Hi friends! Happy Friday! So what’s your plan for the weekend? (hehe had to…)
I.LOVE.TO.PLAN. Yup, I’m a planner. From my weekly meal and workout plans that I share with all of you, to social outings, to outfits, to fitness goals, to trips, to blog posts, to… well you get the idea.
And I’m old fashioned about it.
Yup. Pen, paper and highlighter (obvs color-coded).
Well this new chapter of my life — the life of a post-grad — has certainly been a bit of an adjustment. I have not had much of a plan for my “future.” (ooo big scary word!) But I’m okay with that. I’m 22. Do I know exactly where I’m going? Nope. Maybe I’ll go back to school, maybe I’ll become a personal trainer, maybe I’ll travel Australia (I know two people rooting for this one), maybe I’ll grow at my current job, maybe I’ll find a new one, maybe I’ll move to London and go to Hogwarts. Who knows?!
But… being a person who likes plans and likes sticking to plans to achieve goals (hello half-marathon!) I still need some structure. Thus, my meal and workout plans keep me sane. But what happens when that plan gets derailed?
not maybe a little. Well my workouts did not go according to plan this week.
I was not up for running on Monday — I still had pain in my left abdominal area from my run on Sunday; I spontaneously (yay!) joined a basketball league this week and now have games on Wednesday evenings; and in general, I listened to my body and adjusted my plan accordingly.
My week ended up looking like this:
Recovery run: 5km and stretch Half of an Insanity DVD and stretch
Tuesday: Yoga – CHECK
Insanity 5km run & half of sprint & ab workout in am and basketball game in pm
Friday: OFF – CHECK
Saturday: Run: 16km … that’s the plan
While it was not exactly the plan, I still think I had a solid week of workouts. I ran, stretched, balled, strengthened and rested. And I am feeling good that I will be able to bang out my 16km tomorrow morning.
This was a good experience to have. I learned that it is not the end of the world if things don’t go exactly how I wrote them to go in my little agenda. It’s important to give myself wiggle room because planning is different than obsessing.
But let’s be real: I’m not all of a sudden going to change into Ms. Spontaneous Amy. That’s just not me. I have certainly taken steps towards a more spontaneous direction — I used to plan what I was having for dinner each night but that was making me feel overly planned. So my goal is to be more relaxed about my plans; workout plans and beyond. Sometimes things change and we need to change with them.
Have a fabulous weekend!
ps. Becky, the genius that she is, made yesterday’s easy peasy apple crisp and topped it with PEANUT BUTTER. Oh my gosh how didn’t I think of this?! Apples and PB are almost as amazing and bananas and PB. You continue to amaze me with your PB ways…
Questions of the day…
Fellow planners: Ever get too caught up in “the plan”? How do you ground yourself?
You spontaneous folk: Teach me your ways!
How do you determine your workout schedule?