Simply put, I have fallen off the wagon. I hate to admit it, but my health has taken a back seat to my being a wearer of many hats. No, I have not started smoking again and no I have not ceased to exercise. I HAVE been sleeping restlessly, skipping a workout or two a week and forgetting to eat (gasp). It has become clear that I need to reboot, recharge and prioritize my healthy habits in order to succeed.
As Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” All of this is important to me and although I have let myself slide, I will refresh and I WILL succeed.
Here is what I need to do:
- Meal Planning
- Grocery Shopping
- Meal Prep
- Workout Schedule
- Homework Schedule
- That is where this little beauty comes in. I have been researching, on a number of sites, the best way to get a meal plan without having to spend a million dollars, where the foods are diverse AND delicious. Thankfully one of my favourite sites has this, 30 Day Guide to Paleo, created by Haley Mason and Bill Staley at Primal Palate. For only $29, I received their eBook that includes 30 days of meal plansand 30 alternate days of meal plans for a total of 60 days of their fabulous recipes planned out for me, complete with a shopping list and a calendar of your meals (and leftovers) divided by week to make your life easier. I absolutely could have created 60 days of meals for myself, but if they did it for me and for so little, why would I not just buy it. This purchase was my starting-point for prioritization.
- Meal planning having been completed for me (and in an orderly, printable fashion), I now had time to go to grocery shop in bulk, weigh and freeze all my meats for the next two weeks.
- Meal Prepping for the first few days of meals was next on my list and I did it while my princess was napping.
- Workout Schedule: I have been following the P90 program fromBeach Body which is a wonderful kickstart for anyone that has not been keeping up with their gym-time. Thankfully they ALSO have tools for scheduling workouts and getting reminders.
- Homework is a tougher schedule to make because every week there is a different amount of time that needs to be dedicated to studying, taking notes, writing papers, designing layouts/logos, etc. What I decided is to simply get more organized. I made folders for all of my classes and printed off the course outlines, assignment criteria, due dates, marking templates, etc. and checked off what I have done and what needs to be done. Then I made a calendar of due dates and put them in my iPhone calendar with alerts for several days before. Now after each of my classes, I will make a plan for what I need to get done before the next due date. Done.
- I have a bad back and have used that as an excuse not to push myself for many years, but I have found that with a trip to the Chiroand my Aromatherapy Massage Therapist once a month, my body is happier and healthier and I can push myself further and get the healing my body needs. I have now scheduled my chiropractic and massage appointments for the rest of the year.
Well, there you have it; The Spicy Diva way of setting your health ducks in a row!
Personally, becoming a Mom has been more wonderful and rewarding than I ever could have imagined, but with an 11-month old, going to school, doing homework, working, exercising, cooking, volunteering, etc. tends to be feel a bit chaotic. I need to schedule everything in order to fit everything in. Often my good planning does not pan out to timely perfection, but at least it is a start. THAT is how I reboot and refresh.
Now for a glass of wine and something to think about while I finish my graphic design paper. Cheers!