Healthy “Rules” for Grown Ups – aka the “School Nights” Principle

 

Even health and fitness professionals and professional athletes get in some bad habits now and then and have to make efforts to get back into the healthy swing of things. I seem to have been reminded of this quite a lot lately…

Usually, after a fight a give myself one week to do whatever I like (I call this my week of sloth) and then I get back to the grind of healthy eating and regular workouts. But… sometimes I get a little of track. These past few weeks I was sidelined with post-fight sloth (but that does not excuse me because my fight was over a month ago). I took a trip to Vegas (which is not an excuse either, just a mini vacation where I accepted the consequences of my destination) and then a massive head cold, which I blame on the Vegas smoke and a/c… Anyway, regardless of the cause, let’s just say I have been eating too much ice cream and chips & salsa and skipping too many workouts for my standards.

So to help me get back on track, I am asking that anyone who is interested join me in instating a set of healthy rules for grown ups.

I’m calling these the “SCHOOL NIGHTS RULES.” Remember when you were in school and your parents made up rules like “no staying up past 10 pm” on school nights, or “no TV” on school nights, or “no candy” on school nights. Regardless of how strict your parents where they probably had at least one rule for you on nights you had to be up the next day to focus on learning. Well, how is your work any different or less important now? If anything I would think you would want to be more even functional now when your focus at work determines the success of your career and feeding your family. Continue reading…