If you know me, you know that I love to plan and to organize my days! I plan everything I do down to the minute. It usually doesn’t work out as I’d planned but I do try! That’s why I have learned to write in pencil and not the pretty colored gel pens I so love. And yes. I do love to plan in writing so I am old school with my paper calendar. If I don’t write something down and only have it in my phone, without question, I will forget to do it. I need the brain to paper connection for some reason.
I have found that planning helps me to keep myself more accountable. When I write it down, it’s like I’m making a promise to myself. I don’t just plan out my days though. I plan out my meals as well. This has proven to be the key to maintaining a healthy diet. When I don’t plan out my meals the week of, I will eat terrible. I will eat fast food or other junk. Sometimes I just won’t eat because that’s easiest than thinking of what to eat. Decisions on food right when I’m hungry is something I have trouble with. I’m a nightmare when someone asks me “What do you want to eat?” Or better yet… “Where do you want to go?” Oh boy. Silence. I guess that’s one way to shut me up.
Planning meals and prepping meals takes a ton of time. I won’t lie. I find my meals mostly on Pinterest and sometimes I become so overwhelmed looking at ingredients, I give up. So, I have to find simple meals. I used to go to the store blindly, skipping the lists. I would inevitably end up coming home with something like a Yucca root because it looked interesting. Because I had no idea what to do with that Yucca root, no doubt, it would end up in the trash. I have learned my lesson now. Stick to the basics. Let the professional chefs introduce you to the cool and weird veggies.
I meal prep on Sundays (when I’m home). It takes hours of chopping vegetables, creating healthy seasonings, marinating meats, and cooking everything. I make things such as steal cut oats, quinoa, and egg muffins for weekly breakfasts. I shred my meat (although I am not a big meat eater I do try to keep it in my diet a little). I boil eggs (what an easy and fast snack!). I basically 100 percent make sure there is enough stuff in my fridge where there is no excuse to buy last minute and unhealthy foods. I set out all my supplements for the week, make tea to keep in the fridge, and get my entire week in order. I am so anal that I even have my food prepped in Tupperware for every day of the week. I can then easily throw it in a bag to keep it cold or I can bring it on the go with me. Again, making it so I am more likely to succeed in my goals.
However you decide to prep and plan, this is the best way to succeed. I can help you put together a plan that works for you, help you get your ingredient list together and devise an exercise routine best suited for your body. We all need a little support along the way and that’s what I am here for. If you’re not quite ready for that plunge, try putting together an accountability group with your friends and family. Facebook is a great place for that these days. But whatever you do, make a plan today! It is truly the only way to see success. I love watching people reach their goals. Everybody can. Even you! Have a great week!