What I’ve learned in the first two weeks of the Fittest Loser contest is that Sundays are absolutely crucial to success. If I maximize them, I have a great week; if I waste them, the whole week goes downhill from there.
For instance, on Sundays, I have to meal plan for the breakfasts, lunches, dinners and two daily snacks for the upcoming seven days, and then go grocery shopping. When I come home, I need to grill about eight chicken breasts for the next week’s salads and meals, hardboil eggs for my protein snacks, and wash fruits and veggies so they’re ready to go when I need to eat them. I also need to get my Sunday cardio in at my local gym. Since I get up at 5 a.m. or before on Mondays, I also need to pack my gym bag, including a hair dryer, makeup, hair products and work clothes.
On top of that, the house also needs to be cleaned since Jon and I are both gone constantly from Monday through Friday between work, his school and my workouts. For the two hours or so that I am home and awake each night, I play with the dogs and cook that night’s dinner. Jon is home even less, and has lots of homework to do when he is.
(Note: I am saying “I” throughout most of this since the workout program and what it entails are mine, but Jon helps with a lot of this stuff during the little time he has available so I need to give him credit!)
If I miss any of these steps, the week is off kilter. I’m either short a cardio and need to double up in the gym another day, or I don’t have enough food in the house and end up eating out far too often.
In other words, Sundays are no longer fun days. But they are very important, so I better get going and make the most of this one!