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?