For the past 2 years, I have been in the habit of waking up at 4 am to do my run/workout before work. It was hard at first, but now it is just “what I do”- part of my routine. It is so nice to be done my workout for the day before 5 am. SO NICE.
I would be lying, however, if I said that it was easy to wake up every morning. Sometimes I am just tired, my bed is so warm, and I am so tempted to push my run off until later in the day. And, sometimes I do.
Today was one of those days where I woke up and was contemplating pushing my run off until this evening. As I was laying in my bed deciding what I wanted to do, I checked my email and found this quote from Runner’s World:
Consistency requires discipline. Force yourself out the door.
Thank you, Runner’s World. This was exactly the kick in the butt that I needed to get up and get my 6 miles in before work. I am so glad that I did. Like I wrote on Facebook- it hurt so good.
I have been thinking a lot about the quote from Runner’s World and about being consistent. What I realize is that my marathon is not just 26.2 miles on June 15th. No, my marathon will be the sum of all the training runs, short and long. It is the consistency of my training schedule and the discipline within me that will get me to the starting line.
I lost 30 lbs nearly 11 years ago and have kept it off through diet and exercise. Yes, consistency is key- but so is discipline. Here are some of the things that have helped me to stay consistent and disciplined:
- Track what I eat. Yes, I write down everything that I consume each day. Following WW has helped me to develop this habit, and honestly, I don’t even think about it anymore. It is just something I always do. This helps me to stay accountable and to make sure that I am not overeating. That is not to say that I do not mess up- duh, I love to eat and sometimes can’t even remember all of the things I shove in my pie hole during a party or at a restaurant. However, about 90% of the time, I track. It helps.
- Plan ahead. It helps me to pack my lunch and plan my meals the night before so that I have a general idea of what I am eating and if I want to save my points for a special occasion. Since I pack my lunch and snacks, I am not tempted to eat fattening food from the school cafeteria or on my way home from work.
- Plan my workouts and write them in on my calendar. One of the things that I absolutely love about training for a race is that there is a training plan to follow. I love having my workouts planned out for me and love crossing them off of my calendar. Even when I am not training for a race, I will plan my weekly workouts at the beginning of the week. This helps me to stay accountable. By having it on my calendar- it becomes a priority in my day. Also, it is more difficult to flake on a workout that is already planned out for me.
- Work out first thing in the morning. Once my workout is finished, I do not have the time to talk myself out of doing it. If something unexpected comes up in the evening, it does not interfere with my workout plan.
- Prep the night before. This is key. My mornings are crazy, and I have to be out the door by 6:30 am. In order to get everything done I make sure that lunches are packed, my outfit is picked out, and things are picked up before I go to bed. I lay everything out so that it is ready to go in the morning. I usually sleep in my workout clothes (shorts and tank top), so that I can literally just roll out of bed and get to gettin!
- Get back on the horse. I am never perfect. I mess up. I sleep in. I overeat. In the past 11 years, I have gained back some of the weight that I lost and have taken breaks from running. However, when I have set backs, I get back on the horse. This has been hard for me, but I have learned to accept failure and MOVE ON. Gained 15 lbs? Ok- get back to WW, track, run, and it will come back off. Seriously, move on. This has been one of the most valuable lessons. Yes, consistency requires discipline.
Last night we had a meeting at church at 6:30, so I knew dinner had to be quick. I looked in the freezer and saw that we had cooked chicken breasts (score), so I decided to sauté the chicken with peppers and onions and make chicken fajitas.
Beeker and I had them with salsa and sour cream. I decided to cut my tortilla in quarters so that they took me longer to eat. I eat so fast that I sometimes don’t realize I am full! Cutting up my food helps me slow down the truck.
This morning after my run, I refueled with pumpkin oatmeal, coffee, and a giant cup of water.
Lunch will be my standard crock pot vegetables and greek yogurt. I wonder if I will ever get sick of my mini crock pot? I love it so much.
What helps to get you out the door?
How do you stay consistent with your exercise and diet?