week in review and preview

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I wish I could say that I found my groove last week, but that isn’t really the case. I ate okay, but I could have been better. My workouts were okay, but could have been better. My wardrobe execution was okay, but could have been better. There were unfocused eating events, missed workouts, and some just blah in there. So, instead of telling you about the moderate last week,  I’m going to show you how I prepped for an amazing week ahead.

This is my desk in my office. I love my desk and my office. I now have a fancy, new office chair so I cranked up the space heater and got to work down here.

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One of the things that I learned in coaching school was to create a ritual and a sacred space around my work space. And all of that is wrapped up in this awesome candle from Anthropologie. I don’t even light it, I just take the lid off and I can just settle into a space of focus and intention.

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And these are my tools. Books I’m reading. Washi tape. Lots of pens. My planner. Electronics all charging for the impending ice storm.

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The rest of my fun stuff (stickers, more washi, still more pens) is in this lovely Lulu bag that fits very tidily in the shelf of my desk.

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While I was getting all of this together, Nathan was at the grocery store prepping for the week ahead. I made the menu and the grocery list last night between getting caught up on Psych and then the new episode of Ghost Adventures.

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I took the eating plan for the week and added it to my planner. I put the plan on post-its and then just throw them away when we have eaten the meal. They hang out on the bookmark of my Erin Condern planner (referral link here!).   Screen shot 2014-03-02 at 2.06.48 PM

Then I start planning my week. When I get started, it looks really plain and calm.

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It felt quiet since I was home alone and the cats were asleep somewhere. So I headed to Spotify.

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Okay. Focus. The first thing I do in my weekly spread is washi over the headings. I don’t like the morning/day/night divisions, so I amend them to day/evening/me. Screen shot 2014-03-02 at 2.07.38 PM

Then I add in the things I do every day – client accountability check-ins, clearing feedly, clearing email, and coaching tweets.

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Next comes my appointment stickers. I love these stickers so much.

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I add in my client appointments and my workouts. These are the things that are non-negotiable. (I’m laughing because I’ve added three more stickers of appointments since I took this picture three hours ago.)

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In the “me” category, I fill in my daily tasks: food journal (FJ), water, Precision Nutrition Homework (PN), Pilate-a-Day (PAD), and money tracking ($). Each day, I also document a health win and a gratitude. These are so helpful to go back and review when I am discouraged.

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Finally, I fill in the spaces at the bottom as a food journal. I don’t count calories or anything here. This is just a record of what I ate. I use this spot more as a memory jog when I’m in a cooking rut more than a weight-loss food journal area.

I am so ready to get this week started right!



  1. I’ve only had my Erin Condren planner for 2 days and I’m already in love. I’m still planning around and getting a feel for the layout. I’m going to give it a month and then see if I need to tweak things. I do like the idea of recording a gratitude each day – a Bible study I’m doing with my MIL and SIL asks us to record 3 items of gratitude…I like the idea of recording them in my planner, then I see what was going on when I found the gratitude.

  2. Although I love the design of the EC, it pains me that it doesn’t meet my organizational needs; however I love her stickers (those colors! the size! the purpose!) and I really REALLY love your desk! I agree with the concept of having a sacred work space. After working unproductively on the sofa (my place of relaxation and comfort), I’m finding that I’m more focused and energized and motivated when I work at my real desk (which I’m in love with visually and functionally). Love this!

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