I’ve sooooooo been there.
As a psychologist working in elementary schools for many years, I remember the back-to-school craziness like it was yesterday:::
- Staff rooms overflowing with baked goods
- Gertrude from the front desk bringing in her famous cookies every damn day.
- Well meaning administrators announcing that they are providing pizza for lunch
- Oh, and served alongside the pizza are a variety of sodas. And no, there isn’t a La Croix at the bottom of the ice chest. I looked.
- Did I mention the centerpieces for the pizza party are bowls of candy?
Haha…you get it 😉
And that’s just the food craziness! With longer work days to kick off the school year + to super fun staff meetings after school + to the energy it takes to keep up with 20-30 kids all day…if you work in schools you very often come home EXHAUSTED!
You’re driving home thinking “Wine and Couch” more than “Weights and Cardio.”
But here’s the thing:::
What you do from DAY #1 is what you’ll do on Day #180. Simply put…how you start the school year sets the tone for the rest of the year.
On Day #1, if you are eating cookies in the break room…guess what you’ll allow yourself to do on Day #34?
On Day #1, if you get up early and workout…guess what you’ll be doing on Day #22?
So here are 5 WAYS to set yourself up for success from DAY #1:::
1) Schedule your workouts and make that time the most important date of your day
As women, we tend to keep our promises and commitments to urrrbody else…but SO easily break the promises we make to ourselves. We set our alarms and tell ourselves “I’m going to work out tomorrow morning!” and thennnnn when 5:30am comes around, we hit snooze and tell ourselves “I will workout later…I need the sleep.”
Schedule those workouts woman and keep your commitments to yo’ self! 😉
2) Get yourself some accountability!
Maybe a fellow teacher wants to run the same half marathon in a few months? Or you join one of the online accountability groups that I host each month? Or you kickstart a friendly weight loss competition at your school?
Bottom line is you don’t have to do this alone…plus it’s way more fun with awesome women by your side!
3) Decide your own rules
When I was in schools, the food provided at birthday parties, holidays, staff meetings, you name it was VERY rarely healthy. I would often me tempted and think “OH just one small plate” and well…that was NOT a successful plan for this girl. Especially when potato chips are involved…
So after a year or two I just decided to make it easy.
MY RULE: Zero touching food at school.
Was it always easy? Not at first…but after a while it was! I didn’t need to do the mental game of “Should I or shouldn’t I?” and I just packed my own healthy stuff.
sidenote: yes, your fellow teachers will tease you. 😉 But you are an adult…so choose to laugh and do your thang. It’s NOT rude to pass on birthday cake. And I guarantee you that you’ll actually INSPIRE others.
4) Meal prep on Sundays and Wednesdays.
People think they need to meal prep for the entire week. Not only will many fresh foods go a little yucky by Thursday/Friday…but it can get a little old eating the same stuff on repeat.
So order your groceries to come on Sunday and then on Wednesday (Amazon Fresh is free delivery for Prime members and will save you a TON of time that you would otherwise spend grocery shopping. So you know…you have more time to work out 😉 ).
Then just do mini meal prep sessions. I would prep healthy + easy foods to pack:
- I’d bake a few chicken breasts to shred for salads + wraps
- Cook up some quinoa and/or brown rice to portion out
- I always pay a little extra for the pre-cut fruit and veggies
- For dinners, I always would plan easy dinners on nights I knew I’d be most tired. Look for ones with 3-6 ingredients and easy prep!
5) Choose to fuel yourself smart
Let’s face it. Sometimes in schools we need a little pick-me-up to get through the day. But SO many of the “caffeine drinks” teachers are consuming these days are disastrous to their health/fitness goals! If you are drinking a Vanilla Latte each morning, you are throwing down 250 calories + 37 grams of carbs before 8am. (BTW…this WAS my ME before I made some changes! LOL!)
So put down the Red Bull, Rockstar, that Frappy thing with whipped cream and choose a better caffeine alternative. My votes are black coffee (with a dash of cream if you like) or something hydrating like Energize!
Alright ladies! KNOW that you CAN rock this school year! And it starts on Day #1 😉
Thanks so much for reading,