Monday, August 24, 2015
So with a work schedule that is unfortunately unreliable and ever-changing, I spent a month or two trying to make my cheat/rest day coincide with one of my days off. Well, that doesn't always work so well when my days off come close together, followed by working 9 days straight with no break. And then after spending a day eating whatever and not working out, it made it so much harder to come back to my normal routine. Not to mention I was just ignoring things I should have been doing to make my life easier, like meal prep. All in all, chaos. And chaos and stress, for me, are not conducive to making healthy choices.
On tumblr, there's a blog called "Unf*ck Your Habitat". It encourages cleanliness and organization, focusing on taking things little by little. And one of the most helpful things is that every night, they reblog this little daily checklist - wash your dishes, pack your lunch, etc. If I was goofing around on the internet and saw that, I'd stop and make sure I'd done everything on that list that applied to me.
But that was the thing; not everything applied to me. And there were things that I needed to be doing that weren't on that list. So over the past week, I've developed a system that works for me. I've taken a great customizable list app and used it to develop a series of daily and weekly checklists for myself. It makes it quick and painless to run through the things I need to do, without scrambling at the last minute and forgetting half of them.
In the evening, I use Spark to plan my meals for the next day, then I make and pack those meals. As well as other various little things like cleaning the cat box and making sure to bring a fresh set of clothes if I'm going to my second job. In the morning, I make sure to throw stuff from the fridge into my purse, turn my phone off of airplane mode, etc.
And I have elected to keep the weekends as my rest/cheat days, whether I work or not. I also have split it up - Saturday is my cheat day, but I still have to work out. Sunday is my rest day, but I still have to eat healthy. So I get the break, but not going completely off the rails helps me maintain my routine.
I also added fun things like painting my nails, and taking time to write. It's so easy to get lost in the stress of the work week, especially if it's a job, like mine, that you don't particularly enjoy. I can't cut out everything that annoys me, but I can eliminate the stress that I put upon myself unnecessarily. And that's a big step towards feeling satisfied and eager to remain healthy.