How to set yourself up for a FAB week!

To me, Monday sparks the start of a new week and a clean slate. Whoever says “I’ll start that diet on Wednesday?” No one! See my point?

If I am going to do some badness, I like to save it for the weekend. It gives me something to look forward to! And by ‘badness’ I mean a treat meal or something a little naughty. Something that I wouldn’t normally eat during the week – like a container of icing. Just kidding – I am so NOT kidding! Moving on… In my mind, if I keep the week clean I have some wiggle room for the weekend. Hopefully I have worked hard during the week and eaten clean. I try not to drink alcohol during the week and save it for the weekend. I am quite partial to a gin & tonic or a glass or two of wine. Cheers to the weekend!

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A few things that I do to help set myself up for a successful week include the following:-

  1. Meal Plan (usually we only eat meat once or twice a week) – I literally write Monday through to Sunday on a piece of paper and start filling in meal ideas that we might like. If I see something I like, I write it down for the following week so I always have a list of potential ideas. Sometimes it comes easy, others it is like waiting to win the lottery (which I totally plan on doing this year!). I also think ahead and block out 1 night that we can plan a treat meal for. Or, if we have dinner plans with friends. It all gets included in the plan!
  2. Make a grocery list – I will go through the week of meals and write down items that we will need. Then I go through the cupboards, freezer and fridge. Not only does it cut back on waste, it also avoids a potential domestic with my husband for wasting food and money 🙂
  3. Plan fitness for the week – How many times do I want to run during the week? Am I training for a race? Is the weather supposed to be nice for the week? If so, I will plan to bike in to work, a good 25 minute ride. Yikes! Do we have anything active planned for the weekend? With the nicer weather finally happening I love to be outside as much as possible.

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I also do meal prep for our puppy Buster Boo. Say what? Yep! We like for Buster to eat well too. It shows in his overall being when he is eating healthy. We like to prep a few bits to keep on hand for him. It makes feeding him in the mornings and evening so much easier when we can just pull out the containers out of the fridge. If we are doing a BBQ he always gets a little bit of meat and a bit of sweet potato. We also make an effort to take him to the dog park a couple of times a week. I honestly don’t know who enjoys that more – Buster or us? We love to watch him charge around and play with his friends. It is important for him to be able to socialize as well. A tired puppy is a happy puppy!

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Do I always stick to my plan? Of course not. I am HUMAN! Sometimes all it takes is for me to see a TV ad with something yummy in it and I no longer want what I planned for dinner. It happens! But I don’t beat myself up for it. I strive for balance. I also believe that there is always tomorrow to get back on board and try again.

I try to set my mind and focus on a good week. To me a Monday is kind of like New Year’s Day. It is full of hope and potential. A lot of people do not like Monday but it represents a fresh start to me – a chance to shape & create an amazing week.

What do you do to set yourself up for a healthy week?

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If a tree falls in the forest…

Oh that proverbial tree! This is a post that I have had in my head for a few weeks now. I guess you can say that in my head I have been drafting it! I want to compare ‘the tree in the forest’ to workouts, clean eating and results. If we workout and eat healthy but do not see a result on the scale, does it still count?

One of my fears of moving to Whistler, BC has been putting those dreaded winter pounds. Yikes! It makes sense that it happens. We are less active and on a cold winter evening the thought of cuddling up on the couch with something yummy is quite appealing. Appealing, until the next morning when we get on the scales and see what our ‘badness’ from the night before has done to our progress. Oh no! “I swear I will be good today!” Only to repeat such badness the following night!

As we get older, it takes forever for our hard work to show results. But…it only takes a few moments of weakness to gain it all back and then some. I remember when I was in my twenties I used to eat three chocolate bars a day! Yes, 3, you read that right! As the years go by our metabolism starts to slow down and the weight starts to slowly creep on. I am a firm believer in nothing happens over night. You don’t put it on over night and you certainly won’t take it off over night. If you do, more power to you! P.S. I secretly hate you and your ridiculous speed of light metabolism!

We should exercise and eat clean because it makes us feel better. But most of us (my hand has just gone up!) do it for the potential results. When we don’t start to see them we get frustrated and give up before the first week is even over. Or, think “screw it, I am going to treat myself because I am having a bad day”. For me there are many reasons that I exercise. When I first started running, I noticed that I stopped getting headaches. I sleep so much better when I have exercised and had some fresh air. I love the way I feel after an early morning run, it starts my day off on a great note – the world just seems to be a better place! I feel like if I have exercised well that week, I can justify my treat meal that I have planned for that week.

I feel better when I am eating clean. When I was in my 20’s I saw a nutritionist who got me on track with healthy eating. After sticking to the plan for a while, I really noticed when I strayed and didn’t eat well. Now I am so used to eating healthy that when I don’t I really feel sluggish. To me, that is reason enough to stick with it. I have to be careful with my choices when I eat out as it can sometimes result with a late night session of acid reflux. That is no fun feeling like death warmed up and not being able to sleep – such a waste of a good night sleep. I am a girl who is all about my sleep and I do not like to miss out on a night of zzz’s.

Once I weigh out all of the above reasons of why I choose the lifestyle that I do, results aren’t everything! And yes, I do have a pair of jeans in the back of my closet from way back when that I would like to rock again one day! It’s important to listen to your body and find out how it is truly feeling. So to go back to the start of my post and that proverbial tree in the forest, I do believe that it does make a sound if no one is around to hear it. Baby steps are way more important than waking up the whole forest at once.