Since August 2014 I have been Freelance writing for Serendipity New York, a Brooklyn-based women’s lifestyle website. Just like on this blog I try to show the readers of Serendipity NY that Fitness can be both manageable and fun! So, over the course of the next few days I wanted to share with all of you some of those articles. Hope you enjoy!
“Creating Your Fit Plan”
I used to tell myself I would start working out and eat healthier. I carried around a Composition notebook until it became tattered and torn, writing down everything I ate and all of my goals. If I fell off I would immediately revise my start date. I was in an endless cycle of wanting but not getting. Since then I have learned goals are about tunnel vision: you have to get as specific as possible and zero in.
What does that mean?
Well, I no longer for example say “I want to start working out.” Instead, my goals look something like this:
I will workout 5-6 days a week (Mon-Sat, with a rest day on Sun).
I will do Cardio 3-4 days a week for 45-60 minutes at a time. (Mon, Thurs, Sat)
I will lift weights 4-5 days a week for 30-45 minutes at a time. (Mon: Legs, Tues: Back/Arms, Wed: Full Body Conditioning, Thurs: Legs, Fri: Shoulders/Chest)
What I have done here is created a plan. I have outlined the number of days I want to workout, what I want to do during those workouts, when I will be doing each workout and for how long. The only thing left is setting a time for my workouts and fleshing out what exercises I will be doing on each lifting day.
I do this with every aspect of my fitness life because I feel it is what keeps me most accountable and on track. For example, every week I create a nutrition plan with what I plan to eat at a given day and time. First, this helps me create a grocery list for the coming week. Next, I am not scrambling to think of what I should cook (and/or when I should eat my leftovers!). Third, it gives me a chance to think about my schedule for the coming day and plan my meals accordingly. In this way I give myself little room for error– and all that room for success!
So, when you’re faced with tackling a goal turn into a clear cut plan. That way when you go back to revisit your goals, you have an idea of whether or not you have to tweak a small piece or the entire puzzle.