Most of us have heard Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” In my own life, I’ve found this to be very true. However, it’s so easy to let planning fall through the cracks when life gets busy. While this can hurt any area of your life, it is especially detrimental to your health goals.
How many times have you opened your fridge and decided to just order pizza because there’s nothing to eat? Or gone to the gym and messed around with your playlist while trying to figure out what to do for your workout? A little planning will help prevent unhealthy dinners and lackluster workouts.
Each weekend, take some time to fill out the planner to the right. It’s an easy way to make sure you have all your food taken care of for the week and you know exactly what you’re going to do to get your body moving. Planning will ensure you don’t let food go to waste or end the week without getting in a single workout.
Here are some of my favorite tips for making the process easy and effective:
- Double dinner recipes and use leftovers for other meals throughout the week.
- Check your calendar. If you have a busy evening, plan on eating leftovers. If you’ll be working late, do your workout in the morning. Set yourself up to be successful!
- Do all your grocery shopping at the beginning of the week and do as much prepping as possible in advance. Chop veggies, pre-pack lunches, and freeze meals that you know you won’t have time to make later in the week.
- Review tomorrow’s plan each evening to make sure you’re ready for your workout and have your meals and snacks ready to go if you’re bringing them to work.
Need some ideas for quick and healthy meals? My friend Aviva Goldfarb has an amazing program called The Six O’Clock Scramble It delivers weekly dinner plans and grocery lists directly to your inbox, and allows you to search for favorite recipes based on dietary preferences. It’s been saving me from boring dinners and takeout for over a year now!