THE BEST INTENTIONS
The best of intentions can get thrown off very easily. We live in a fast-paced and hectic world. It seems as though we do not have enough time in the day to work and take care of our families, let alone set time aside to eat properly and exercise.
Have you ever told yourself, “Today is the day! I am leaving work on time, and the kids don’t have any scheduled activities. I am going to work out and cook something healthy for dinner. Today is the day I am finally going to kick off my healthier lifestyle.”
You jump in the car and upon getting on the highway, you find there is a 30 minute or more delay along with a call from your son stating that he has a project due tomorrow! So, instead of going to the grocery store to get what you need for a healthy meal, you just order a pizza while you are stuck in traffic.
You finally get home, eat pizza while you help your son with his project, and then find yourself too tired to work out. You then veg in bed watching tv until you fall asleep. This is all too familiar for many people.
The example may not be exact, but the message is the same. We intend to take care of ourselves, but there is always something or someone that derails the plan. How can we stay a step ahead of life’s curveballs thrown our way? Here are some tips to do just that.
The best thing you can do to overcome the majority of the bumps in the road is to plan and prepare ahead of time. Meal prepping has become popular and can be a lifesaver when faced with not having the time to shop and then cook a healthy meal. During the weekend, take some time to plan out the menu for the week. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for every day. Then go shop for the food/ingredients you will need. By already having the food needed for the meals, you can save yourself crucial time during the week by not having to go to the store before you cook. Had that been done in the example above, pizza probably wouldn’t have been ordered!
You can take things a step further by preparing/cooking and packaging meals for the week on the weekend. This will help with portion control and make eating healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks easier. It turns this into a grab-and-go affair. Time permitted prep some of tomorrow’s dinner the night before.
Schedule your workout days and times the weekend before. Make sure you and your significant other are on the same page as that will help with hectic schedules. If everyone knows ahead of time when you are going to work out, there are no surprises and all can plan accordingly.
All of this takes time. It will not cut down on the total amount of time you will spend on a healthier lifestyle. Rather, it is helping you to stay on track and one step ahead!
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