Willpower is strongest in the morning but wanes as evening approaches. So make your fitness decisions early and prepare:
- Determine what you’re going to eat and when after waking up (or the night before)
- If you’re going to exercise after work/school/whatever, put your bag and gym clothes in the car so you won’t go home and just fall on the couch
- Meeting friends or co-workers later for dinner/happy hour? Try to determine where you’re eating — look up the menu online — pick out your food (and order first)
- Have contingency plans set up. If the vending machine is your last resort, determine what you should and shouldn’t eat (pork rinds > Oreos).
Planning your day in the A.M. increases the chances that you’ll follow through.