouts for the following month. A typical week usually consists of a handful of classes and one or two trips to my gym. Currently, I'm considering changing gyms. The one I go to now is equipment only - no classes. The truth is that I really need the class structure. When I go to the gym now, I don't get all that much done. And while I'm inspired by many of the do-this-at-the-gym workouts I see fitness bloggers post, or the ones I read about in magazines, I lack the finesse to accomplish these in real life. I have a terrible memory so I'd never be able to memorize 'em and I'd feel awkward printing them out to use as "cheat sheets." Anyone else feel this way?
4) I get into bed earlier at night.
How do you stay motivated?