Cassie over at BTHR made herself a color-coded weekly calendar to help her adapt to a new schedule. I did this in college to help with time management when I was a Resident Advisor working several part time jobs. Taking inspiration from her, I am going to adopt a similar tactic in my life. One obstacle: I am not a structured person. My family life isn't structured. I am going to try to add structure as much as I can, as I feel this will help me greatly on my wellness journey. I think this will really benefit the kids.
I am going to plan my week out a day or so in advance. I will allow for some flexibility, because we all know life happens (and can be unpredictable). Below is how I plan to plan my weeks
- Time - I think I waste a lot of time, because I simply cannot think of what I should or need to be doing. I think by giving myself a dedicated time on my calendar to my goals and other responsibilities I will be more successful in this journey as well as in the other roles of my life.
- Activity - While I am planning my time for the week, I will schedule in activity. Over the past three weeks I have noticed that I need to work out 6 times a week to see the results I want to see. This is what works for my body, and what works for yours might be different. I also know that I need to do at least 45 minutes of cardio in these sessions. I learned this by tracking my work outs for the past month and comparing it to my weigh in results.
- Meals - I have been pretty good about meal planning. I plan my meals by coming up with 7 breakfasts (usually the same during the week), 7 dinners, the appropriate amount of lunches (in instances where there are not leftovers from the previous night's dinner), and fill in with snacks. I do not assign a meal to a day and time. This allows me to have flexibility if I only have a few minutes to throw something together or a child (husband included) decides they do not want a particular item for the meal. I know what my PPV allowance is for each day and plan my meals to be within a certain range. Currently, I have a 29PPV budget a day. I shoot for 6-8 for brekkie, 7-9 for lunch, 7-10 for dinner, and the rest for my
grazingsnacks throughout the day.