So this is where the phrase ‘Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail’ seems like the obvious quote. In reality, using my precious weekend to prepare for the week ahead is nothing short of a pain in the backside. Who wants to give up their free Sunday to spend it in the kitchen. Especially if you can be out for a lovely Sunday walk with Milo! So at this stage of my healthy journey I think I have established a routine that works for me.
Recently I was on a school trip to Manchester in England for a soccer match. We sailed over and stayed for just one night. However as most know, once you leave the country, there is always someone eagerly awaiting your return for their pressie!! Well actually I never agreed with this mentality, after all it was only one night! However the previous weekend the bf went to London for work and surprised me with some new lifters. He is a good one!
When we think about the term ‘healthy eating’, we all know what this means don’t we? People throw the term around all the time, so we must. But one persons view of healthy eating is more often in complete contrast to the next. I had a conversation with a great friend of mine recently. She told me she was really happy with her week, as she was eating well. When I asked her what she was having she said; cornflakes for her breakfast and weekabix for her 10am tea break. While I don’t consider this to be healthy and certainly not nutritionally dense. My friend felt it was healthy, so why are our views so different? Because, we all have a starting point. For my bestie it was changing up her morning fry for cereal. For me, it was changing my morning oats to a green smoothies and eggs.
The tagline on this blog is, ‘journeying towards a healthy lifestyle’ and that’s exactly what is happening. I am on this journey; it’s not easy and some weeks are more difficult than others. This week was a good week, my foods were good, I managed to stay away from the nut butters all week! My gym sessions went well, completing a WOD with all double-unders, only took 18 months of practice! So this weekend I am feeling good and celebrating my small little accomplishments. But who is to say what next week will bring. I have a couple of occasions next week and it is these occasions that make things a little more challenging. But that is the reason I am following this 80:20 rule. It allows me to celebrate and enjoy myself without worrying about what is on my plate. So a couple of weeks back myself and the boys headed off on a day out. It was the weekend so I ordered what I fancied and enjoyed every mouthful.
Change is difficult. We all know this. Most people are afraid of change, because it usually means we need to make an effort, to work on an area we don’t particularly want to work on. If we have a goal to run a 10k in 2 months, that means we must train for it. Training means getting off the couch, leaving the warmth of the fire and heading into a wild and windy February night. So while initially we are energetic and excited about the prospect of running our first 10k. The excitement usually wears off after a couple of weather beaten runs!! Don’t get me wrong, it is completely worth it. You will never come back from a training session and say, ‘I wish I didn’t go’. Even if your eyes are hurting with the sweat (yes this has happened to me numerous times!) it is still worth it.