If you’re starting out this year with a resolution to focus on a healthier you, my best tip is to set yourself up for success. Day in and day out we have our responsibilities like work and family but we forget that YOU are a priority too. It takes effort to create the time to work out and eat healthy so here are some suggestions to keep you focused on your resolution…
Preparing your meals in advance has its advantages. Not only are you saving time during the busy week days, you are also setting yourself up to make healthier choices. I have made the mistake of not eating several times a day. My blood sugar drops and my brain immediately starts to think of sugary foods I need RIGHT NOW! Fast food is the easiest go-to meal for the fix but it won’t sustain you until your next meal, your blood sugar will spike, not to mention it’s really bad for you. If you have meals prepped to go in the morning to take to work then you don’t need fast food to hold you over.
Sundays is my meal prep day. It’s a day to relax and stay at home which allows the opportunity to get all the ingredients you need, cook them, and portion everything out for the week. You can find meal prep ideas on Pinterest and one site I like for healthy recipes is www.skinnytaste.com
Simply make your proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, etc) in big amounts as well as veggies and snacks. Once they are all made, just portion them out in your favorite containers so you can grab and go in the morning. I have also read about snack drawers for your fridge for you to grab pre-portioned veggies, humus and nuts.
What you’d find me cooking on a Sunday: several chicken breasts, roasted veggies and sweet potatoes. You can also cut up raw veggies for the week to prep salads as you go.
At work you have a calendar of meetings, conference calls and tasks so why not schedule your workouts? This will help you plan out your week, fit the workouts in when you can and serve as a reminder to take care of YOU! Here is a schedule I put together for a friend…
In real life, things come up and you can’t make a workout. Don’t stress yourself out but find something you can do at home! A lot of people do the P90X or T25 at home so carve out the time and make it work for you!
Goals are probably the most important piece of the whole plan. By setting goals for yourself you have something to work towards. Here are a few goal suggestions:
- Workout a minimum of 3 days a week for 45-60 minutes
- Prepare meals in advance and only eat out once a week as a cheat meal
- Run a mile or 5K without stopping
- Accomplish 20 pushups, 50 sit ups, etc
By setting smaller goals for yourself that are attainable you will feel the accomplishment. When I set weight goals for myself it’s self sabotage. That doesn’t work for me but it may work for someone else so figure out what works for you.
Everything mentioned above is about trial and error. It works for me to meal prep on Sundays but it may work better for you on Saturdays. Find a workout you like otherwise you won’t do it. Set goals that work for you and your schedule but challenge yourself!