“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
We’re already into February, can you believe it!? We know you are busy with work, family and friends and that is why it’s important to plan ahead, prioritize and not let a healthy lifestyle get pushed to the back burner. Planning ahead will help to keep you accountable and continue your progress to meet your goals.
What’s the easiest way to plan ahead? Use a calendar! That can be either electronically or a hard copy. Write down when you’re going to exercise, track your rest days and other notes and reminders. If you already use a calendar write down the type of exercise for each day.
Remember those goals you wrote down last week and posted somewhere in your home? Write those short-term goals on your calendar in a side bar of each week and your long-term goal somewhere else on your calendar. For example, this calendar shows a section of the calendar dedicated to goals.
Planning ahead will save you time, money and stress. It also will allow you to stay focused and most importantly enjoy every moment. You won’t have to spend time thinking about what else you could or should be doing while watching your child’s game or enjoying your weekly TV show.
Sit down on the weekend and plan out the meals to eat everyday that week. If you know you have a busy week ahead of you (thanks to your monthly calendar, you should!) go grocery shopping and start to prepare the meals Sunday night. Prepare meals Sunday night, have them cooked and ready to grab each morning for lunch or ready for dinner when you come home. Do you have a work trip coming up? Find restaurants near your hotel or on the drive there that offer healthier options before you leave home.
By planning ahead for each week you will maximize your potential gains and improvements from the 10 Week Challenge as well as your healthier lifestyle. Check out our Pinterest page (Live Healthy Iowa) for easy, healthy recipes!
Note: If you forget to record activity minutes you can go back up to two weeks to enter your exercise. However it is best to track immediately after for the accurate information for yourself and your team.