First off I really was just SO excited to wake up in MY bed this morning! It feels SO good to be home and I even though I woke up at 3:30am (jet lag from traveling) I knew that it was time TO GET MY SH*T TOGETHER.
After traveling the last 2+ weeks and being out of my "normal" routine and structure I will be the first to admit my fitness has taken the back seat. I feel uncomfortable, I feel out of it and I just don’t feel myself. I don't like it. BUT I do know that I have what it takes to implement changes to get where I want to be so that's the good news! I crave routine, I crave structure and I am ready!
The holidays are great for so many reasons and can be a welcomed break to spend time with family, enjoy indulgent foods and just be in chill mode. There is nothing wrong with all those things because they are just part of life and just needed at times.
If you partook in holiday festivities, ate more than normal, hit snooze, weren't as active, went out to eat etc.. (you get it) the last couple weeks, you may have got the feeling somewhere along the way that went from "this feels good" to... "yeah, I don't feel good anymore".
We just know it when we feel it.
Am I right?
The upside of getting those feelings is that just as quickly as they came, they can change. Part of getting your shit together is figuring out what you should focus your energy on and what you should let go of.
I thought I would share a list of things that I find helpful in my process of feeling good and getting my sh*t together. If you are feeling like you are in a place that you also want to get your sh*t together then hopefully you can implement some of these tips and tricks.
Getting your shit together means:
Taking a deep breath and realizing what’s done is done and that it is time to move forward. The past is in the past and there’s not really anything you can do about it. Onwards and upwards.
I had an epic trip enjoyed the holiday season in Europe! Although my intentions were good, I took resistance bands, my Fitbit had planned to workout, I just didn’t really create the opportunity for myself to. I was incredibly active sight seeing and I did indulge in food, sleep and good times. No regrets but I know it’s time to make changes.
Being honest with yourself about what you really want and making a game plan to go for it.
I want to get sh*t going again, see more definition and lines in my physique, increase my strength and performance which ultimately will make me feel better.
TIME IS A TOOL
Scheduling time to fit the things you need/ want to get done in your week.
Physically writing out a list of things I'd like to get done in the day in a planner. By scheduling specific lifting days with times that work best for my schedule that I can stick to. Hold myself accountable.
Starting small by setting attainable and realistic goals.
Don’t over complicate the goal. Achieving monumental goals starts with achieving small goals repeatedly. Things I can do that are small are waking up in the mornings and walking for at least :30 min on the treadmill to get a jump start on my step goals, eating 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies daily, drinking 1+ gallon water, not eating packaged goods but instead focusing on real food.
DON’T BACKSLIDE, KEEP IT FUN
Not falling back into old habits by keeping your protocols fun, enjoyable and motivating.
Recognizing the situations and circumstances of temptation. I know that getting social with friends could open the door for temptation at least right now while I am trying to get started so keeping social things at a minimum will be good for me. Not having crap in the house to snack on, being selective where/when eating out, going to bed earlier, following a structured program with training that’s consistent.
Staying engaged with improvement by doing other things you enjoy: reading, meditation, stretching, sleep, turning off your phone, saying no
Reading more books, monitoring my time on social media, cooking new/ different things at home, investing more time in other interests I have like drawing, making cards, videography etc…
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
Keeping a positive attitude and understanding it’s going to take some patience and hard work.
We are what we repeatedly do. You didn't get out of shape overnight, so you can't expect to see major changes overnight.
Getting your sh*t together is not about being perfect but instead enacting gradual positive changes in a direction that you know makes you feel good. Direct your actions towards your highest good and adjust and pivot as necessary. You won't always be able to control your environment so there will be bumps in the road, but as long as you're persistent, it will come.
I think we all know that when we focus on ourslves the ripple affects of feeling good go a long way, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Elevating yourself, raising the bar for your potential helps create an energy that makes you want more. The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.
Remember it takes a very small amount of time for everything to start falling into place and building a routine. The things we do everyday matter more than the things we do every once in a while. A little plus a little plus a little equals a lot and suddenly, without warning, you’ve become someone who’s got their sh*t together.