It’s All in The Planning:
So … I have been sick for the last couple of weeks and thought maybe this is a good time to touch on how i deal with training through various ‘obstacles’…one being sickness. Sorry the BLOG has suffered in this time frame too!
1) Sickness 2) Un-Foreseen events such as weather/school closings/kids home sick! 3) Vacations/out of town meetings
1) SICKNESS: My Philosophy in general, is that: neck up…no fever…and manageable with over the counter meds…gym training as usual. *( please note..no one wants to spread sickness at the gym, however I find it is between the gym and Wal Mart that I catch colds…so I can’t live in a bubble). Yes you may feel week, you may feel blah, but it is important to maintain scheduled lifting and cardio days even if it is a light ‘going through the motions’ workout, and a long walk o n the treadmill. I find that my energy level comes and goes thru sick days, and while prepping for shows it is inevitable that i will have some sort of cold/adversity to keep me from my 100% workouts. 2) WEATHER! ( weather/school closings/kids home sick) So your local meteorologist and you are not seeing eye to eye when it comes to training..what do you do?! How do you manage?! Key as always is to BE PREPARED! Yes, it is winter. Yes, it will snow…question is WHEN..EASY! pull up the Weather Channel online on the tv…watch the news. Iphone that info. Then make plan and preparations for terrible weather. You and everyone else will be heading to the grocery store of staples like toilet paper, milk and bread….make sure you are stocked on proteins, greens and clean carbs too! Prepare your meals to take with you in case you get stuck out of the house, and have a weekly plan for cardio alternatives and lifting alternatives. I sometimes see weather delays as a perfect opportunity for well needed REST! However, the diet needs to be in check, and there needs to be a definite plan of attack for a week calling for SNOW, ICE, RAIN …what have you. Adjust your workouts around the weather, rest on the days you are isolated, and don’t let it destroy weeks and weeks of hard preparation!
3) VACATIONS/ OUT OF TOWN MEETINGS This is also something where I feel you most likely KNOW well ahead of time what is coming …so all you need to do is PLAN FOR IT! Plan for meals out, days lacking full throttle gym and/or cardio. Know that you have complete control of what you are eating and how to order straight from a restaurant menu! Keeping control of your intake is key on vacations and out of town business trips, there are moments where it may be OK to indulge and treat yourself. But be honest to what you are eating, why you are eating it and how that will affect your contest training and prep. I always stay at hotels with a gym, so that no matter how LAME the workout equipment may be, there is no excuse! Use it and get creative with what you are dealt! Cardio can be as easy as walking on a treadmill, or the BEACH, or laps at an outlet mall, or lunges down the hotel hallway. You may be ‘off’ of regular training routine, but again PLAN for it and you will not be unraveling weeks and weeks’ worth of hard work!
ITEMS To have on hand: In case of emergencies around meal time I ALWAYS have either a Fill Shake N Go in my car console or a sample pack of protein!! Other grab it and have it items are the About Time Granola Clusters, the meal replacement bars, and I usually have a 100 calorie pack of Almonds stashed in my purse/gym bag! BE PREPARED not HUNGRY!! :)