I am trying to be purposeful with my sleep schedule, but I must admit I am failing miserably.
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My life does not have a perfectly routine pattern, so it is very difficult to
hit the sack at a specific time each night. I know it is vitally important to my health, metabolism/weight loss, and fitness, but life happens. *sigh*
For now, since I can’t go to bed at the same time every night, I am decidedly waking up at an hour based on when I went to sleep. I can’t just drop everything in my life just so that I can get good sleep for my fitness sake. I would if fitness was my career. But I will certainly hold to the understanding that sleep is important for my health. Be purposeful in getting good sleep.
Make time for sleep. Be purposeful! 🙂
Priorities! You have a hundred and one responsibilities including your fitness goals, but when push comes to shove, something’s gotta give and it should NOT be your health/well-being. If you stretch yourself thin and overdue it, you could be doing counter-productive work towards your fitness goals. Sometimes, your trip to the gym will have to be skipped in order to get more sleep and not wear yourself down till your immune system calls it quits.
What Not to Quit:
Your impeccable meal plans. Whatever you do, do not compromise. Key phrase: “Plan ahead”. Write that on the chalk board 100 times for me. We tend to compromise when we are in a rush, short on time, short on groceries. The key is to not let yourself fall into those situations by planning ahead. I jot grocery things down as I think of them, but Sunday is my meal planning day. It’s when I decided if I need to bake lunch the night before or if I need to allot time in the morning to prepare it. Sunday is when I grocery shop for all my breakfasts, snack-meals, lunches, dinners. Once you find your groove, this is SO EASY. If you need meal plan ideas, check out Fitness RX magazine (men or women’s) or Muscle and Fitness magazine (His or Hers) OR check check out my “Diet” page on here 🙂 I will often post our meal plans.
While busy, stay healthy!
I love to cook. No, I don’t think you really understand…I LOVE to cook. And I cook all the time. I cook twice a day to make the 5 meals I eat. Love it. Because I am in the kitchen a lot, when I DO eat out, I see [almost] everything. I see the oil they basted the grilled salmon in, I see the nutrient-empty, over-steamed broccoli florets, I see the butter in my brown rice….I see fitness-ambushers! Haha! Don’t get me wrong, I have my occasional outings when I indulge in green tea ice cream, or garlic mashed potatoes, or white pasta in garlic lemon cream sauce. My husband and I are less likely to go out to eat, because you really cannot get the same level of nutrient packed foods at a restaurant. You have to remember that they are stocking and cooking for the masses. They have to do what it takes to prepare great tasting food, their job is not to make sure you are staying on fitness track (that’s your job 🙂 ).
So, just because it is a healthy option does not necessarily make it healthy, it’s just healthier. I encourage everyone to cook at home! It is hard to get in the habit of assuming you will cook (and get over the idea that it is a chore) and you WILL STILL have lazy days where you just need to order to-go, but all-in-all, you can be healthier and leaner if you are controlling your ingredients. Try something new! Eat at home tonight!
My favorite to-go item: Pei-Wei Thai salad rolls
My favorite cheat food: 80% Cacao chocolate
My devil-may-come food: pizza
The best time to weigh yourself is…the same time every time.You will be able to accurately monitor your weight fluctuations if you give consistent data. So if you weigh yourself naked,
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weigh naked every time.
TIP: You are typically a couple pounds lighter in the morning due to water. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning.
TIP: Do NOT weigh yourself as a form of measurement, but merely as an added monitoring tool as you get to know your body.
TIP: If weighing yourself causes you frustration, STOP. Weighing yourself is no longer beneficial.