Motivation

The Importance of Routine

Getting ready for a competition isn’t easy. A lot of people think the hardest part is the training, and although working out consistently is important, staying organized and disciplined the remaining 22-23 hours is when the going gets tough.

As many have said: anyone can workout for an hour, the hard work is outside the gym. Just like anything in life, to achieve your fitness goals you need to put in effort consistently. And here is where creating your own daily routines comes in.

Organizing your day around your personal goals will help you stay on track. That doesn’t mean following a strict schedule – having a clear order of your priorities for the day can be of great help too!

For example, as I’m preparing for a fitness competition, my training and nutrition are top priorities. Therefore, my days usually start with a workout. This way I can tick one of my top priorities before other things get in the way. When it comes to food, I do have a meal schedule however it is flexible and I try to eat every 2-3 hours to prevent my body from going in starvation mode and feeding on my (little) muscles.

Although most parts of my day are flexible, my mornings and evenings tend to be quite structured. I usually have a list of small tasks which form my ‘evening routine’ –  unpacking and repacking my gym kit, prepping my supplements for the next morning, choosing my office outfit, washing the dishes and finally spending some time reading in bed before I nod off.

Having this little routine eases the stress in the morning and allows me to focus on other things, such as my posing practice discussed earlier.

So if you have been struggling to achieve your goals and have been feeling overwhelmed lately, take a look at your daily life and see where you can add some structure. This will give you a sense of direction and a peace of mind. You will feel like you have a plan and that you are taking small measurable steps towards your goal every day.

Here are my tips to get started:

  1. Ask yourself what is it that you really want to achieve in the coming months and years. What is it that you must do each and every day without fail to achieve this goal?
  2. Make a list of those things and see where you can fit them in your day on a regular basis. Can you dedicate your evenings or mornings to working on your dreams?
  3. Once you are set on your top daily priorities and where they fit in your daily schedule, start by trying to tick off at least one of those each and every day.
  4. Remember to think in advance – if you foresee any busy and tough periods ahead make sure you re-adjust your routines without dropping your priorities too further down the list (i.e. Try to keep doing the bare minimum at least, so that you don’t loose the momentum of moving towards your goal)

Good luck!

WW

Motivation

A day in the life of…

Many people ask me why I decided to do this fitness competition. They wonder why I put myself through strict food intake and training schedule. Why do I sacrifice certain things…

You see, to me it is not a sacrifice or a struggle. Is it hard at times? Yes, of course. But I see this as a personal challenge. I decided to challenge myself to be healthier, fitter and more confident (especially on stage). I challenged myself to get to know my body better and learn to appreciate it. And what is life without a bit of a challenge?

I do believe that in life we should always challenge ourselves to do better, learn new things and improve ourselves. Whether those challenges are ones which life throws at us (yes everyone has a struggle of some sorts) or whether they are ones we have consciously decided to set for ourselves, challenges are necessary for us to change and grow.

After the why’s come the how’s. How do I do what I do? How do I train? How do I prep my food? How do I keep going? Well let me take you through a typical training day.

My alarm goes off at 5.15am and I spend a few minutes wondering why am I doing this… Kidding! Although there are times when I do struggle to get out of bed so early I always remind myself of my goals and what I want to achieve. I have my first meal (out of 7) of the day and spend about 30 – 40 minutes stretching and practicing my stage routine. I then prepare my post-workout supplements and protein shake and get ready to hit the gym.

At 7am I meet my coach Adrianna and we start off our weight training session of the day. We are usually done by around 8am and after a short stretch, I get ready for work and take my post-workout shake.

I’m usually in the office by 9am and tend to stay there until… well until the work gets done or I get too tired – whichever comes first. Typically I would leave my desk between 7pm and 8pm, however there are days when I stay until 9.30pm. I have about 5 meals during my time in the office – a combination of protein and vegetables (with only the first meal having carbs).

Once I get home, I would prepare for the next day. Luckily I am currently using a meal prep company and rarely have to cook, however prior to this I would typically cook large batches on the weekend and freeze my meals (the only fresh meal back then was my evening tuna salad).

When all is set I have my last meal of the day in front of the telly or in bed with a book. I take my bedtime supplements and get ready for bed. I try to be in bed by 10pm, although if I have stayed late in the office I may not go to sleep until as late as 11.30pm.

So there you are – a typical day in my life. Not as hard as people would think, but not as exciting J I do however do spend some time on Tuesday nights with friends as my rest day is Wednesday and of course I make sure my weekends are packed with entertainment.

Do I have any regrets? No. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Do I miss anything? Well it’s all down to getting in to a routine… but I do miss freshly baked bread with butter (yup, on my list for next cheat meal!).

Can anyone do this? Of course! All you need is to find a motivating factor – something strong enough to pull you through the ups and downs of life (because there are always some obstacles on the way!) as you attempt to challenge yourself to be healthier and fitter.

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A good way to finding a strong driving force is asking yourself everyday if you can go to bed knowing that you have done your best. This is a trick shared by crossfit athlete Camille Le Blanc who I had the please of meeting last month here in Dubai. So tonight, when you go to bed ask youreslf – are you proud of your daily achievements?

Yours truly,

WW