There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Finding what works for you is going to be trial and error, and it's going to be different for everyone. You need to be willing to try different things and be prepared to find or seek a professional opinion when necessary to help you get that bank of information to push you even closer to your goals. We all want to be happy, we all want to be fit, we all want to be healthy, but we also need to have an awareness of what's happening to our bodies and what exactly we are doing to our bodies. This may require visiting your GP or other healthcare practitioners as we need to make sure we're doing the right thing and we're doing it most safely and effectively.
You've got your motivation, you're ready to go, you've done some research, you know what your goals are going to be, and you have a good idea as to how you're going to get there. What you need to do now is prepare! There's the saying that “Failing to plan is planning to fail”, and it couldn’t be truer. Your preparation is key. You don't have to prep every single meal, you don't have to lay out everything on a bench, but you do need to have a really good idea about what your week is going to look like. I’ll sit down at like 2 p.m. on a Sunday and ensure that everything is planned for the week. I’ll sit down with a calendar and I'll look at what I’ve got on that week. What events do I have coming up? Am I going to be working overtime? Have I agreed to any family dinners or friendship commitments? I write it all down on my calendar. Then I'm going to look at where I am in my fitness planning. Where am I on my journey to accessing that fitter, healthier me? And what can I do this week to make sure that I am accelerating and moving towards those goals?
Ensuring I eat healthily is very important for me. And what helps me most is being prepared in advance so that the healthy options are convenient and I’m not tempted to reach for the takeaway or a quick unhealthy snack. Before I go shopping, I'll sit down and I'll work out what I want to eat that week. At the grocery store, I'll get all the ingredients I need for the week. Then what I like to do, because I like to cook fresh, I’ll chop up all of my veggies and put them into different containers. That way I can get home from work in the afternoon, all I need to do is to open up a container, take a handful of carrots and throw it in the pot, then take a handful of broccoli and throw it in the pot. It's super convenient – and convenience is so important, especially after a big day at work. If you do spend that little bit of time on a Sunday prepping out your meals, you can ensure that you have everything on hand you need to make a nutritious meal each night, healthy lunches to take to work, and healthy breakfasts to start each day.
If I know that I'm going to have a busy week and I won't have time to cook breakfast every morning, I’ll even sit down and I'll chop up a carrot, an onion, capsicum, some spinach, and some mushrooms, then I'll portion them out into 5 different zip-lock bags. Then in the morning, all I need to do is open up a zip-lock bag, empty it into a frying pan, add your eggs, and in no time you’ve got a healthy omelette for breakfast. And it’s all because you've sat down, you’ve planned out your week and you've prepared for the fact that you’re going to have a limited time in the morning.
Not only do I try to plan out my nutrition, but I also do that with my fitness. So, I’ll book into classes for the week, plus I’ll work out what my workout buddies are doing and schedule in gym dates with them. Surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals is also a really important thing. Find yourself a good workout buddy, ditch that drinking partner, and surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable to the fitness plans you are making for the week.
In summary, this blog was all about getting ready to rumble and finding that intrinsic motivation. It’s about making sure you are truly committed to making changes in your life, but then also doing your research, planning and preparing so that your approach to the week is going to be flawless. Fit, happy, and healthy doesn’t happen by accident, it happens because you make it happen!