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    How to Plan for Success! Prepare Your Meals

    January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

How to Plan for Success! Prepare Your Meals

Working Out is Hard, Nutrition Doesn’t Have to Be!

Healthy_Meal_230x230Here’s the key to remember and what I think most people who struggle getting and staying on board don’t realize: It may seem easier to just “eat whatever” instead of planning and prepping your meals and sticking to an exercise program. But, that is just an illusion. When you eat at odd hours, skip meals, eat like crap, skip workouts or don’t work out at all, you wind up feeling like crap and you may end up feeling that life is out of control.

 

It does take effort and yes, maybe sacrifice, to get up an hour earlier to get your 40 to 60 minutes of exercise in five times a week. Oh, but P90X is an hour long, you say. Yes, but it’s not the only workout program! There are so many BeachBody and even non-BeachBody programs to suit your needs. Set an alarm clock, write yourself little encouragement notes, enlist a friend, have me hold you accountable, do what you have to do to make sure your workout happens! You are worth the investment. You’ll have more energy to get on with the rest of life’s challenges. Believe me!

 

As far as food, this is the area where most folks struggle, but I swear, it’s actually easier than most people think. Here are my recommendations:

 

?   Buy your groceries on your day off or find a time each week to go to the supermarket. I usually go on Saturdays or Sundays.

?   Go with your grocery list and get only items on list. Do not buy junk because you’ll eat it in a moment of weakness. If you say, Oh, but I have kids. Um, your kids don’t need to eat that stuff. Teach them to eat clean now so they don’t have to struggle like we do as adults!

?   Buy lots of tupperware.

?   When you get home, get to cooking and prepping your meals for the entire week. You only need an hour or so to prep all your meals. Really!

 

Food Prep Tips:

?   Cook all your chicken/fish/meat for the week. Store 3 days worth in the fridge in tupperware. Store 3-4 days worth FNM_100110-Weeknight-Dinners-035_s4x3_leadin the freezer. Take out of freezer the day before you’ll need it.

?   Cut all your veggies at once. Place in tupperware.

?   As far as carbs go, you can make brown rice or sweet potatoes in advance. If you eat whole wheat bread (I recommend gluten-free anything!), then that’s easy. Really, try to stay away from pasta and breads. Save for splurge meal!

?   Oh, life is full of options. You can either pack each meal in a separate container or you can have giant containers, one containing chicken, the other veggies, the other rice. You can then serve as needed. I personally like to prepackage my meals so I don’t even have to think about them, especially if I’m busy.

My point is this: If you’re not eating clean and making exercise a part of daily routine, you’re making excuses. Stop the excuses and make it happen. We all have 24 hours in a day.

Now, bring it!

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