Written on September 4, 2012 at 9:54 am , by Jennifer Swafford
One of the major keys – Possibly THE major key to weight loss is one simple word.
In everything you do, you must go in with a plan.
First, let’s talk Food.
- Breakfasts are pretty foolproof because there are so many options of grab and go. Even if I don’t plan breakfast, I can still be successful. I usually stick with oatmeal which is a quick two minute prep.
- Lunches are another story. If I don’t plan my lunch the night before, my only choice is to either have the hubs bring me something or eat school food (blah…no thanks!). Lunch must be planned out and MADE the night before. If I don’t make it the night before, then I run the risk of either running late to work or not having a lunch.
- Snacks are the same as lunches. If I don’t pack one, I don’t have one. With my job, it is a little tricky sometimes because I don’t have the option of running out to get something. Either I have it or I do without.
- Dinners – THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IF I DON’T HAVE A PLAN! Sure, I can always stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something to make. However, the reality is that I am usually too tired to think that hard. I have to have a plan. Not only do I have to have a plan, I have to grocery shop ahead of time and have the food ready and available.
This has really tripped me up this past week. I didn’t really have a plan so we ate out almost every night. FAIL!
I am going to make this one of my goals for September – Plan meals and grocery shop on the weekends for the upcoming week!
Now, let’s talk Exercise
Planning is so important when it comes to exercise. Without a plan, I tend to make excuses and do without.
My best exercise program that I REALLY stuck to was when I was training for my half-marathon. I think because it was written on a calendar, I did it. I worked out every time I was supposed to! It was awesome!
With my job, I have to plan ahead to exercise by packing my workout clothes in my car. If I don’t pack them, I have the perfect excuse NOT to workout. After I get home, I have dinner, dishes, lunches and then bed…no time for working out. I have to workout BEFORE I get home. Without workout clothes, that is not going to happen!
For the month of September, I will be training for another half marathon so hopefully I will rock the exercise!
When it comes to being successful in weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off.
When it comes to planning and weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you plan for your eating, and plan for your exercise, the weight will come off!
Remember…A failure to plan is planning to fail. What steps will YOU take this month to plan for success?
Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.