Monday is the perfect day to assess the weekend mistakes. It’s the perfect day to assess the couldas, wouldas, and shoudas. We think (or say), “If only…[fill in the blank here with your favorite excuse]”. If only “we” had run faster… if only “we” had followed the play… if only “we” had given it our best…if only “we” had run the 21 Blast instead of the Quarterback Sneak..if only “we” had thrown the Hail Mary pass.
The same critical analysis applies for our fitness and nutrition assessment on any given Monday morning. If only I had gotten up to go to Insanity on Saturday morning instead of catching up on sleep. If only I hadn’t met my girlfriend for a MUFFIN AS BIG AS MY FACE and a mocha on Sunday morning at Starbucks. If only my niece hadn’t made her famous chocolate chip bars for our weekly family dinner.
If only…If only those chocolate chip bars hadn’t hit my blind side, I’d be a winner. I admit, I deserve the “too many chocolate chip bars on my plate“ flag, but those bars were soooooo good.
I am my own Monday Morning Quarterback. Every single week. All of my rowdy friends must have been a bad influence on me over the weekend. “I’ll start again on Monday.” “I coulda, woulda, shoulda…exercised more, watched what I ate, not had that extra glass of wine.”
No wonder Monday gets the bad rap that it does. Monday is the “free space” day that we all feel we can criticize others’ actions or decisions of someone else-or more importantly, our own actions. It is the day that we use hindsight to assess a situation and suggest alternative solutions for how we just spent the last 48 hours. It is the day that we can assess how we lived our lives to the fullest over a weekend and how we can get back on the gridiron on Monday morning with our exercise and nutrition routines.
So, how can you block and tackle during a Friday night neighborhood bonfire gathering so you don’t have a loss of yards? Here’s the play: Veggies and fruit snacks instead of potato chips.
How can you blitz to drink more water instead of another glass of wine? I’m calling an audible! Make an interception. Catch an apple instead of a can of pop.
Let’s pick 6! Find 6 classes at the Warehouse over the next two weeks that you will commit to making a priority. Let’s stiff arm doughnut day at work this week. Let’s juke the taco bar in the cafeteria and make a spin move to the salad bar.
What gains will you make if Coach Vince Lombardi whispered in your ear, “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.” … “It’s not whether or not you ate a muffin as big as your face, it’s whether you get to Bootcamp on Monday.” (Just pretend he said that too.)
Who are your special teams? The Warehouse Coaches! Who can tell you that the best offense is a good defense? The Warehouse Coaches!! Who is the team that will carry you to the goal line???? The Warehouse is!!!
Who has your blind side? Look to your left during Insanity. Look to your right during Bootcamp. WE HAVE EACH OTHER’S BLINDSIDE. WE ARE THE WAREHOUSE!!!!!
Zumba on 1. Bootcamp on 2. Down. Set. Hike. Go Team Warehouse! Let’s win this game!
*A special thank you to my football-loving daughter, Gianna, for the football terms and a special shout out to my fellow Warehouse addict Deb Cysiewski for the muffin comment!