Even though it’s already the middle of April, with BodyPower UK only 4 weeks away and a disconcerting feeling that I am letting a lot of little things slide. I’m taking a moment to recommit to my goals and set some new intentions.
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.
Going back through my workout planner I realised it must have been at least 6 weeks since I last did a high intensity cardio session. I’ve explained before that if I’m pushed for time my HIIT is the workout that I will for go. Well, as it turns out, I’ve just been letting it go regardless of time or agenda. So I’m going to make a real effort to do a Saturday morning 15 min HIIT session every week. And focus on re instating it as permanent part of my workout routine again.
In the whole of last year I’ve never meal prepped. I’ve had the luxury of being a stay at home mum, so I have relied on well stocked cupboards and the fact that I have the freedom to make and eat what I want whenever I want it. However although I make good food choices most of the time, since Christmas I feel like my effort to make enough meals has slipped. Many lunches have been forgotten so mindless snacking has increased. My normal balanced weeks have turned into a mish mash of a good day, followed by a bad day (either eating too little or way too much.)
For the next 4 weeks I’m going to commit to doing simple meal prep on Sunday. I will be using frozen 100% chicken breasts, frozen broccoli and quinoa for the prep and then I can add in any fresh veggies like tomatoes or cucumber on the day.
I’m still not convinced that meal prepping is for me, but I’m willing to give it a good go in order to get grip on my food intake and re-balance my day to day eating.
After experiencing some headaches and feeling terribly lethargic from being dehydrated, I’m going to try and up my general (non workout related) water intake.
If I’m working out I drink an ocean but I discovered that if I’m on a rest day a break or even just a LISS day, I can sometime forget to fill my water bottle altogether. I normally drink 1 litre of water per day (not including workout water.) I’m going to try and mindfully increase this to two litres per day. The ways that work best for me when I’m trying to consciously up my water intake are;
- To keep a small glass by the kitchen sink so that every time I go to the kitchen I literally drink a cup full, down in one. I cant sip tap water out of a glass so I have to take it like shot and get it over and one with quick.
- To set an hourly alarm on my phone to encourage me to sip my water bottle every hour. (although this is annoying it does jolt me out of my absentmindedness like nothing else)
- To keep small ready made water bottles in my fridge. So when its meal time and I realise I have left my water bottle upstairs or in a different room I can just grab an extra bottle out of the fridge. Don’t ask why I wouldn’t just fill up a glass from the tap to have with my meal…, I just wouldn’t. I don’t know what it is? I just like my water ice cold and out of a bottle. ( unless I’m downing a shot of it on the go of course)
At the moment I currently only drink protein after a resistance of HIIT session. After educating myself a little bit more on protein supplements, what they do and how they should be used (you can read all about protein here) I am going to start drinking a protein shake every day, regardless of whether or not I have worked out. I’m hoping this will help even more with muscle growth and repair and combined with all my other April efforts will see me feeling and looking my best for the BodyPower event in May.
Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it. – Michael Friedsam
I’m going to start all of this from Monday and I’d love it if any of you want to join in on any of these with me. It’s always easier to stick to new goals when you have your squad with you every step of the way. I’ll blog, snap and instagram my efforts and we can see what 4 weeks of mindfulness, consistency and commitment can generate.