I love making plans. Whether it’s a 6 month training plan for an event or meal and workout plans for clients. I love it all.
I realize that not everybody is so hot on developing plans. Especially for things they find difficult such as diet and exercise. This simple system will help you out.
Creating a plan serves two purposes.
1. It gives you something to follow so you don’t’ have to make daily decision.
2. Writing something down creates a commitment to yourself and makes your goals real. It is tough to take a goal serious when you don’t have a plan.
When it comes to weight loss and fitness plans, keep it simple when you first start out. In fact, the more weight you have to lose and the worse your habits are, the more simple your plan can be.
If you look at your diet and see that you eat fast food 5 days a week. Your first plan for eating can be to replace the fast food with something better such as a Subway sandwich or meals you create yourself.
Likewise, if you are completely inactive, it is pretty simple to increase your fitness by adding a few activities. So your first plan can start with No fast food, replace with Subway and walk 5 days per week for 40 minutes. You will want a few more items but that is a great start.
As you get closer to your weight or fitness goal, you will have to become more specific with your plan. When that time comes, you will likely be more motivated and knowledgeable which will make your planning easier. But at first, keep it simple.
The key to a simple plan is to look at your current lifestyle and eliminate a few negative behaviors and replace them with a few positive behaviors.
Here’s an example. After an injury that sidelined me for 6 months, I put on weight, lost muscle, range of motion and cardiovascular fitness. It got pretty bad and I had to get going. But I wasn’t really needing an intricate plan. I just needed to take action. Here is what I put together.
I broke it down into 3 behaviors or steps.
Things I won’t eat: Look at your diet and choose 2 or 3 things that you will eliminate.
Things I will eat daily: Pick 2 or 3 healthy items to put into your diet.
Things I will do: Add 2 or 3 new behaviors that you will do.
Here’s what I did.
My health plan January 1st to January 31st
1. Things I won’t eat
• Potato Chips (my nemesis. I love salty crunchy anything)
• Store bought cookies
• Anything fried (Also an evil love of mine)
2. Things I will eat daily
• At least 1 completely vegetarian meal
• 1550 to 1900 Calories
• 70 oz water
3. Things I will do
• Exercise 6 days per week (2 before work on Mon, Tue- 2 after work on Wed, Thur – 2 on weekend.
• Run 4 days per week (Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun)
• Lift 3x per week (Mon, Wed, Fri)
• Log food (daily as I eat)
Schedule the “Things I will do” or you will find yourself short of your goals come the end of the week and that can derail your efforts.
Simple, right! It’s not detailed or complicated. Notice that I didn’t say how far I will run or long I will workout. That will come later once I get into a groove. Don’t add pressure to a new routine. Making changes is tough enough.
The purpose of my plan was to get me going in the right direction. No paralysis by analysis. And it worked.
Duration of Plan:
At the top of my plan there is a starting and ending date. This is important. At the end of the time frame, I will make a new plan and evaluate how I did with this one. Keep this time frame between 3 weeks and two months. Any less won’t produce any real results and any more and you risk doing something that isn’t working or plateauing with your weight loss and fitness improvements. Some things will stay the same and some items will change. Just keep it simple.
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