Yup. This just happened. I’m so thankful for all of my followers!
-a few lists and screenies
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- Maintain a regular sleeping pattern. Your body isn’t going to do well if you’re staying up past midnight only to take naps mid afternoon. You’ll be a lot more productive by keep to your normal sleep times. Wake up early, go to bed as early as you can. Irregular sleeping will just give you extra munchies in the morning and throughout the day.
- Promise yourself to stay away from fast food, chips, and ice cream during these weeks. Yes, you might get hungry. You will get the munchies. You will want a quick fix! But stopping by McD’s for that McGriddle and latte only to be hungry again an hour later isn’t going to get you very far during the week leading up to finals! You need to discipline yourself so that you’re not tempted to just drive over to the nearest Kwik-E-Mart or Taco Bell when you get the munchies. Instead, plan meals accordingly. Don’t be afraid to eat an extra serving to keep you full longer. Now isn’t the time to be skimping on meals or experimenting with smaller portions! An extra serving of complex carbs during a meal will go a longer way than many mindless snacks throughout the day, not to mention will pack on less calories.
- Sip on water constantly (preferably through a straw). This is so important! When we’re stressed and busy we tend to forget to hydrate. Symptoms of irregular water intake are similar to having the munchies. So sip on water while you study. Not only will you be well hydrated and alert, you will be less tempted to find a distraction away from studying since sipping/chewing on a straw provides that perfect distraction for you.
- Take breaks with physical activity. We tend to get complacent and stay distracted for too long during a break on tumblr or video games. “Just 10 minutes and I’ll go back to studying” often turns into 3 hours. At the start of your break do a quick 1 minute circuit exercise to get your heart rate and adrenaline up. Not only will you feel more alert, less lethargic, you might even become extra motivated to end your break early to finish whatever it is you’re working on. You might not even be able to sit still and end up being motivated to knock out a full workout which can relieve some of your stress. I recommend studying or doing homework for 20 minutes, then taking a break for 5-20 minutes, repeat.
- Prioritize. Many of us have fitness/weight goals. During this time of year it’s going to be really hard to focus on everything you need to focus on at the same time. So don’t! Push your fitness and health goals off to the side for a week or two (or three). Don’t let the feeling of obligation and commitment to do something each day stress you out. And certainly don’t beat yourself up over it if you’re too busy because of school. It’s okay to push these things off to the back burner temporarily in order for you to do your best on your finals.
Such a sweet comment. Thank you dear ♥
|I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself |
-- Simone de Beauvoir
I don’t. Who says you have to? I prioritize—and there’s nothing wrong with this. You gotta snap out of that “all of nothing” mentality. Taking a break for a while isn’t the end all for your journey. You don’t magically go back to square one. You don’t magically lose all of your progress. Poor habits can reverse the progress, but that’s another story!
Eating healthy is more of a lifestyle depending on your habits. If you’re used to rolling out of bed late because you stayed up late & slept in, then grabbed a quick shitty breakfast like a bagel, then got fast food for lunch, snacked on doritos all day, and ate something crappy for dinner then that’s a behavioral habit. You have to put forth the time and effort to pre-plan your meals, get the ingredients, prep&cook the meal, then eat it. A lot of it comes down to discipline. I had to discipline myself not to simply stop by Chipotle after work. I had to discipline myself not to spend money on fast food and Starbucks. The rest isn’t that difficult.
As for exercise, well it’s not the biggest contributing factor to your progress (weight loss, strength, endurance, speed, etc). People have this idea that the time spent at the gym is where progress happens. The time you’re running on the treadmill that you’re getting stronger, or when you’re doing that extra barbell curl, etc. That’s simply wrong. You don’t improve or gain strength at the gym. That happens during rest when your body repairs itself. You don’t need to go to the gym every day to see progress. Athletes DON’T train hours a day to achieve that kind of fitness—they already have that level of fitness so they CAN train that much. It’s a flipped mentality. I went nearly 2 weeks without lifting and when I came back I had moved up 5lbs in weights. To me, those extra rest days are what helped me improve… and that’s sometimes I wouldn’t have achieved if I had not missed those 12 or so days at the gym. So don’t worry about not being able to workout for a few days at a time.
And that my friend is the perspective I hold toward getting exercise and eating healthy on a busy day. If I’m too tired to put effort into cooking and working out I don’t do it. The rest is more beneficial to me than a half-assed day to both my body and my soul. :)