Do you keep telling yourself on Sunday that this will be the week I will start being healthier? I know for many years, I kept promising myself that I will start working out and eating right….and the following week will come and go and I will say it again on Sunday. The difference now is that I prepare on Sunday to be successful. The goal for “preplanning” or “pre-setting” is to prepare the “future you” to make the right decision. With weekdays being so hectic, one will always take the easier route. By being prepared, the easy route will be the one you set out for yourself on Sunday. Therefore if this is the week that you want to finally commit to those goals, then follow these 5 simple Sunday rituals to stay on the health track.
- Plan workouts for the week – It is easier to hold yourself accountable if your workouts are already scheduled in and pre-planned. Treat your workouts like any other appointments and write it in your schedule or to-do list. Because if you leave till that day to “see how I feel,” then you’ll most likely opt out.
- Go grocery shop – Stocking the fridge with healthy food helps avoid the temptation later in the week. Grocery shopping on Sunday makes it easier to avoid eating out or eating frozen pizza. Also purged your fridge of junk food, to make it easier to make the right choice. Take it one step further and pre-make your meals. Ensuring each meal is right balanced with protein, good fats, and complex carbs.
- Layout the vitamins in a pillbox – Find a spot that is hard to miss in the morning, to lay out those vitamins in a Monday-Sunday pillbox. My spot is in the kitchen, by the coffee (which I will never miss!). This way you will have no excuse to take those added nutrients.
- Turn off distraction and relax – It’s important to start the week with a happy, relax mindset. Such as mediating, as little as 5 minutes, reading a book, pampering oneself, or taking a bath. Whatever it takes to unwind, and get you in a good mental state.
- Remove common barriers – Find what typicals stops you from staying on track and find ways to reduce or remove those obstacles. If there is no time for breakfast, then make breakfast at night and lay out your outfit to make time. If you never have time to make a healthy lunch, then prepare your meals on Sunday. Or maybe it is not having time to workout, then lay out those workout clothes, sleep early, and set an alarm clock. Whatever is your obstacle, you need to be prepared to overcome it.