Keeping lifestyle constant through transition is one of the hardest things.

One pattern I’ve noticed over the years is that it is extremely hard to keep up with healthy lifestyle choices when I go through a transition period in my life.

Sometimes I count on the transition as motivation – if I can just make it to the end of school, I will work out and get fit all summer / if I can just make it through the summer I will work out and get fit while I’m at school… I’ve been on both ends, starting off a new chapter with the best of intentions each time.

I’m at a new chapter in my life yet again.  This time I’ve been doing it right.  I’ve been watching my eating, exercising lots, and even losing weight.  Now I’m at another transition.  This time I’m graduating school, moving on from academia for the foreseeable future, and I’m not sure how to incorporate fitness/healthy living into my new routine.  I know that I have to, but I don’t know what that looks like.

So looking forward, I have to remember: fitness right now is a top priority, and there are no excuses for not keeping it up.

Here’s the plan so far:

  • Bike to work at least 3 times per week!  Make exercise part of the commute.  Soon enough it will be routine requiring almost no will power.  My only concern is I’ll be really hungry after the 25km ride (one way) and it’s really hard not to over eat when I’m really hungry!  It also means being intentional about meals and planning ahead for grocery shopping.  Any tips for meal planning?
  • Swim at least once a week!  If I can make time for a 2 hour swim each week and get 5km in the water, I would feel great about that.  I love to swim, and I really want to keep my “in-water” fitness up.
  • Start a strength training program by May 13 (my 24th birthday!).  I’m not sure what this means yet, but maybe I can hit up a core class at my gym, or maybe I’ll get into a weight-lifting schedule, or maybe I’ll do P90X or sign up for Cross Fit or something.  I don’t know yet (suggestions?). But I have to have started by my birthday.

What are your strategies for sticking to the program when your life/routine changes?

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14 thoughts on “Keeping lifestyle constant through transition is one of the hardest things.

  1. Meal planning – I love it, when I do it!

    I go through an make a little schedule for the fortnight (we do a major grocery shop each fortnight, and just top up once a week). Work out what you want for dinner, and try and cook enough that you get left-overs for lunch the next day (so you really only have to worry about cooking once to eat twice). Also write down your snacks that you want.

    Then shop to the ingredients list and only to the list! That way, you cook what you need to, you don’t waste money on buying things you don’t need (or that will get lost in the back of the fridge or simply aren’t ‘good’ foods that you shouldn’t be eating anyway) and life actually becomes a little easier because you don’t have the dreaded ‘what’s for dinner’ each night. You already know what’s for dinner.

    Good luck!

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    • Thanks so much for the tips! I’ll try two week planning. I tend to try and do a bulk buy at Costco periodically and I think I could get away with doing my groceries there every two weeks.

      Leftovers are my favorites. I also need to work on keeping healthy snacks around. So many changes! Where to start!

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!!

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  2. I try to make sure there are no chips or sugary treats in the house when going through life/routine changes because my willpower can sometimes be a little “off it’s game” when my mind is focused on the changes.

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    • Very good point – change in one area definitely sends me seeking comfort in other areas like food.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. After a bike ride like that ( I ride about 6.5 miles to work each way- I think that’s 9 or 10 km?!) PROTEIN SHAKE/drink IS A MUST!!!! Bring your little shaker cup( with the metal ball) and a scoop of powder in a Baggie. The second you get to work, fill your cup with water and
    Mix your drink so that you IMMEDIATLY get protein to your muscles and calm your hunger down. I have this problem too, and that’s been a GAME CHANGER. Also, honestly after the ride- I feel so good and fit(ridiculous ) I don’t even feel that hungry sometimes!!

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    • Great idea. There’s even some great protein drinks out there that are relatively low-cal. I will definitely try that. Maybe I will leave a container of the powder at work.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. The biggest help for me is friends who also work out. I may feel like blowing it off, but then someone messages Run with me tomorrow? and I’m back at it. We help keep each other accountable.

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    • I agree. I’ve been swimming lots this term thanks to my future sister in law who texts me the day before to make sure I show up for a swim!!

      Now I need a weight lifting buddy

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  5. You should aim to structure your swims, because let’s face it, a 2 hour straight up and down the lanes swim can be pretty boring. I know what you mean about transitioning, it can be difficult to keep up the good work! I moved town and I find it most disruptive when friends visit or I have to go and visit someone else. It seems like occasions = food and wine. Never a good combination when you’re trying to keep it healthy and moderated!

    Ah well, more exercise to compensate I suppose. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  6. I realize that it is more of a girl thing but Zumba is a great exercise and there is even a Zumba toning where you use weights during the routine. I did Zumba when I was home for the summer and there was always this one big military guy who came and did it. It may not be exactly what you are looking for but it is always something different to try and shake up the routine every now and then.

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    • I am definitely interested and on theory secure enough in my manhood to try Zumba… But maybe I’ll try it at home first…

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  7. See that you don’t overdo it in your exercises. It is also great to do cardio & power training 3 times per week, about 30 minutes with warming up exercises beforehand, to loose fat. It gives me a lt of energy too because I am a chronic pain patient, I need that extra energy!!! You will sweat a lot but that’s good too! Good luck with it all!

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