Mondays matter more than any other day of the week.
This is because your actions on Monday set the tone for your entire week. Start out on the wrong foot and it could take days to get back on track.
Mondays are like mornings. If you win your mornings, you’re usually going to win your day.
When you exercise on Monday, you’re going to set yourself up to have an active and fit week. When you show up prepared and rested on a Monday, the rest of the week flows with successes and wins.
Fact: When you get that Monday workout in, you’re 4 times more likely to get in a Tuesday workout… and that Tuesday workout leads to getting workouts in the rest of the week.
On the flip side, when you don’t show up on a Monday with your A-game then you’re left chasing the rest of the week and playing a game of catch up.
This is true for your fitness, health, mindset and work.
When you choose to skip your workout on Monday and eat whatever is quick and available rather than what’s healthy, then you’ve started the week on the wrong foot, and you will spend the next several days backsliding away from your goals.
Missing a Monday typically leads to an unintended shift in your mindset. We rationalize that we will get back on track tomorrow.
“Wait….next Monday! That makes more sense…because you have to begin on a Monday. Right?
But it’s the middle of the month and that’s just weird. I’ll start back on the 1st.
Then again, it’s almost January and I’ll be really motivated in January.”
This mindset shift happens all the time in every aspect of our lives and we don’t even realize we are finding ways to justify NOT doing something.
But our intentions were good. My wife has told me on multiple occasions that the road to hell was paved with good intentions.
The fastest way to the top in fitness and health is to show up Mondays rested, prepared, and ready to dominate. Never miss a Monday again.
Embrace Monday with enthusiasm and vigor.
Let’s make this week count!
Skipping out on exercise on Monday in order to make yourself feel better? Think again.
Research shows that the endorphins (happy hormones!) released during exercise makes you feel better, increases your self-esteem, and reduces anxiety.
So if you’d like to walk into work on Monday feeling good, with increased self-esteem, and reduced anxiety then grab an early morning workout instead of another hour of sleep.
Squash and Fennel Salad
This salad wins the award of the most refreshing side dish ever! The combined essence of fennel and lemon give ordinary zucchini extraordinary flavor in this simple, invigorating salad. Consider it your new go-to side dish to enjoy with grilled steak or chicken.
Here’s another flavorful reason to ask more from your side dishes. Do you really need traditional, grain-filled noodle salads when it’s possible to create a veggie noodle salad like this instead? This one tastes better and is better for you…one bite and you’ll see what I mean.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
For the Squash and Fennel Salad
- 2 green zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 fennel bulb and fronds
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
For the Lemony Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons fennel fronds, minced
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Use a veggie peeler to turn the zucchini and squash into long, flat noodles. Cut the fennel bulb in half, and then slice into thin half moons.
- Throw the squash noodles and fennel slices into a large colander and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Mix the salt into the veggies and let sit for 20 minutes over a plate. Squeeze the veggies gently to release excess water and transfer to a salad bowl.
- In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients. Toss the dressing with the veggies and chill until serving. Enjoy!
One serving equals: 81 calories, 7g fat, 5g carbohydrate, 2g sugar, 489mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 1g protein.