Intensity: Despite spending most of the week either packing or on the road I have felt great about my intensity. I had told myself prior to the week starting, that if I could just get the workouts done that I planned to do, I’ll be happy with that. Because of the way I program my workouts with progressive overload, naturally my workouts will get harder. Having the workouts all planned out is key, so I didn’t have to think about it too much, just get it done. This week I am coming close to ending phase 2 of my 6 phase triathlon training goal. Intensity this week I would rate a 6/10.
Motivation: Again this one has been a doozy. I’ve been busier than ever and I’ve had to really plan and schedule these workouts and make sure I get them done. Motivation to workout has been probably a 2/10. My motivation for cardio though has been a bit higher and am enjoying my cardio sessions in random places all over Canada!
Lessons: One thing that I have learned about myself throughout the years is that I am a creature of habit – this makes uprooting my entire life a challenge, this makes vacations sometimes more mentally exhausting, and this makes going with the flow a struggle at times as well.
I usually enjoy myself a good ole routine, especially a morning one. Get up, make coffee, meditate, eat breakfast, shower etc. I have had many different lifestyle routines and switch them up sometimes when they’re not working for me. Routine is generally a good thing for keeping yourself on track, but life doesn’t always take the same “track”.
So I’ve realized that sometimes your routines get thrown off course, things happen, new jobs, children, a big move in my case. Every time something has changed or I am not able to be in “routine” I have to stick to my daily non negotiables. When I don’t do this I find I am not my best self, I can get moody, I can get down and quiet and shutdown. But when I do the things that I promised myself I would do, that are good for my mental health and well being, then I can live out each day fully with enthusiasm and joy, the way we that we all deserve to!
My three non negotiables at this chapter of my life are:
1- Meditate for 15 minutes
2- Write in my quote journal
3- Some form of movement (usually a workout or cardio or even walk)
Now I realize that I won’t always be able to do these in the order I want to do them in, but bottom line is that they are “non-negotiable” and have to get done no matter what, who, where, when, or why.
Having non-negotiables and doing these things is my form of self care. These things are what keep me well.
What are your daily non-negotiables? What kind of positive habit could you add to your day? What is something you’ve always “wanted to do more of”? How can you ensure this daily task gets done? What is the best way to keep yourself accountable?
Take some time for just yourself each day to do a little self love and self care, no matter how hectic your schedule may be!