Morning all you wonderful people! I’m happy to bring another wonderful guest post to you. This one comes from Kimberly at the blog Work It Out, Gurl. In keeping with yesterday’s theme of sticking with the goals we have, Kimberly gives some great tips on how simply using a planner makes a difference. Writing it down = extra motivation!! At least I know it does for me. What about you? Read on!
Staying motivated past January 31st is always a task every year. If you are anything like me, you think about your goals all of December (and because you may not have completed all of your goals from the previous year, you need to make THIS year’s goals even better). I am a die-hard paper planner user. I literally write every aspect of my life in my monthly planner. If I were to drop it on the street, a stranger would be able to follow my schedule perfectly. So I was thinking, why can’t I apply this to my fitness and weight loss goals? In order to apply my planner skills to achieve my fitness and weight loss goals, I have come up with a few quick steps.
1. Pick out a planner that you LOVE. I read this post from Everyday Polish about how to get the most out of your 2013 calendar, and it is on target! If you don’t love the planner that you pick out, you will not want to use it.
2. Set dates for when you would like to meet some of your mini goals. Maybe in 1 month you want to be able to complete 5 regular push-ups and in 2 months you want to be down 10lbs. Write these mini goals down in your planner so you see them every day. Just seeing the goal every time you open your planner will remind you to keep working toward the goal.
3. Write in your workouts. I know you have probably heard this before, but scheduling your workouts just like a doctor’s appointment is helpful when you are working towards meeting your fitness and weight loss goals. My rule of thumb is that I try to work out more days during the week than not, so I schedule in 4 workouts each week. I prefer morning workouts, but you would need to schedule your workouts at times when you know you are a) available and b) when you will actually workout. For example, if you know when you get home at 6:30pm and you must make dinner and feed your family, having a 8:30pm workout on your schedule may not work for you. Schedule your workout at a time you will stick to it.
4. Schedule a time to grocery shop and make a list. More than half of the battle of getting healthy is the nutrition part, so you need to make time for grocery shopping. Making a list in your planner is also helpful so you can look back at what you purchase, and you know you will always have it handy throughout the week when you remember that you need that extra container of almond butter.
5. STICK TO IT! A planner is never useful if you don’t stick to your plan. And it is even less useful if you don’t refer to it daily and make sure you carry it with you.
Kimberly Whittaker is the Founder of Work It Out, Gurl and a FitFluential Ambassador. She an ambitious higher education professional, career woman, fitness enthusiast, wife and full time graduate student who finds solace dreams of living better.