Habit Hack: The “Back Pocket Plan”


The “Back Pocket Plan”

We all know that we need to have healthy habits in place & a consistent routine in order to keep us on track with our goals. I think it’s just as important to have what I call a “back pocket plan“ for different scenarios in times when we’re not able to stick to our typical routine for whatever reason it may be. It’s important that you come up with these ahead of time, rather than waiting to decide in the moment. 1st, it keeps you from draining your willpower battery even more because it is likely a scenario where you’re already stretched thin / off your usual routine. 2nd, it teaches you to recognize that there is value in consistency, not just perfection!

You need to have a “back pocket plan“ for things like healthy meals, efficient exercise, etc. These are things that you default to because they are simple & available regardless of what’s going on.

For example, if you’re out of town visiting a relative & can’t make it to the gym, you have a few different bodyweight only workouts you can do anywhere to pick from. If you can’t get in your usual long walk for the day, you know how to squeeze in your steps for the day in increments. If you planned to go for a jog & it rains, switch things up & walk the stairs to your attic instead.

If life is crazy busy & you’re not able to meal prep for the week, have a list of convenience options (#MinimalistMealPrep) to pull from so that you’re not coming up with ideas when your brain is already over taxed. If you had a busy day at work & will get home later than expected, make sure to always have the ingredients on hand for a specific quick healthy meal you love (or maybe even a previously prepped meal in the freezer). If you end up eating at a restaurant without prior planning to scope the menu, have a list of items you know you will enjoy that are also healthy & make your selection based on what’s available off that list.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good! Have a plan & stick to it when you can, but make sure you have a back up plan so that you have no excuses for not following through!

Reader Questions:
Which of these sounds most helpful and what would your specific plan look like?
2/ Do you have these types of “back pocket plans” in place already? If so tell me what they are below!👇🏼

4 Comments Add yours

  1. @rebekahclementson says:

    Doing a “no equipment” workout in place of a regular one! I have an app that I’ve downloaded several to so I can use them when need be.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rebekah!! Which app do you use? That would be so helpful!

      1. @rebekahclementson says:

        I have 2 actually. Beachbody on demand (not a coach though 😂) & alo moves. Both are great but I prefer the Beachbody one mostly because of the workout programs with ShaunT and Jericho Mathews. Alo is more mobility/flexibility stuff which is good and I learned a lot from it that I now incorporate but I just don’t use their classes as much anymore.

      2. Gonna check them out! Thanks friend!!

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