After the first week this journey got challenging. I’m a little perturbed that the honeymoon period was over so quickly! I haven’t had time to write – I’ve taken on a bunch of new PT clients and I’ve been crazy busy as a result.
I have realised I can’t throw myself into this all or nothing, because with my mental lifestyle it simply won’t be sustainable. I’ve come up with a list of bad habits I need to kill, and good habits I want to work on that will ultimately help me reach my goal.
Habits I need to kick:
1. Buying food and drinks on the go. I have an awful habit of buying something to eat or drink (sometimes both) whenever I’m out. I’m out of the house a lot. I’m pretty sure that I’m consuming way more calories (not to mention protein) than necessary. If I kick this habit I’ll be saving money and I think it will make a significant difference to reaching my goals.
2. Not going to bed at a decent time. I don’t know if it’s a mum thing, but I am terrible at going to bed! When I get home and the girls have gone to bed, it doesn’t matter how tired I am (like now – I feel like my eyeballs are practically hanging out of my head!), I seem to force myself to stay up. Sleep is super important for stress management, recovery and a whole host of other things. My lack of sleep is not going to be helping my fat loss efforts!
Habits I am going to work on:
1. Drinking more water. I have never been a water drinker. Plain and simple, I don’t like it. Of course, I still need to drink it! When I got my best results I was drinking 3L of water per day. I’m nowhere near that these days, partly because if there’s a choice I’ll always reach for a coffee instead.
2. Preparing my meals. If you fail to plan you plan to fail. I need to remember this, and the take it a step further and pre-prepare as many meals as possible for the week. I am dreadful at sticking to a food plan, so this week I’m trying to simplify it as much as possible. I have frozen veg in the freezer and I’m going to pre-cook some other veg and rice so there’s no excuse.
3. Consistency. This has always been a downfall for me since I gave up equestrian. When I was competitive in dressage I was so consistent that anyone who knew me could say where I would be, when I would be there and what I’d be doing. That was my passion, it was easy to be consistent, but I lost that passion a long time ago (it’s still in there, but I can’t afford to ride, let alone own a horse, train seriously and compete). I need to find it. This month I’m going to work on consistency. Consistent eating habits, consistent protein intake and consistency in my training.
Next month I will pick some new things to work on, but one step at a time. Little changes add up to big results!