May 11, 2015

5 Tips For Getting Back into A Routine

My mojo has been missing lately, and I'm over it! I haven't been following a running training plan or scheduling out my weeks. Lots of missed workouts, shorter runs, and not enough stretching & yoga.  Also I've been really slacking on my greens and water intake (as I try to to drink a Gundalow green juice after an indulgent wedding weekend).  Side note, the Tone it Up ladies posted a great list of how to bounce back eating-wise after an indulgent weekend. 

I like being flexible with my schedule and being comfortable with getting in what I can when things come up throughout the week #wycwyc).  It's the only way I stay sane. That meant when I woke up feeling under the weather on Saturday and had to travel to a wedding later, I did 4 miles instead of the 8 I had planned. That meant eating out for dinner many times this week due to birthday celebrations.  

With being busy at work, vacation, social events, and my birthday, I've gotten off track. Before the start of a new week and as the spring/summer only proves to be busier, I want to get things in line again. 

Being organized keeps me happy, less anxious, and more productive!

Getting my life re-organized is easier said than done. 
Here's 5 ways I'm setting myself up for this week:

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1. Drink more water. 

With the warmer weather I have definitely been noticing  that I am more dehydrated and really need to step up my water intake, especially when outdoor are in the mix.  You here this advice so often because it's so important! More water makes your body happy & balanced, gives you clearer skin, and gets rid of bloat. I'm aiming for half my body weight in ounces in water each day based. I use a 32 oz. water bottle so I only have to drink 2 bottles a day which makes it easier for me.  

 2. Go to bed at a reasonable time.

This is probably the hardest one for me. I'm a night owl, but have been in this awful pattern for months and months now of staying up late, sleeping in later because I need sleep, and repeat. If I go to bed earlier I can workout before work and not feel completely like death all morning.  This will definitely help me to fit in all my workouts. The less I need to do after work the better, especially with a full calendar these days.  


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Truth {from Skreened}

3. Write Everything Down.  
I updated my planner with all my upcoming scheduled events and dates. If I do not write everything down, I can't remember everything or plan efficiently!  I also I use the Believe training journal from professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas this year and love it. I'm old school and like physically writing down my workouts and mileage, while also making a list of my workout plans for the week 

4. Get inspired. 
Besides all the daily inspiration I see from people I follow online, friends, and fellow fit friends, I find motivation in reading books and magazines like Runner's World.  Seeing other people make things happen encourages me to get back on track. Also there are inspiring stories, new workouts interesting recipes, and plenty more to make me excited about the week.  

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Some weekend reading
5. Make a list and check it twice. 
I'm a huge fan of lists. It is my favorite way to stay organized because I have everything I need to do written down right in front of me and can check tasks off as I complete them. I have a list for shopping, lists of things to do , a blog checklist, and lists of snacks and dinners to make. I find that having organized lists and making my routine, workouts, and scheduled tasks a priority will make this more a habit.  If that means less TV at night so I get on to bed earlier or less time surfing the internet to get through my to-do list, that's how it will have to be to get my routine to stick! 

How do you get back into a routine? What's your favorite way to stay organized?

28 comments:

  1. Yep. I could use some of these right about now. Although I have the bed one down...since getting back from england, I think the latest I have got into bed is 9:30pm....earliest being 8:15 haha, like an old lady, but I actually like it. Writing everything down really helps doesn't it? Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Ah well that's good-I'm still awful at the whole sleep thing. I've got post-its and lists everywhere!

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  2. Great tips. I've fallen off the wagon with going to bed early. Thank you for the little nudge to work on drinking more water.

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    1. Glad to have helped. It's so easy to fall out of those good habits.

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  3. I am all about writing things down and making lists! I love the feeling of being able to check things off my list. I need to work on my water intake now that its gotten hot out again. Life has definitely been crazy lately for me too...the only way I stay on track with everything is waking up early!

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    1. Yes, checking off lists is so satisfying!

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  4. getting enough sleep is key for me and the water. I also write everything down and try to stick to the same workout schedule each week. We all lose our mojo once in a while. Hang in there.!

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    1. Thanks so much. Glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  5. i need that shirt! lol! i think the time change does it in for me. Ugh. Working on it. MORE SLEEP!

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    1. I believe it. I need more sleep and can't burn the candle on both ends like I used to

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  6. Sleep, water and some meal prep for me. A short run doesn't hurt either. I kind of need that shirt now...

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    1. Yep I find some exercising helps, especially with me getting sleepy!

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  7. Great tips. I'm organized about some things, but not everything in my life...I do get enough sleep. I love to sleep.

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    1. Ah lucky for you. I love sleep too. It doesn't help that I have a comfy bed!

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  8. Just what I needed. I'm trying to get back on track and back into routine myself! These are many of the things I'm working on as well. I also have to write a to do list every morning or night before to keep myself on track or else things want get done!

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  9. I needed to read this today! I'm ready to get back on track.

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    1. Glad to give you a nudge-it's hard to get back on the wagon sometimes.

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  10. Sleep is the hardest thing for me. If I could nail that down I would be good to go! Hope you get your mojo back soon. I seem to go in cycles where it ebbs and flows, I think it's pretty normal!

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    1. I KNOW. I don't know why it's so hard to just get in bed at a decent hour every night.

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  11. Yes yes and yes! You'll get your mojo back. Sending sunshine vibes your way! I love my journal too, because it makes it easier for me to see where I was and where I'm at currently. I would die without my lists. I swear I make one for everything! I meal prep when I'm getting out of a rut. It helps me focus knowing that the food part is out of the equation.

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    1. Thanks so much :) I need to start meal prepping more too.

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  12. Making a list of to do items is a great way for me to get back into the swing of things! It can be chaos, but a list will bring me back into focus.

    Thanks for sharing your tips at Inspire Me Mondays!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Seems a lot of people are still list-lovers!

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  13. I am also having to force myself to drink more and more water! With the heat it is so hard to get enough!

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    1. I know-I've definitely noticed I'm thirstier with the warmer weather.

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  14. Great tips, and I'm going to get some water right now, thanks for the reminder! I find that once you get into a groove, it's easy to maintain. These tips are great for getting back into good habits.

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    1. Exactly, once it becomes habit it's easy. Getting there is the battle!

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