So it is the second week of the year. The holidays are over, vacations are complete, the airports are becoming sane again and being resolute in the commitments we made over the new year may be becoming a bit harder than we expected. Making resolutions always seems really easy, being resolute is another story entirely. If you are like most Americans, your resolutions centered around 1) health 2) money and/or 3) relationships. So as a RoadWarrior, how do we ensure that our resolutions become habit?
You decide in advance what you will and won’t do and we only make decisions once.
The problem with most ‘resolutions’ is they are focused on the end results and are not date specific. In order to achieve them, we need to focus on the steps that will get us there, this is where the RoadWarrior Rules come in to play.
Let’s hypothetically say your resolution was to lose 10 – 15 lbs.
The first thing you need to do is to set a date. When are you going to lose this weight by? Don’ just ‘Begin with the End in Mind’, clearly define when is the End arriving? A date is what moves a resolution to a goal (we’ll talk about moving the goal to a lifestyle later).
Next we need to set the activities (rules) that need to be followed and excluded until the goal is achieved. This is exactly what the RoadWarrior Fitness rules are all about. They are the Guardrails that set you up for success in your health journey on the road. As a quick review:
- Do something….anything….every day!!! – I really don’t care what it is. Run, lift, do Pilates, hit up a Beachbody DVD, walk the local mall/tourist attraction or train at a local martial arts studio. Heck, I have been known to run on the treadmill in the Admirals Club and have been caught running stairs in the airport. If you are doing more than a day trip, you need to be doing something active.
- If you see fruit, eat it – Often times when you check in to your hotel, there are apples on the counter. Or in the gym, there is a basket of fruit. Or in the airport gift shop, there is a refrigerator with various fruit options. Pretty simple rule, see it….eat it.
- Don’t eat anything fried – For the most part I avoid anything fried while on the road (there is a wonderful place in Fort Lauderdale that has lobster corndogs that I make an exception for though…unbelievably good and you can check them out at coconutsfortlauderdale.com). What this also means is I do not do ‘cheat meals’ on the road as my cheat meal usually involves something fried. Those are saved for being at home with the family where we can enjoy it together.
- Workout first, then you can have wine – I love red wine. I believe there is a reason that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine… just sayin’. However, my rule on the road is I will not have wine (or any other alcohol) if I have not had a workout first.
- Don’t eat in any restaurant you could eat at at home – The restaurants you find at home and on the road are chains. They are all about systems and duplication. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but I want quality and nutrition. Ask the front desk or Yelp/Google/Urban Spoon about whom to go eat with. Every region of the country has a specialty that when prepared right is fantastic tasting and fantastic for you.
Being resolute is a matter of being prepared more than disciplined. Preparation allows you to avoid areas of temptation and put the actions that lead to success first. These are my rules regarding healthy living on the road. Start with your goal and set up the rules that will lead you to success in savings, improving your relationship, spending more time with you kids, whatever. Be resolute. Be better in 2015.
See you on the road.