Thursday was a long day for me: the kids and I flew from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS in an 8 hour trip. How did I stay committed to my fitness and nutrition goals while boarding flights and wrangling children? I had a plan.
Goals are great, but they don’t mean much without a plan in place to meet them, so I set my alarm to get up early. I had set out my running gear the night before so I could get ready and head out for a run quickly and quietly.
I came home, did the normal morning routine with the kids, got us packed up and even had time to go have a little peaceful coffee break to collect my thoughts for the day before heading off to the airport. I had packed some healthy snacks just in case and once we were in the air, I made healthy choices from the in-flight menu. Believe me, that mac and cheese looked really good but I had decided ahead of time to stick as close to the Lifestyle nutritional guidelines (of the Whole Life Challenge) so fresh veggies it was! I was so proud when my girl chose the veggies for herself too.
Our layover in Toronto was challenging because we only had about 45 minutes before boarding and anyone who’s ever traveled with two spirited children can appreciate the chaos potential. We opted for a ham panini, so I docked myself 1 point for non-compliance (no bread allowed!) but only one error on a travel day felt like a win for me! I didn’t give in to the displays of treats and I even took a few minutes to stretch in the boarding area.
Now that I’m settled (for the time being anyway) in Nova Scotia, staying with my parents (who are amazing to watch my kids while I go run) I’m putting my plan in place. I ran out and bought a new yoga mat so I can keep up with my weekly splits training, I’m continuing with at least 30 minutes of activity a day, and I intend to get a punch pass for the local gym.
It can be too easy to let life take over, but when you have goals in sight and especially when you start feeling the results of working towards those goals, you can’t stop. Make a plan. Change it if necessary, but stick to it. Never stop moving forwards.