I’ll Start Monday (Promise)

I have heard this sentence hundred thousand times. At least. I have probably said or thought this sentence hundred thousand times myself. Because it’s easier to start Monday, right? I have got SOOO much on this weekend, it’s impossible to start a diet/healthy lifestyle/good habit (choose your favourite) today. It will have to be Monday. Monday is a better day. Fresh start. I don’t have anything on on Monday. Not Tuesday either, so Monday will be good. I will start Monday. I promise. Let me tell you a secret; You will have something on next weekend. And then there is that wedding coming up. Oh, and the weekend away you have been planning for six months. Then it’s your daughter’s 3rd birthday (gonna have to try the cakes before serving them!!). After that it’s your birthday and then suddenly bikini season is upon you and the Mondays came and went. You probably started a few Mondays, but then something happened, you slipped, fell off the horse and felt like the whole world was crashing down and everything was ruined, so better just wait until next Monday to start over again. Monday Diet

What is it about Mondays that is so good? Why does all new and healthy habits have to start on a Monday? I don’t get it. If you plan on changing your life on a Monday, take all your bad habits out and replace them with fantastic, healthy habits all in one day, you are setting yourself up for failure. Especially on a Monday. Many people I know, don’t even like Mondays for starters and they choose to make them into that sad day when they will never eat sugar again, they will get up at 5AM every morning to exercise and they will only have salad for lunch. Diet Monday

Picture yourself after a great weekend. You had a lovely three course dinner on Friday night (and probably a bottle of wine by the end of the night). On Saturday you had lunch with a girlfriend (the muffin you had afterwards just looked too good not to have!!). Then your significant other surprised you with homemade dinner with dessert (can’t say no when he has finally cooked, right?). Sunday lunch with the family and your favourite TV show Sunday night with a last little treat before your new life starts on Monday morning!

Then, BANG, Monday morning you drag yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5AM – you promised you would do it! Off to the gym, an hour of hard cardio to start off the week. You eat an apple on your way to work and skip your usual latte (because you should really not drink that much coffee, so you start that today too, because it is Monday after all!) and have a lovely (not so filling and satisfying though) salad for lunch. Ah, that feels good. You Tweet about how good you have been. Post a picture of your lunch on Instragram with hashtags #healthylifestyle, #diet, #feelgood and #day1. 3 o’clock comes along and your stomach is growling at you, because it’s hungry. You’re tired and those chocolates in your drawer for emergencies are looking better and better. You stay strong, because you started today, you are on a diet. You can do this! 5PM you rush out of the office, giving yourself a pad on the back for not having those chocolates. Traffic home is a killer, you are getting angry, beep at cyclists, get annoyed at old ladies driving like mad men. You walk in the door at home, hungrier than ever, franticly going through the pantry and the fridge. There is nothing there you can eat! Nothing!! You ask your husband what he wants for dinner. He suggests pizza. “Pizza? I can’t have pizza! I’m on a diet! I’m so hungry. I want something now. There’s nothing here. Pizza? Mm, pizza sounds great, if we order now, I will be eating in 15 minutes. Oh my God, yes. I want pizza! Can you order?”

15 minutes later you are enjoying your tasty pizza, thinking to yourself “Oh well, I’ll just start Monday. I have so much on this week anyway, it will be impossible to do it this week.” Tuesday morning you drag yourself out of bed, have a shower and go straight to work, with a nice big latte in your hand, have your usual toasted sandwich with chips for lunch and a sneaky chocolate bar at 3 o’clock with your third latte for the day, thinking that Monday will be good. I’ll start Monday. Promise! Mondays

Does this sound somehow like you? I have a really good idea! One thing at the time. Baby steps. One bad habit at a time. Today, Thursday, is a great day to make one good choice for a healthier lifestyle. Pick one thing! Not two or three. One! Stick to that one thing for three weeks. If you forget one day, keep going the next day. Don’t wait until Monday. Then after about three weeks, when this new healthy things is starting to become a habit and doesn’t feel that strange anymore, pick one new thing. One, not two! And all these small things will add up in the long run.

What will be your first little, baby step to a healthier lifestyle that is starting today, Thursday 23rd May 2013? Don’t worry, if you are reading this on another day, you can still start today 🙂

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20 Responses to I’ll Start Monday (Promise)

  1. This is great. Love it! I start on whatever day I realize I need the change, usually Sundays oddly enough. Guess its because Hubby has off work so I have a chance to read more LOL wonderful article! Thanks 🙂

  2. katie says:

    Amen, sister! Absolutely spot on, I think we’ve all been there 🙂 You write beautifully and I look forward to the next installment! katie x

  3. I love this, I started my blog and working toward the goals I set on a tuesday and do my weekly updates on wednesdays. I am personally more motivated mid to late week and in the evenings as opposed to the mornings so I can never personally understand peoples need to start things on a monday morning. 😀

    • Thank you 🙂

      Yes, I agree. You need to find what works for you and not put it off until tomorrow! Because there will always be another tomorrow you can put it off until!
      Have a great weekend 🙂

  4. Hayley says:

    Did you read my mind ?? But this week i’ve started on a saturday, breaking the pattern!!

  5. Erica says:

    Hahaha, that is SO TRUE! And the sad part is, I’m always convinced that the upcoming Monday will really be a big turning point. I like the I certainly have to stop putting things off until ‘tomorrow’….Thanks for this post!

  6. I think procrastination is the world’s most common disease and we all suffer in a certain way from it, aren’t we? It’s our own personal decision to keep on suffering or to let go of it! Starting not just on a Monday but any day of the week

  7. LOL. Which is sooooOo true!
    That’s why I started today. I realised my Monday would never come! LoL
    Love your posts. Keep writing!

  8. This is such a great post and so true. Even though Mondays sound so great, I try to take the mentality of “Start today. Start now.” It’s hard, but you can always turn the day around, even if you’ve started bad. Love this!

  9. oh, I would never pick Monday to start anything major since I am not a fan of Mondays, but for some reason I always feel more accomplished if I manage to squeeze in a run on Monday nights…maybe it’s something about starting the week right 🙂

  10. too funny. I’m reading this with a leftover bowl of pasta in my hand. hey it’s now tuesday at 12:19am.

  11. Ice_Badger says:

    Hahaha! That is exactly right! Absolutely! I never wait to start things unless I have to, if I don’t do something straight away then I’ll probably forget. I also never start on Mondays or new year… Too much pressure! I started on Saturday 22nd June 🙂

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