Bad body image days can happen to anyone and at any time. Instead of spending time trying to accept our bodies, we waste time comparing ourselves to others, beating up our bodies, starving ourselves and trying to obtain the ‘perfect body’….
It’s summer and running usually takes the back seat for me. South Carolina triple digits and humidity makes it a little unbearable to get out on the pavement regardless of how short the distance. Except this week it’s cooled off to the whopping mid-90s and even cooler before lunch to about the mid-80s, which can make for perfect running weather.
Let me set the record straight: I am not a fan of running in mid-80s temperatures. But my goals don’t care about the temperature outside.
It’s go time.
I am back on track for training for my last show of the year. My goal is to improve what I bring to the stage physically and in presentation. I only have one cardio session a day for the moment and that is usually inside.
I am not a cardio bunny but I don’t mind it either. I have prefer to HIIT my way through cardio. HIIT on the treadmill, stairclimber and spin bike have been my go to methods. I use the Tabata app and go to town.
If I could describe the perfect running weather, it’s a cool crisp morning. It’s not exactly cool at 5 a.m. around here and my body is refusing to get up to fight the humidity. But like I said, “It’s go time.”
Running weather aside
The goal is to get in the cardio without killing myself. I would rather knock out my cardio before lunch and lift in the evening. No need to spend countless hours in the gym at night after work.
When I am out on the pavement I am armed with my Road ID bracelet and my phone if either are needed. When it is a real scorcher, I also include the Road ID app to alert a few folks when I am out. Safety is important.
I am willing to do what is necessary. Eat, hydrate, sleep and completing my workouts are key essentials in achieving my goals.
Do you ever push your limits? What goals are you working toward?
If you are anything like me, you like to eat! Who doesn’t like to eat? Especially with all the foods and sweets out there. However, I have goals which means meal prep Sunday all the way to meet them.
I am eyeing ending the season with the Big Shott Classic in October. The goal is to improve from the NPC South Carolina State Championships in late June.
For me that means ridding my apartment of things I have no business eating. No more cupcakes, cookies or ice cream. Well, not until the night of October 8. Dedication to my meal plan is key from here on out.
The work begins before you get to the gym
The work begins at home in the kitchen long before you get to the gym. So that means along with my workouts I need to follow my meal plan and drink water until my eyes are rolling in it. My meal plan is tailored to my specific goals and needs. Your meal plan should do the same for you!
This week I took full advantage of the beautiful weather for meal prep. I seasoned several pounds of chicken different ways before throwing them on the grill.
Back in the kitchen, I added garlic green beans, baked sweet potatoes and an oatmeal blueberry bake.
You can do all the work in the gym and ruin it by what and how much you eat.
Make time for meal prep
One thing that I make time for is meal prep. Meal prepping on Sunday allows you to stay on top of your game all week without making rash decisions.
I typically cook enough protein and carbs to last a few days. I prefer to cook my breakfast fresh every day. It allows me to start the day off with a hot cooked meal and not out of a plastic container.
Are you a part of the meal prep Sunday society? For some it’s basically a society inside a society in the fitness world to help you meet your goals. I like to think meal prep Sunday is a society for anyone, fitness-minded, mom-minded and the busy-minded.
Consistency is key
If you are prepared with easy options then you will make better decisions. It’s when we are rushed and not prepared that we make poor decisions.
It’s easy to stop at the fast food restaurant on the way home if it’s late or you do not feel like cooking.
Consistency makes a difference. How consistent do you have to be to see results? What if I’m eating healthy but not consistent?
You get the results from the work you invest.
What are your favorite ways to prep for your week ahead? I would love some new ideas!