I don’t know about you, but sometimes the holidays or any prolonged period of stress or change can throw my entire routine off. Recently, I started an awesome new position within the Army, my boyfriend and I in the home stretch of a crazy year-long renovation to our home, and we’ve had lots of business and personal travel the last few months. All of that has added up to a lot of change and deviation from my normal health routine.
Sometimes deviation from my routine is great because I can squeeze in more sleep, or I get more time off from my job to focus on my wellness business or just take a breather with friends and family. However, where it becomes bad is when I deviate from my health basics; I don’t eat well on a consistent basis, I have a few too many drinks too often, or I’m not consistent with my workout routine. Or the absolute worst is when it’s all 3 (don’t tell anyone, but I’m basically there).
If you’re like me, even a small change to my routine has big impacts. Thankfully, the habit I’ve stuck to is getting enough sleep because I’ve prioritized that. However, my eating and workouts have suffered and it’s time for me to get back on it.
Here’s is how I’m getting myself back on track to feeling good again.
Before I tell you what I’m going to do to get back on track, I need to give you some disclaimers.
- This is NOT about being perfect. This is about getting back to a consistent routine.
- This is NOT about restriction. I will still allow myself to be human and have fun in a healthy way.
- This is NOT about weight loss. I expect that I will lose some weight as a bonus side effect, but that’s not the goal.
- This IS about feeling better. I feel much better when I am on a clear, consistent routine, and it also helps me better deal with stress.
So, let’s talk about what I’m going to do.
I’m going to be consistent in some simple habits for 100 days.
Why 100 days? Because research says that it takes a minimum 66 days to make something a habit. After that, it’s just something you do. (100 days from today puts me at March 8th 2017 for anyone who cares.)
Here’s what I’m going to do for the next 100 days:
– Stick to my consistent workout plan (4x week weightlifting with Renaissance Periodization’s weightlifting templates, 3x week other cardio/adventure like yoga, running, bicycling, etc.).
– Stick to my meal plan (Renaissance Periodization’s meal templates, which I highly recommend for anyone looking to change their body composition and understand what macronutrients they need). I also meal prep every Sunday and Wednesday so I don’t spend all my life in the kitchen (my Instant Pot also saves me more time). Eating foods that work well for me makes the biggest difference in my stress levels and my mood.
– Eat as cleanly as possible. With the meal plan that I’m on, it’s possible to make my favorite desserts or a few glasses of wine fit in to my caloric/macronutrient needs. I’ve taken advantage of that way too much lately. I’m going to stay away from that mostly, except for on Saturdays.
– On Saturday evenings, enjoy myself (and don’t feel guilty about it). Go out to a meal with my boyfriend and maybe enjoy a few drinks. There are plenty of ways to go out to a meal and not go off the rails.
– Ensure that I keep my routine of at least 7+ (ideally 8) hours of sleep a night. Yes – this means I cut a lot of stuff out of my days (like TV and other time sucks). It’s that important.
– Continue with all my current habits of daily vitamins/supplements, essential oils for physical/mental support, and drink lots of water.
– Continue my daily gratitude habit each morning.
– Continue my daily personal development habit of listening to audiobooks and podcasts.
Sounds like a lot, but these are things that I’ve done for most of the last 2 years and have gotten away from. This is really just like hitting the reset button for me.
For some of you, this may sound extreme and that’s totally fine. Some of you are like, “I do that already. What’s the challenge in that?” Here’s my question to you… what are the habits that, when you do them daily, bring additional health and wellness to your life? Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics?
Anyone care to join me in your own 100 day reset? Waiting until January is for procrastinators. If so, let me know what yours would look like. Consider getting back to those things that make you feel at peace and full of health. It can be just 1 habit (getting more sleep, for example), or a whole list like mine. Whatever it is, make it manageable and something that gives you energy, not something that you dread.
Comment below with what habit(s) you’d like to be consistent with for the next 100 days.
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