Isn’t there something said about the best laid plans? My friend Erin (Check her out at: Almost Fit) and I have been talking for weeks now about starting a bit of an accountability challenge for ourselves. Not only will we be focusing on making healthier choices, but we are committing to writing about it on our respective blogs. Erin jumped in with both feet and has already published a few really great posts on her background, her plan, and even a peek at her meals for the week!
I…am scrambling here on June 1st to bang this post out and hit ‘Publish’ before the day is over. To be fair, I unexpectedly got sick yesterday and was out of commission all day, but besides that, it should come as no surprise to any of you that my biggest goal is to plan more and plan better.
There is just something about a list that keeps me (mostly) on track. I have definitely been guilty of moving things to a different day and pretending like I planned it that way, but for the most part, I am leaps and bounds more productive if I’ve written down a plan of what I hope to accomplish in a day. This works best when I set aside a few minutes at night to make up a list for the next day. Mornings are way too crazy for me. I mean, can waking up at 4am ever be called anything other than crazy? So I don’t have time to plan out a day. Knowing it’s been done ahead of time is one less thing to worry about so that is one goal I have: Write out a plan for my day every night.
Tagging along with the idea of a daily to do list is going to be my self care routines. I am embarrassed to admit just how often and how fast my self care goes out the window (Yes, even hygiene. I know, I know: you’re not thinking anything I don’t already think so just save it). Part of this absolutely falls into line with my never creating daily routines before now, and did I mention my crazy mornings? How about the fact that I work two different jobs, one first shift and one third shift? Yeah. Some mornings I get up at 4am, some I’m getting out of work at 7am and going to bed.
This has become my excuse for the past almost five years, and until I get some amazing new job, I have to live with it the best I can. One way I can make life better for myself is to not focus so much on planning the when, but planning the what. The month of June is going to be spent developing and putting into practice some bedtime and wake up routines, so that no matter if I’m going to bed at 8am or 8pm, I know what needs to get done before my head hits that pillow. I’ve pretty much streamlined my 4am schedule but it could definitely be tweaked and I need some alternative options for when I do have more time to devote to a wake up routine.
So, goal two: Establish wake up and bedtime routines along with alternates for off days.
Finally (because let’s be real: a complete overhaul is going to overwhelm me and derail me before I even buy my ticket), I’ve got some baselines I want to establish in terms of healthy habits. I’ve owned a Fitbit Charge HR for just over a year now, and I have noticed significant changes in my fitness levels. Part of this is because I’m fairly competitive, but I also just want that daily satisfaction of meeting a goal. I still hit my goal most days, but I have noticed a bit of laziness creep up lately that I need to stop. As well as this, I know a key part of my healthier choices will be to drink more water. I know I’m not getting adequate amounts of water on a daily basis, so that needs to change. Goals: Drink more water and consistently meet my step goal.
Once I get these first few goals established, I’ll look to expand into other areas such as increasing my fitness as well as progressing to healthier eating initiatives. Now, before I sign off, if you’re anything like me, you’re sitting there thinking, “What does any of this have to do with Nashville?” and, “What good are goals without rewards?” Both excellent points! J You see, Erin is a fairly new friend of mine and she lives all the way in New York City. We met through that wonderful group I’ve been talking your ear off about recently. Remember them? Well, Erin is one of them, and an absolute sweetheart. When I mentioned living in Grand Rapids on our group, she introduced me to a friend of hers that had just moved here. Anna and I hit it off, and you will most likely get bombarded by photos and posts of some of our adventures in Grand Rapids.
Erin and Anna have been wanting to go to Nashville, TN for a while now and I pretty much invited myself along! It’s a road trip. It’s Nashville. It’s also a chance to meet Erin in person!! October seems like forever away, so we’re keeping ourselves busy by making healthier choices and setting ourselves up for an amazing reward of partying in Nashville. When you’re making life changing goals, an epic trip is the only appropriate reward. So! Follow me here as I hash out some more details and starting working my plans, and hop on over to Erin’s blog and Instagram to see her progress and some of the amazing healthy meals she’s cooking up!