With less than 6 weeks until spring, if you are one of the many who has spent the past few months eating in hibernation it is time to kick start your healthy lifestyle regime. The start of a new week is always a great opportunity to start afresh with some clear goals and plans to move you closer to where you would ultimate like your life to be headed. So this Monday, if you know that your diet needs a little work, here are some ways to take control and get back on track before 2015 runs away from us.
1. Set a goal
It may be to lose 5kg by Spring, or train a certain number of hours each week. It may be to limit your alcohol intake or prepare for the City to Surf or Bridge Run but the simple act of setting a goal, documenting it and working towards it every day is one of the most powerful things you can do to motivate yourself and support lifestyle change.
2. Go shopping and plan your meals
It is difficult to eat well when you do not have the healthy foods you need on hand to eat well. So, this Monday make it a priority to plan out your next weeks’ worth of meals and get to the shops to stock up with all the supplies you need to have the right meals and snacks on hand.
3. Have a light day
After a weekend packed full of calories and celebrations, chances are you will benefit from a Monday focused on light, low calorie eating. A vege juice; salad for lunch and a grill or soup for dinner will help to give the body a much needed light day of eating which will also ensure you wake up on Tuesday feeling lighter and on track with your diet.
4. Schedule your training sessions
Exercise will rarely happen if it is not scheduled and prioritising your exercise sessions during the first half of the week helps to ensure you stay on track with the minimum number of sessions you need to complete each week to keep your weight under control. Book a walk with a friend; schedule a PT session or make it a Monday night ritual to get to the gym and churn out an intense session. Again this focus will set you up for a successful week of training and movement.
5. Spend some time on self-development
Often the goals we have for our life run away from us because we simply do not dedicate enough time to focusing and planning what we really want in life. Early in the week get into the habit of spending an hour or two assessing where things are up to in your own life. Make some holiday plans; get your tax done; clean out a few cupboards, whatever you need to do to keep your life vision and goals moving in the right direction.