HAPPY 2018, my lovely friends!!!
So, obviously I failed at Blogmas. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I have been SO SICK. Oh my word. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold this severe. (Actually, I TOTALLY remember. It was 5 years ago and was in the middle of training for my first half marathon 🤦♀️)
I just did not have the energy to get up anything decent, so I focused on trying to recover (i.e. sleeping so much) and getting myself to work as often as I could since I was out of sick time. Fun.
But I’m feeling a whole lot better the last couple days. I even got myself up for a workout this morning (HOORAY) though a short strength training workout drained me beyond belief. And I’m spending the weekend on some organizing projects to set myself up for the new year.
SO. I want to cover two bases with today’s post! First, we’re talking about a “Consistency is Key” challenge you can do this month or whenever it suits you! And then I’m sharing my plan for January.
We’ll start with my workout chart. I made this chart for myself years ago and I always come back to it when I find that I’m just not getting my workouts in the way I want. I call it a “challenge” but in reality, it’s much more about creating long-term habits than challenging myself to something difficult. For me, this is the “it’s so reasonable there’s a problem if I can’t meet this” schedule. And yet, sometimes I do struggle to meet it. Life gets in the way, what can I say?
This is a four week workout goal just to help make working out more of a routine. It’s perfect for the new year, setting new schedules and habits. It’s fantastic if you are new to regularly exercising. OR if you’ve fallen off the wagon due to a crazy sickness and you need to get back in the routine 😉
Today I am sharing two worksheets you can download – one following MY “rules” and a blank one so you can set your own.
My rules are: 1. Workout at least 5 days per week. 2. Foam roll or stretch at least 3 times per week. 3. Yoga counts as a workout only 6 times per month. 4. Maximum of 6 workouts under 30 minutes long allowed per month. 5. Walking the dog only counts if it’s at least 3 miles.
We’re all at different levels and have different schedules, so it’s possible that my rules are way too easy or way too hard for you, and that’s fine. You can use mine as a starting base if you want and adjust as you learn what works better for you.
But if you’re interested in using my rules, here are a few notes about why I set these and how I use them. First, I added yoga in there as an incentive to make myself stretch or foam roll more often (because the stretching is ALWAYS the hardest part for me to accomplish.) If I do yoga as a workout, I also cross off one of the “stretch” boxes. I added the rule about workouts under 30 minutes after trying this for a couple months and I found that there were so many days when I just wanted to do something quicker. Those workouts often wind up being some of my hardest workout days when I want to get something intense but quick done. But there are absolutely days when I wind up doing something pathetic on those days, and I think that’s fine too. The point is to set habits, so sometimes you need to be flexible with what counts as a workout to you, just so you don’t form the habit of letting yourself skip workouts.
Oh and lastly, the “workouts” note on the far right is just for me to keep a tally because I find it really satisfying to get to five little hash marks there when I’ve met my goal for the week 😉
Here are the worksheets! I’m filling mine out this month, so I’ll check back in! Let me know if you use yours.
Next up, let’s chat about New Year’s stuff and some subtle changes, which you’ll hear about on the bloggy! I was hoping to feel well enough last week to share some “prepping for January” posts, but it just didn’t happen.
This year, I’m sort of bringing back my “Little Goals” that I used to do (I set a few small goals, usually health-and-wellness focused, each month.) But I’m only focusing on one goal for each month, and maybe you’ll want to join me! Since I was out of commission last month, I have a big general goal this month to RESET. I’m just trying to get organized, literally and figuratively. I’m organizing my apartment, tackling things that have been lingering on the to do list for way too long. I’m organizing my goals and dreams and plans for this year. And probably picking a list of goals for the months later in the year. I’m not writing a crazy list of things to organize (though I can’t help but have things come to mind…) but am just trying to plug along and focus my spare time on organizing my mind and surroundings.
I always feel the urge to do all that and prep myself for the START of a new year, but then wind up with too much pressure during the holidays to do even more. Now I’m giving myself a month of careful, deliberate thought and planning.
I’ll probably share a bit on social media, but you can expect a monthly check-in post on goals, self-improvement, and the like. I’d LOVE to hear about your goals for the year! Whether you make resolutions, have abstract dreams or expectations, or fun plans in the works!