Friday, January 25, 2013

Think About It Thursday

"When you fail to plan, you plan to fail"

This quote is all too true when it comes to health and weight loss.  Leaving your house for the day with no plan on how you fit healthy foods in to your diet for the day and when you'll get your exercise in pretty much guarantees you will never get around to either.  We've all heard that you need to put your workout in your calendar and treat them as important meetings with the boss (you) and that's completely true.  At any given time I have a 2 weeks to a month worth of workouts in my calendar on my iPhone - I know exactly what I am working out each day and what my cardio plan is.  I have a built in rest day but if for some reason, I really truly can't get one of my scheduled workouts in, I can simply move it to my rest day.

Food is the same way.  If you try to wing it while you're running around, working hard, trying to get everything done, you are much more likely to end up swinging through the drive-thru lane, or grabbing something convenient but unhealthy from the grocery on the way home or missing meals entirely.  Packing a cooler with healthy meals and snacks may seem like a hassle but once you get used it, it's actually easier and more convenient then trying to find something to eat when you're so hungry you can't think straight!

Things to include in your cooler:
- salad with protein for lunch
- healthy, home made protein bars (or Quest bars, one of the few bars that isn't full of junk)
- apples
- bananas
- Ants on a Log - celery with sugar free nut butter and raisins
- yogurt
- protein powders
- raw nuts
- turkey meatloaf muffins (stay tuned for the recipe)
- veggies with a healthy dip like hummus
The list is almost endless, just make sure you have a good cooler and lots of ice packs to keep everything healthy and cold.

If you really can't take a cooler with you, you can still carry Quest bars, nuts, apples, bananas and some veggies which don't need to be refrigerated.  On top of that, each week plan what and where you will eat your lunches so you can pick places where you can get a healthy lunch.  Stick to your plan and don't let yourself get too hungry and you are likely to make way better choices.

Remember food is fuel most of the time - especially during the work week.  Plan for success with your eating and you will have success.  Don't manage a stressful workday with sugar, fat or useless calories!

What do you eat during the week? Do you carry a cooler of food? What kind of planning to be healthy to partake in?

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