October I went unprocessed and it rocked – I made delicious overnight oats with the help of Bob’s Red Mill Oats and this recipe. I feel back in love with couscous and quinoa (two things I avoided during my gluten-free experiment). But, I got lazy. I stopped doing Sunday food prep (which was one of the keys to my successful summer). I resorted to buying a lot of salads and soups (which is fine, but you’re not in control of what you eat unless you make it). So for November I am focusing on two things:
- Planning. Planning. Planning.
- Logging 25 cardio hours and 10 strength hours this month
So what do these goals look like?
First – Planning to succeed means Sunday Food Prep *every* week in November – no excuses. I have no travel until December so this is a good time to focus on this! It also means planning my workouts and sticking to them. I am the QUEEN of lofty goals and poor execution. Queen. Lastly it means sticking with a calorie plan/sleep plan each day. I have been great about eating my assigned calorie number….however I’m eating WAY too late at night and not getting nearly enough sleep. I am not just the queen of lofty plans but also of procrastination. So, I work until 5/6 most days and don’t get everything I need done because I’m chatting/spending time poorly on projects that don’t require the level of effort I’m putting in…then I go exercise for an hour, come home and have dinner around 7/7:30 (which is fine – except for what happens NEXT). Next I end up working 2-3 hours on things I should have finished during the day – then I have house things to do (dishes, lunch packing, picking out clothes) and of course I need to catch up on my favorite shows (“The Blacklist”, “Top Chef”, “Hostages” and “Criminal Minds”) which I do while munching on a snack….and pretty soon it is 12am/1am and I’m just THINKING about sleep. This means I end up in bed and actually asleep by 2am – then up at 6:30/7 to start my day. It’s not working. I’m tired, I’m cranky and frankly I’m plateauing in my weight-loss when I should be excelling. How can I fix this?
A few thoughts;
Plan breakfast options, lunch options and make them easy to grab before work (overnight oats, Samantha salads, leftovers – whatever!).
During work – limit “chatting” to 15 mins and include a walk or water break – sometimes these visits are project related so they are beneficial, they just need to be structured.
Finish as much of work AT work as possible – take home needs to be minimal. If I could prioritize my day better I KNOW I could do this.
At dinner – include more protein and more water so I feel more full. I’m a big veggie fan so I have that covered!
After dinner – No snacking after 8:30/9pm. One hour after dinner. Brush my teeth and be DONE.
Set a bedtime alarm. I used to do this….then I stopped. New bedtime alarm will be for 11:11 (my favorite number) – by this time I need to have my teeth brushed and be wrapping up whatever I’m doing to be in bed by 11:30.
These all seem doable right? You guys do these things without thinking about them I bet! 🙂
Now for the second goal:Reach 35 hours of logged exercise by November 30th!
I’ve been slipping slowly into the cold weather slump. Gotta snap outta it ASAP! How can I hit the magic 35? Let’s add it up:
Sunday: Zumba – 1 hr cardio (class with Stef)
Monday: Zumba – 1 hr cardio (class with Stef)
Tuesday: Zumba – 1 hr cardio + barre class – 1 hour of strength (classes with Danielle)
Wednesday: Zumba – 1 hr cardio (class with Kerri) or Legs class – 1 hour of strength (class with Ali)
Thursday: Zumba – 1 hr cardio + 1 hour Pilates (at home workouts)
Friday: Zumba or Piloxing or Pound – 1 hr cardio (at home or at Studio Poise workouts – TBD)
Saturday: Circuits – 1 hour of strength OR Zumba Toning – 30 mins cardio/30 mins strength (at YMCA or at Studio Poise workouts – TBD)
This roughly gives me 28 hours of cardio and 8 hours of strengthening this month – that ROCKS!
It’s lofty – I’m not going to lie — it leaves 0 “slack” days….but here’s what I know about myself: When I start my week with Zumba I feel awesome and I am MUCH more likely to stick to workouts for the rest of the week. When I slack on my weekends I feel awful for the week and stiff as a board – and I end up off-track all week. So, go big or go home!
So there you have it – my two detailed goals for November – wish me luck!!
I always say I want to try a ToneItUp or Blogilates calendar challenge – but I always end up traveling during the month and then I’m all thrown off! Maybe in 2014 that will be a goal.
What are you tackling this month??