It’s Day 1 of the Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge!
Our health and wellbeing expert, Fiona O’Donnell, explains what’s involved for Day 1 in the video below. We want you to tell us during the challenge how you are getting on so tag us on social using #mkt21days and we’ll give you some encouragement!
Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge: Day 1 – Planning
Today’s challenge is on paper, it doesn’t require you to get out and kick your legs up high or do 100 squats or anything like that. It is a challenge on paper and I’m gonna challenge you to make a plan.
Unless we have a clear idea of how we’re moving forward it’s very difficult to take that first step, so today I would like you to make a little bit of a plan on where you’re going to fit these challenges in. This is going to set you up for the greatest success going forward.
- Are you going to watch your daily challenge video first thing in the morning before kids are out of bed with a cup of coffee?
- Are you going to give it time at lunchtime when you sit down to eat your lunch?
- Are you going to just sit down at six o’clock in the evening, watch your video and do your task then?
The next question I have for you is: When is your energy at its greatest?
Because if your energy is really starting to slump at six o’clock in the evening and I’m gonna put my hand up and say that is definitely me, I make no plans for the evening because my energy is at its lowest then. I’m probably most productive in the morning, so for me that’s when I would be planning to watch these videos and complete the task.
But it’s different for everybody, so I would love for you now to sit and write down when you’re going to fit these tasks in. Remember they’ll take between 5 and 15 minutes each day.
The second thing I’m going to ask you to do is just: Plan today’s food
Plan what you’re going to have for breakfast, plan what you’re going to have for lunch, plan what you’re going to have for dinner. If you’re watching this in the evening, plan for tomorrow.
I think sometimes when we talk about planning our meals people think they have to do it for seven days in advance, and that’s simply not true.
Plan first for small pockets of time so that you don’t get overwhelmed, and you don’t have to have a rock solid plan. Just make it a flexible plan that’s going to allow you to remove the decision fatigue that we all experience around food.
Open one of your cookbooks, open something online, do a search on Instagram that says ‘dinner ideas’ and plan what you’re going to eat tomorrow.
Give yourself the opportunity to not have to make that decision for yourself tomorrow or later on this evening. That’s your first challenge!
The very first thing we’re going to give ourselves is some headspace by planning, so that we don’t have to make those decisions on when to engage in our task or what we’re going to eat on a daily basis.
I look forward to hearing from you and what your plans are. If you’d like to tag me @fionaodonnell.ie on Instagram or @fionaodonnellmsc on facebook, I’d love to hear your plans for the next couple of days.
If you have any questions throughout the Challenge, email Fiona or send her a message on Instagram, Facebook and use hashtag #mkt21days to let us know how you are getting on with the Challenge!