First off, please forgive my dated faux pas. I wrote this last week and can’t change the title…but planner planning is planning! 🙂
I often comment on how the universe seems to know what you’re looking for before you do–and in this case, I’m totally right. I think my newfound love of all things planner is pretty obvious, so when I found the Plan With Me linky hosted by Meghan at Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris, I couldn’t wait to share the most important planner in my life right now: my fitness planner.
My fitness planner has become my biggest ally this summer as I work toward that -forever- goal of becoming healthier over a teacher’s summer break. It’s more than just weight loss for me–it’s activity, nutrition, hydration and even mental motivation for me.
I am a person who absolutely loves intense, bright colors. I like pastels, too, but there’s something inviting about strong colors. This has made my fitness planner so much more valuable to me. I don’t put it away when it’s decorated. I leave it out and open on the dining room table so that it draws me in and continues to refocus my attention back to it when my negative behaviors (ignoring a workout because I’m tired, eating some bit of garbage because I’m bored, feeling like I haven’t lost enough weight or inches for others to see) might tip me in the direction of believing my actions toward healthy aren’t important, because they are. Supremely. Every action matters.
In order to make this planner so integral to my healthy process, I have to start each week ready to go. My weeks start on Monday in my mind, so my planner reflects that. My tastes in my planner decoration changes
daily hourly weekly…lol! I currently have a basic lineup of stickers, stamps, pens and markers that I am loving and using each week. I’ve forgotten where some of them have come from. Here’s the lineup of what I’m using this week:
21 Day Fix Printable Stickers from Chickadee Design Company at Etsy
Workout Motivation Printable Stickers from Pink Limeade Designs at Etsy
Oh So Chic Printable Planner Stickers from Miss Danielle Designs at Etsy
I Love Lists Printable Journal Cards Freebie by Creativity Prompt
2015 Planner from Plum Paper Designs at Etsy
I’ve chosen printable stickers rather than already-cut stickers for my fitness planner for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly, already-cut stickers are expensive. With printable stickers, all I need to do is fill my printer paper tray with sticker paper (reasonably priced at Target, Staples, Walmart, etc.) and I don’t mind cutting them out. (It’s actually quite therapeutic to me…!). I can print as many as I want, as often as I want. Secondly, the printable stickers are exactly what I want for the fitness tracking. I try hard to eat according to the 21 Day Fix, and love the simplicity of being able to track my nutrition and water intake by coloring in a bubble. I can print off a sheet in advance and cut it as I need it. (I tend to like printable stickers with straight edges as they’re much easier to cut than stickers with intricate designs. I might go to pre-cut stickers if that were the case as my scissor skills show my impatience…lol!)
So with all that said, let’s get to the good stuff! Let’s put together next week’s fitness planner spread. First, let’s gather everything we need, including my hot-mess-ball of washi tape:
When I printed my first 21 Day Fix sticker sheet, I placed all the stickers on the left side of the page at one time. This is the last week I have them already on the page. (If you’re curious, the second image is next week’s completely naked spread so you can see what the Plum Paper planner looks like.)
I’m going to start by lining the box headers with washi tape. Sorry, I don’t remember where I got this roll, and I promise it won’t be as gaudy as last week’s wild carnival colored bubbles. I’m in the mood for understated 🙂
The first stickers I place aren’t the most important, but I need to put them on due to size. I am a list lover, and these journal cards just make terrific planner stickers. What will I list on them? I’ll figure that out later depending on my week. But aren’t they cute?
Now I’ll get the page gussied up with the stickers that give me the most motivation. I call these my ‘put up or shut up’ stickers: the stickers where I note the workout that I do on that day. Every day gets a ‘put up or shut up’ sticker. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I’m shouting that for myself, not you 😉 I’ve discovered that I’m far more likely to keep to a workout plan (which is working out 30 minutes a day, no excuses) if I document it afterwards instead of planning it ahead of time. I know that differs from what many folks say is the key to success, but it just works for me that way.
I like to leave a little space at the top of each day to add a paw print sticker that signifies a morning walk with Miss O. Some days we get longer walks, some days shorter or no walk until afternoon, but it’s a happy reminder of our time together.
The last pieces I’ll add to my pages are super fun. I use the blank space in the banners to note my FitBit steps. (Wanna be friends? Search me at FitBit using my firstname.lastname@example.org email address). It’s terrifically motivating to see those numbers across the bottom.
And with that, we’re done! For this week, anyway, my fitness planner will hang out on the dining room table to remind me with a glance that action matters and to give me joy in the journey.
Do you have a fitness planner? I would absolutely love to see a post on how you set it up and use it–I think the best ideas come from other teachers.
Want to be more inspired? Stop by the other blogs in this linky for wonderful ideas and suggestions on how to make your planner a bigger, better part of your day. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for some terrific prizes!
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