Monday, February 20, 2012

Plan of Action

I talked in my last post about weekly food prep.  While food prep is a large part of my overall 'success equation,' it's not the only thing I do to ensure I am set up for a successful week.  I have to write down my exercise/training schedule!

I'm a visual learner and having it written out on paper helps hold me accountable.  I love Post-It notes because they are compact, STICKY and portable (cue Romy and Michelle!)   You can carry them with you or you can stick them up in a conspicuous spot.  

After I plan out my food for the week I sit down and evaluate what my exercise goals are.  I take out my calendar and look at what we have going on for the week.  "Am I better suited to workout in the morning on Tuesday/Thursday because we have things going on at night on those days?? When will Curtis be working out?? How long is the workout and can I fit it in before picking up the kids after work??" These questions help me organize what will happen on what days.  While some people are 6 day-a-week morning exercisers, I'm finding that easing into it really works.  2-3 morning workouts are what we shoot for right now. 

Next, I contemplate when I will fit a yoga class into my week.  We are members at our local yoga hothouse and I try and get over there at least once a week.  I ask myself, "What day will work best? Will Curtis join me?" Easy enough.  I find the day that works. Today was that day for us. We both had the day off and the availability of our daycare sitter.  So, the kids went to her house and we went to yoga!

This week I'm incorporating some running.  This is my first week of training for the Fifth Third River Bank Run 5k. I have never run a race before, so I figured I better get started early! I've decided to start Couch 2 5k again.  When I left off here in April 2010 I was just completing the program so I'm excited to get started again.

The third component of my plan is Les Mills Pump.  I've been doing the Beachbody programs in single rotation and hybrids since August 1st (Starting with ChaLEAN Extreme, then moving onto Turbo Fire/ChaLEAN and now Pump) Working out in the comfort of my home works for me.  I can get the exercise in while my kids are napping or while they are running around my feet! Sometimes my 3 year old even joins in on the sweat party! 

When I heard that Body Pump from the gym would be available as an in-home program, I jumped at it! I'm in week 7 right now and seeing some really great results.  I am proof that Beachbody's programs WORK! It's one of the reasons I've decided to become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.  I know firsthand how this company is changing lives and ending the trend of obesity!

Now there you have it! My plan for the week all written out on one small, but powerful little piece of paper.  It's currently on the front of the refrigerator as a constant reminder of the goals I am trying to obtain.

Is there anything you do on weekly basis to set yourself up for a successful week? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

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