As you may have seen earlier in the week, I have 4 months until my wedding (eek!!).
So, what am I doing to get in shape for the big day?
Well – the key for me is consistency (as I imagine it is for everyone!). I generally eat a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly too, but as with a lot of busy people, sometimes things don’t always go to plan … especially during the winter months when the sofa looks oh so comfy !!
I thought I would share with you the main rules I am following, to help keep me on track but in a realistic way …
I am not following any strict plan. I tend to know myself quite well and how much / what I should be eating and when … so I personally like to follow key habits (as I advocate with my clients too!). I don’t follow rigid and strict diet plans as I find it very tedious and I also get obsessive, and I don’t enjoy life when I do this!! I want to enjoy the lead up to my wedding, not be hangry all the time (hangry = hungry which leads to feeling angry, for those of you who haven’t heard of that before!).
(That being said, I am tempted to track my diet for a few days over the next few weeks for a blog about what kcal and macros I tend to go by, and also to write my experiences during tracking my food – so watch this space!!)
So … what are my “rules”:
1. Limit carbs after 7pm unless around a heavy workout (e.g. have a heavy workout that night, or both an evening workout and a pre-breakfast workout the next day)
2. No heavy meals past 8.30pm on weeknights
3. No “treats” until the weekend
4. One “treat” lunch (e.g. a burger perhaps) and one “treat” dinner (e.g. a pizza or a curry perhaps) on the weekend if I crave it – do not relax for the whole weekend! If I have to dine out lots then choose healthy options
5. No alcohol mid-week, and only 2 drinks on the weekend
6. Drink plenty of water – keep bottle on me at all times
7. Practice mindfulness and portion control
My planned schedule is below – this seems like a lot, but I have always been a very active person. If you are not used to exercise then I recommend building up very slowly (otherwise you risk getting injured).
Monday – Rest (teach spin class in evening)
Tuesday – light yoga stretch in the morning (10 mins). Gym workout in the evening
Wednesday – Run in the morning before breakfast
Thursday – Gym workout wherever I can fit it in!
Friday – Swim in the morning before breakfast
Saturday – Run in the morning, and a yoga session where it fits!
Sunday – Gym workout
My runs are at least 5km, and will push for a longer run on a Saturday. Gym sessions consist of resistance work, body weight moves, and some “cardio” HIIT moves (burpees, skipping, sprints, rowing, etc). Yoga is time for me to try and switch off and also relax my muscles – I am trying to do this as I feel it is so important as part of a training regime!! Swimming is a light session these days, about 30-40 mins and 1.6-2.5 km depending on the set (I used to swim competitively and it feels wrong to not include swimming, I find it a good loosener and I just love it! But unfortunately it takes up a lot of time, so I have to stick to once per week)
SLEEP! – I am trying to start getting ready for bed at around 10pm and have the lights switched off by latest 11pm (it used to be 11pm that I’d start getting ready for bed). On a weekday where I exercise in the morning the alarm will go off at 6.30, and if not it will be 7.30am – so by the time my brain has switched off I probably get between 7-8 hours sleep. Sleep is SO important, and when you are training hard it is your body’s recovery time, so a necessity!!
Phones – to help me wind down, I am desperately trying to not be on my phone in bed. With a job, running my own business on the side, and planning a wedding my mind tends to have a lot of chatter, so I am trying to stay away from the screens just before bed to give me more chance of switching off. It is a tough task with email / social media etc to uphold, but I am trying my best with this one! Ideally I want to start reading more in bed, that’s the next stage!!
I think that’s it!! It may seem like a lot, but for me they are achievable goals … that’s so important to bear in mind when setting yourself a goal. Also important is to make sure you know why you are doing something … for me the motivation is pretty great (the thought of everyone looking at you walking down the aisle, and having lots of photos of you taken!) … make sure you choose something that means a lot to you and always come back to that at times of weakness!
I hope you have enjoyed reading my rules and goals, and I hope it has inspired you to make some of your own J Feel free to follow my journey on social media, and even join me too!!
P.s. Be under no illusion that a few of these (if not all) will be broken in times of weakness / sadness / celebration etc – but the main thing is to get straight back on track at the earliest moment possible!!