5 Things You Should Do When Starting A New Routine
How To Be Successful When Starting A New Routine
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I LOVE a fresh start. Starting a new plan, routine, or any sort of system that is designed to help improve my life is my jam. Mondays are my favorite day of the week BECAUSE of their fresh-ness and do-over vibes. However, I also fail at many of my self-imposed plans and routines. The plans of mine that do become successful never become a success by accident. There are a few things that I often will do when I start a new routine in order to help ensure that my thoughts and efforts behind the plan are put into motion.
Let’s take a look at my most recent endeavor - my recent start of my eight week Body Back session through Fit4Mom. Fit4Mom offers all sorts of classes for moms, but my personal favorite is their eight-week Body Back transformational journey. I am in the program because I ditched fitness and healthy meal prep with my second pregnancy and birth of my daughter, and now I want it back!
I have officially made it through Week 1 of the program, and all I can say is that I am loving the changes that Fit4Mom has brought to our household. The first week is one of the most difficult weeks because of all of the adjustments. My body is basically being shocked back into the routine of healthy habits, healthy eating, and regular fitness routines. My family is feeling the ripple effect - in a GREAT way.
The eight week program strongly suggests that you only eat meals from the recipes provided in the Body Back meal plan. During this first week, I am proud to say that my whole family ate only from the menu provided to me. The Body Back menu is full of vibrant, flavorful, and healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes. The plan really doesn’t exclude whole food groups - the focus is truly on thought-out home-prepare meals that are low in processed foods.
I did Body Back last year and had AMAZING results. So did my husband - he lost 19 pounds by only eating the meals from the Body Back meal plan (and not exercising). You can read my post about my before and after results from Body Back 2016 here - this was the best shape that I have ever been in.
After Week 1, I have already lost 3.4 pounds. Yep, you heard it! I started Body Back at 136.8 pounds, and at our one week weigh-in I was at 133.4 pounds. After hearing those numbers, I am pumped as to what the next seven weeks have in store.
And check out some of the recipes that I made from the body back meal plan. Each one of these dishes was AMAZING - I could eat these foods every day. I am determined to see what my body can (and will!) be like when only putting the best foods that I can prepare into it.
Turkey Chili With Corn And Cilantro
Mexican Cabbage Slaw To-Go
A Spin On The Black Bean And Corn Salad
My husband has been eating everything that I have been preparing and has cut out all the carb-y snacks along with me. We purged our pantry before the start of Body Back to ensure that there were not any of those easy-to-grab crunchy cheat foods around. We replaced them with nuts, fresh fruits, and cut vegetables such as bell pepper and carrots.
For my workouts this week, I mostly ran. I did some of my runs at sunrise, and some of them after work. I was sure to run on the weekend even though I was away. Body Back also includes two, one hour long class sessions per week, and they provide you with short home work outs to do on the days that you are not in a Body Back class.
In order to be successful in Body Back, I made several major changes and adjustments in my life in preparation for the program. I am determined to be successful in this program - I want to see and feel the results of sticking to the eight-week plan, which will help to set me up for a lifetime of health and fitness success. I have noted all of these tips an suggestions below, so that you, too, can be successful in the new plans and routines that you take on for yourself and your family.
5 Things You Should Do When Starting A New Routine To Help Ensure Success:
1) Get Organized
This one is huge. If your life feels chaotic, then you will want to bring some calm to your surroundings before starting a new routine. This may sounds silly to you, but one of the things in my life that was really bringing me down was my purse disorganization. I lost my keys for five full weeks in my giant black diaper bag purse. When my husband found them (in my purse!), I decided it was the last straw for the black-hole bag.
I down-sized my every day purse from the bag on the left to the teeny, tiny black bag on the right. I feel so free! So free and organized!! Our diaper bag now stays by our back door and remains fully packed with all of the kids things - when needed. I did NOT need to be carrying around this bag as my personal purse. Having my new smaller bag organized has CLEARED MY HEAD and has helped set me up for Body Back success.
2) Plan Plan Plan
I recently made an AWESOME purchase on Amazon. Introducing THE Productivity Planner. This planner is AMAZING! I have never been so organized, focused, and productive in my life. This daily planner requires you to put your most important priority first on your to-do list, which helps to set you up for success for the rest of your day.
I plan my workouts, grocery shopping, meal prepping, and even bed times. And you know what? The book has prevented me from deviating and I am happy to report that I have stayed on-task all week!
3) Set Up New Routines
One of the suggestions made to me at the start of Body Back was to commit to eating at the same spot every night - and it shouldn’t be on the couch! I cleared off our kitchen table and have only sat at this table to eat when home.
I need new routines to break old habits. I have learned that I cannot keep doing the same thing and expect to be able to change.
4) Buy Yourself A Few New Things
I don’t know if there is anything more motivating than a few new things to inspire change. For the start of my plan, I purchased a couple new workout pieces, new storage containers for all the delicious foods that I was about to make, and a new pair of running shoes.
5) Log And Document Your Results
Write down the foods you eat and the exercises you do if you are on a health journey. If there are other things that you are doing during your new routine that are helping to ensure success, document those changes and how those changes made your day better. Accountability is a huge part of Body Back. We document everything that we do and then send it to our instructor at the end of each week.
Documenting doesn’t have to end at the end of my eight-week session. There is a spot in my Productivity Planner where I can record my successes for each week. Keeping track of your weekly successes is an excellent way to ensure future completion of tasks as you work towards your goal(s).