Football tailgates, spiked cider, donut holes and food trucks. Fall is in the air and it’s gloriously delicious. Weekends packed with social events where indulging is just part of the deal can make you feel a little slugglish, a little puffy and a little sense of regret come Monday morning.
But, good news…Monday! Monday? Yes, while Mondays aren’t the fan favorite, they represent the chance to hit reset and launch you back into healthy habits. If you’ve ever said “starting Monday, I will…” to undo the nachos or a bit too much pinot, follow these strategies to start your week off right and set yourself up for healthy success:
- Schedule Your Workouts: Put your workouts in your calendar like you would client meetings or doctors appointments—commit to the work outs and plan ahead to make them happen. Look at your schedule, find a few time slots that work, and be proud of yourself when you finish the week completing 100% of the workouts you scheduled.
- Think Fiber First: The easiest way to give your body the nutrient-dense foods it craves is to think of fiber as the center of your meals. Aim for 30 grams of fiber each day by adding fresh fruit and veggies to every meal or sprinkling ground flaxseed into cereal, yogurt, smoothies and soups.
- Get Shopping: Armed with a fiber-first focus, stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein and good fats to prepare meals at home. Overwhelmed by the idea of menu planning? Check out recipes on Fitness Magazine’s blog or the Whole Foods website (or app!)—where you can filter by ingredient or cuisine type.
Start planning and you’ll be set up for a happy Monday and healthy week ahead!