How I Handle Being “Type A” in my Health & Fitness Journey

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:11 am by

If you know me at all you know that I am an extremely Type A personality. Like lists on lists is my happy place. Organization makes my heart sing. Checking things off my lists is an indescribable feeling. What I’m basically trying to say? I’m a crazy person (;

Being Type A can be a challenge when it comes to health & fitness. We tend to obsess over everything being perfect. We want to have control over every little detail. It can be draining.

BUT I come bearing good news. There are definitely ways to use being Type A to your advantage when it comes to your health & fitness:

How I Handle Being Type A in my Health & Fitness Journey

  • Use your list making skills wisely.

    But don’t overdo it. Lists make Type A hearts happy. So I write out my workouts either on a white board or piece of paper every day because checking it off as I go just makes me feel more at ease. If I try to write out my entire week’s worth of workouts in one day I get overwhelmed, so I’ve learned that breaking it down into writing out my schedule (as in what area I’m going to target each day) on Sundays and then writing out the actual workout that I’m going to do the night before I do it (as in the actual exercises I’ll be performing) really helps me to stay organized and not stressed out.

  • Meal plan.

    But don’t obsess over every bite that goes into your mouth. I definitely recommend meal planning and prepping. I spend a few hours on Sundays getting food ready for the week (chicken, rice, egg muffins, raw energy bites, etc) to save time and thought during the week. But what I don’t do is measure out every little thing. As a Type A person I know that if I measured everything that I eat that I would obsess over it. And I don’t think that’s healthy. I try to only keep healthy choices in my house so that I don’t have to freak out over what I’m eating.

  • When plans change, figure it out.

    Don’t act the world is ending if something changes. If I already have set in my head what I’m making for dinner and my husband tells me that he wants us to go out with friends or something instead that night I don’t panic. I used to FREAK OUT because it wasn’t part of the plan. But what good did that do? None. Or if I had my schedule set for me to workout at a specific time but something came up and I had to juggle it around a bit I would lose it. But why? It won’t kill me to switch my rest days around. It’s all gonna be okay – you just have make it work. Life happens – figure it out, don’t freak out.

Be organized. Be dedicated. Work hard. Eat healthy. Make your health and fitness a priority.

Type A friends- don’t stress about it. Living a fit and healthy life is all about balance and loving life.If anything stress just puts a damper on your progress. It’s totally possible to have things under control without being a crazy person. Enjoy life, y’all!

xo, Jess




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  • Stephanie Hernandez says:

    I feel like you described me haha 🙂 crazy person over here too.. Great tips!!

  • Lindsay says:

    I used to be crazy Johnny-list-maker and so anal and OCD about certain things, but I’ve learned to let go and live a little. But organization and order make me a happy gal.

    I think as you age and become wiser, you realise that those little things that drive you bananas, just aren’t worth it in the grand scheme of things. Of course, that doesn’t apply to everything. I still freak out over stupid shit and I feel much more at ease referring to my lists. 🙂

  • Lindsay says:

    btw, Happy Belated Birthday hun! xo

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