We are creatures of habit. If you want change in your life you need to make a decision to do so and you need to stick to it. When a habit is created, it will be hard to change it. The more good habits you create in life, the better the outcome will be.
Why do we have habits? Once we get used to something, we keep doing it. It’s our comfort zone, it’s “normal” to us. Our future is created by every single decision we make, however small this decision may be it causes a certain outcome. It’s like hiking… If you turn left, even if it may not seem like a big decision it will lead you a different path than if you would have turned right.
If it comes to fitness, habits are what will get you to your end goal and help you maintain that lifestyle as well. Don’t be a victim of the yoyo effect… create a habit, make it a lifestyle!
What are my habits that help me stick to my goals?
I have a calendar and I write down every single thing I do the next day. I do this every night. I sit down and write down what time I get up, what time I work, have my internship, workout, when I mealprep, study, go to an appointment. Then on the side I write a little “2 DO” list where write down the main tasks needed to accomplish that day. I keep crossing off whatever I accomplished throughout the course of the day. That’s how I stay organized.
I plan out my meals, I am on a mealplan, but, even though I would be able to cook throughout the day, I like to mealprep all my meals the night before so if anything changes, I can just grab them on-the-go. Labeling them 1-5 makes it a lot easier as well and having my pre and post workout drinks ready in my gym bag so I don’t forget in the rush of going to the gym.
When it comes to workouts, planning, habits, it’s a key as well. Skipping a workout to me would be like missing a class. It’s a part of my day that I plan out. I know how long I will be working out approximately and I MAKE time for it. When people tell me “I wish I could workout as much”, I always put emphasis on their planning. I LOVE working out, it’s like a job to me, a job that I love. If you want to change your health, fitness or body composition, make working out a priority. Once you see results it will become more of an addiction that a task.
“Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.” – Harvey MacKay