Mom life can feel out of control. You are supposed to get shit done despite all the hormones, a baby that doesn’t sleep, a screaming toddler… the list goes on.
Your days feel out of control. Your body seems beyond your control.
You want to make a change, but you’re just too damn tired. Every day gets away from you. You were going to start working out today but… You were going to try out that new healthy recipe you saw on Pinterest today but…
Before you know it another week or month has gone by and you are still stuck in your rut.
Trust me, I’ve been there. It gives me anxiety all over again thinking about it.
So, how do you make sure you get it in when you are so damn tired?
How do you establish control over your body, when your life feels so out of control?
Be Firm with your Goals, Establish a Plan then Make it a Routine.
ALL pieces are necessary to ensure success
Be Firm with your Goals
Without solid goals and a meaningful why, it’s way too easy to let life get in the way and make excuses. It can’t be just “I want to lose weight because I feel like I should.” You need to find “the why” that speaks to you.
I goal is a very personal thing. Without getting to know you first I can’t tell you what that should be.
Try this exercise to develop your goal(s):
Establish a Plan
A major part to getting shit done, is having a plan of action (one that is aligned with your goals). There is far too much information out there (sometimes conflicting information) on the best workouts for X,Y,Z.. If you go to bed at night saying “I’m going to workout tomorrow,” but don’t know what you will do for said workout there is a really good chance you aren’t going to do it.
Be sure to start small. Only take on what you know you can do. If your plan is to go to the gym 3 days this week and you have trouble enough getting out of the house 1 now, that’s not going to work!
My Simple 7- Day Action Plan That Works In Less than 20 Minutes a Day is a great place to start, especially because you don’t even have to leave the house. However, it can be really anything that gets you moving, you just have to decide!
Make it Routine
Turning the plan into a routine is what makes it really sticks. You need to make it a priority, schedule it into your day, and keep it all right in front of your face!
1. Prioritize. There are so many things that you could/should do in a day that often leave self care at the bottom of or likely even off the list… Unless YOU make it a priority. Try this worksheet to ensure you make yourself a priority.
2. Schedule. Schedule the time that you think will work best for you and follow through. Do everything in your power to stick to that schedule… even if the baby is crying or the toddler is destroying his room. I always suggest to get it done first thing in the morning because there is less day to get in the way. Ultimately though, it’s up to you.
3. Write it ALL down. I like to put all my workout plans on a template. Set it up where each day of the week you know exactly what you are doing AND check it off when you are done. It’s nice to have it all laid out in front of you. Every plan that I’ve actually followed through on started with me creating a table like this for myself and every plan I make for my clients is laid out exactly like this. Having right in front of you takes all the guess work out of it.
The image shows a sample of a template (from the 7 day action plan I mentioned above).
Each day you know exactly what you are going to do. Checking it off when you are done is empowering. It’s a visual representation of you working toward that strong goal.
ALL pieces are necessary to ensure success.
Get started yourself OR let me do it with you in my Body After Baby Program.
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