Happy Monday and happy first of the month! Monday's are usually a dreaded day, as well as the first of the month. I used to dread Monday's too- I mean, let's be honest, I still do dread a Monday morning, but I have learned to "trick" my brain into getting pumped for Monday. Usually, my weekends consist of yummy, not-so-good-for-you food, alcohol, and little to no exercise. No wonder on Monday's I am tired and wanting to be lazy! I work my ass off in the gym and kitchen during the week so I can enjoy myself on the weekends. How have a tricked my brain into getting pumped for Monday? I have to look at myself in the mirror, and remind myself this is my fresh start. This is the day I get to erase the weekend, and get back to working it all off in the gym and kitchen. This is MY day and I get to reset, recharge, and challenge my body. I GET to exercise, I GET to nourish my body with healthy food, and I GET to take time and work on myself.
TIPS FOR SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS:
- Make a To Do list, or review your day/week before you go to sleep.
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you actually have to.
- Make your bed.
- Plan or prep what meals you are going to eat for the next 2 days.
- Challenge yourself with the HARDEST workout you can do.
- Make Monday the healthiest day of the week.
- Drink a ton of water.
- Check off your To Do list.
- Get in bed 30 minutes earlier than you usually do.
Now, you may notice that I mention only to plan or prep your meals for 2 days, where a lot of other fitness guru's say to meal prep for the week. Planning your meals for a week is great! But, it doesn't work for everyone, every body is different. I personally don't like prepping for a week, because it takes too long, and I get sick of dry chicken in tupperware. I also might not feel like eating fish or something one of the days, or I might be over the spinach I am making into a salad. So, plan for 2. And when you're done with that, you can make for another 2 days. That brings you into Thursday. Friday you might head out with friends or decide on a healthy option from a restaurant. Another reason I like planning for 2 days and not 5 days, is that if you don't eat one of the meals one day, you don't feel like you have failed. You might hit day 3 and your plans could change- dinner with a coworker or you might not be able to stomach whatever it is in your tupperware- and you hit day 4 and feel like you failed, so you basically say "eff it" and open a bag of potato chips for the rest of the week. Don't set yourself up for failure.
You also may notice that I say to challenge yourself with the HARDEST workout you can do. Do something that makes you feel powerful, strong, and bad ass. That might be taking a crazy bootcamp class, or blasting Tupac while doing burpees. Anything that is going to make you sweat the most, do it today. For me, my hardest workout is treadmill sprints, all while listening to gangster rap, obviously. Remind yourself this workout isn't punishment for your indulgent weekend, it's just getting you on track for your week of healthiness and exercise. Although if pizza motivates you, get down with your bad self!
Try your hardest to treat your Monday with some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! This is your fresh start, this is your beginning to a great week, this is YOUR time to be strong and overcome excuses. RISE AND GRIND people! Set yourself up for success! Hop to it, and smash your week! #willrunforpizza.
"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse. " - Jim Rohn