If you fail to plan then you plan to fail

This morning was the start of a 6 week countdown for me. I have 6 weeks left before I finish the Body For Life challenge. I decided to step it up by doing 2-a-day workouts. My plan is to do my weight workouts in the morning with some light cardio, and then kickboxing or boxing class in the evening. It was hard getting up but having an accountability partner made it a little easier. The first giveaway winner, Mrs.Pretty08 and I will communicating daily to keep on track. It wasn't as successful as I wanted but it was all my fault. In order to be successful, you have to plan. Planning is key because it allows you to just flow with very little interruptions. Here are some of my planning tips:

Make a workout plan and write it down. Some people plan for weeks at a time or just a week at a time. Whatever you plan on doing, put it on paper. That way you can schedule around your life, see what works and make adjustments as needed.

Prep for your workouts ahead of time. Each night I put my workout clothes out along with my workout log. I usually have the reps, sets, and weight amount filled out in pencil. I also put a bottle of water in the fridge the night before as well. Every weekened I check my ball and inflate as needed. If I am using a video the next morning, I go ahead and put it in the vcr or dvd player so it is ready for me to hit play. Doing these little things makes it easier when I get up in the morning. All I have to do is get up, brush my teeth, throw on my gear and grap by water and go.

Plan your meals out in advance. On Fridays I plan my meals for the next week. On Saturday I go around the house and see what items I will need and make a shopping list. On Sunday I go shopping and I spend time cooking, and packaging the food. Each night I package all of my meals and the ones I take to work, I put in my bag so I can grab and go in the morning.

Keep healthy snacks everywhere you go. There are those days when I have so much on my mind that I leave without taking my food. I always keep healthy snacks at work to avoid screwing up my metabolism. In the fridge I keep prepackaged protein shakes and lean cuisine meals in the freezer. In my desk I have fiber bars and packages of nuts so I can have something healthy to snack on.

Set a goal and a date to reach it. I have several goals with different dates to reach them. Instead of having a long time out before I can celebrate, I am able to give myself a pat on the back more often which keeps me motivated. For instance one goal I had was to wear a pair of jeans by the end of September. Well this past weekend, I was able to wear them to a birthday party. So now I have another pair that's a size smaller that I am trying to get into before the month is out. I am motivated and encouraged because I know I need to push myself to meet my goal but I also know the time to hit it is not that far out either. Q


90's babi October 15, 2008 at 3:04 PM  

I can never stick to a workout routine. I always plan it out but in the middle of it I'll get bored and stop. This time around I'm going to push myself to not quit.

Motorcycle Fairings October 16, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

i used to try this one, but it doesn't work on me

Queeny20 October 16, 2008 at 5:16 PM  

Motorcycle fairings- I don't know what you are referring to because I posted several tips. Just know YOU have to find what works for YOU. What works for one may not work for others but it is about doing what you need to do to be where you need to be. Take care. Q

MrsIQ October 17, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

You are really dedicated. I think I'm gonna have to kick my workouts up a notch. I've hit a plateau and 30 minutes a day just isn't cutting it.

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