In my last post I briefly talked about the importance of scheduling in your workouts and creating a plan to hit your daily caloric intake.
But what the hell is that supposed to mean?! Let’s look a wee bit deeper into this and I’ll show you exactly how I’m doing this in my own life!
Schedule Your Workouts
This is sort of a no-brainer. When I say to schedule your workouts I mean, well, schedule your workouts… This will require that you have a plan! Uh-oh! Right here this may be something you never really considered before. Some of you may have started a workout regime in the past just by joining a gym and figuring you’d show up a few days a week and work out. That’s your plan.
That is NOT a plan! There are different ways to work out depending on what your goals are. Strength training without cardio isn’t going to help you lose weight and cardio without strength training isn’t going to help you tone up. You need a specific workout plan! If you’re reading this, you most likely want to lose weight so this means you need a workout program that has you doing cardio workouts 3 – 5 days per week and strength training 2 – 3 days per week. If you’re not sure how to do this, ask a trainer at the gym or give me a shout and I’ll steer you in the right direction.
Once you have your plan, take out your trusty calendar in whatever form works for you and actually schedule in which days you’re going to do what and at what time. When you know which days you’re working out and what you’re doing on those days you’re not only taking the guess work out but you’re also telling yourself that you’re serious about it.
So when is the perfect time to work out? This question has been batted back and forth more times than a badminton birdie. The perfect time for you to work out is when you’ll be least disturbed! For some, this may be at 5am, for others, it may be 9pm. Play around with times for the first week or so and see what works for you. When you schedule your workouts in for a time when you’re least disturbed you’ll be more likely to stick to it because no one but you is a priority at that time! As a personal example, the best time for me to work out is between 10am – 12pm. My husband has a crazy work schedule but during these two hours he’s either working or sleeping so I can always count on this part of the day to not be disturbed (and I never schedule appointments or meeting during these times).
What I Did: So how have I planned and scheduled my workouts in my War On Fat? I chose to do a workout program, one who’s workouts are alredy done for me and also gives me a schedule of what to do and when. I chose Insanity because it’s going to turbocharge my metabolism so I can burn through fat and tone up at the same time (both in which are going to help me in my goal to lose two dress sizes). I’ve taken the workout plan and I’ve already plugged in the entire program into my calendar with alerts to remind me to do them so I never have to use the excuse “I forgot”!
Make A Meal Plan
I harp on meal planning all the frickin’ time but there’s a reason for it: it works! Isn’t life easier when you don’t have to figure out what you’re going to eat on a daily basis? And wouldn’t life be more easy if, while you’re losing weight, you knew that everything you ate during your day was exactly on target to your caloric intake without having to freak out over it? That’s what meal planning is all about!
Meal planning allows me to not obsess about my food. I know what I’m eating and when so I can use that energy on other things (like giving it all in my pre-planned workout).
What I Did: Because Insanity is seen as an “extreme” workout, I know I need to tweak my diet to include more protein to help my muscles recover but I also want to lose weight so I need to keep my caloric intake to around *1500 calories (if you don’t know yours, head over to this website – it’ll show you how to figure it out). I took out the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide and my favourite personal recipes (plus looked around online) to come up with meals for as far into the future as possible. My meal plan includes three meals and two snacks all roughly 300 calories each so that my energy remains steady all day long. It took a little time but now I don’t have to think about food for the next 60 days!
Of course, this planning and scheduling are all for ideal situations. Obviously there’ll come times when I’m eating out and with the holidays occurring during the second half of my workout program, I’ll have to adjust along the way. When I get to that point, don’t you worry, I’ll tell you all about it!