I hope you're having a great day, and if you live somewhere with seasons, I hope that your days are starting to get warmer now that it's officially spring. It's been a rainy couple of months in San Diego, but the weather seems to be getting better lately. I'm hoping to be able to enjoy it this weekend. I spent last weekend sick. I've had a really bad cold for a little over a week. My friend from Wisconsin came to visit the weekend before, and she gave me her cold. it was worth it though because I had a great time with her. My cold finally seems to be getting better though, but it's been a rough week.
Now that it's officially spring, many people are thinking about their health goals, and a large percentage of people are trying to lose weight for summer. It can be really difficult to get on track with your goals and be consistent with working out and eating healthy. One of the most important things you can do when trying to lose weight (or even if you are just trying to eat healthier to be healthy) is plan ahead.
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail." It's true. If you are trying to change your eating habits or work out, if you don't plan it out ahead of time, you are more likely to "fail" or not have things go as you would have liked them to. If you don't have a plan of what you are going to eat for the week, you are more likely to:
go out to eat and get something unhealthy.
not have food ready to pack in your lunch, meaning you'll have to go out to eat for lunch.
stop at the grocery store on your way home and get some stuff to eat that isn't really what you want or that healthy.
spend a lot of extra money on food.
skip eating altogether.
If you plan ahead, you will know what you are going to eat and can plan meals that are healthy, taste good, and won't mess up your efforts to lose weight or eat healthy. Even if you don't plan meals for every day, planning for some of the time will really make a huge difference.
When I plan meals, I've found that it's easiest to find the recipes that I want to make (since it's just me, I usually eat the same thing for a few days in a row, which I don't mind), make a list of the ingredients that I need, get the groceries, and then take a couple hours (or less, depending on what I'm making) to prep the food. Then it is all ready when I need it. It's so nice to not have to cook every night. I also don't usually have time to cook my lunch, so it's nice when that's all ready too. When I wasn't working from home, I would even pack my lunch and put the ingredients (except for the liquid) in the blender for my breakfast smoothie the night before. it really helped when I was rushing around in the morning.
Planning can also be helpful when you are trying to be consistent with your workouts. If you plan what you are going to do, on what days, and at what time, you are much more likely to be successful. Even if you aren't a planner and are more spontaneous, it helps to have a plan when you are trying to create habits.
I hope this helps and that you are successful with your health goals, whether you use this method or a different one that works for you!
Have a great day!