When you want to accomplish anything, plan what you would do toward that end WHILE sick, injured, in pain, overwhelmed, traveling, broke, caring for a health-failing family member or friend, during monsoon or snowstorm, unmotivated, uninspired, anxious, depressed, negative, and so on.
99 out of 100 times when I hear people talk about fitness endeavors, the forthcoming week they describe is a fantasy. When reality hits, there is no more practice. The obvious remedy is to plan as if the week will be almost impossible. That way, when challenges come, no big deal.
This is critical. People who are expecting or waiting to have a fantasy perfect week will never follow-through, because there is no such thing. There will always be a holiday, a weekend, a tweaked muscle, a low energy day, a life or work issue, and so forth.
The people I’ve known to be most successful at anything, including fitness, don’t have ONE less stressor or barrier to success than those who are least successful. THE differentiator is what they will tolerate as a pretext to excuse themselves from their practice.
Thus, excuse proof your practice.