In case you were wondering, and I know you are, I am rocking my workouts this week. Unfortunately, the year got off to a bad start when I couldn’t motivate myself to get to the gym on the first two days of January. But all it took was a brave attempt at my first “virtual” spin class (downloaded from Rachel Wilkerson’s blog) on Tuesday to kick myself into gear. If you check out my Workout Log, you’ll see that I have kicked some ass everyday since then.
While some people plan a specific day of the week, say Sundays, for example, as their rest day, I find that it is better for me to just let it happen. Inevitably, there is a day (or two or three) every week that I just can’t make the time to workout. For example, this week, I have a student teaching orientation all day on Friday and then I’m going out for dinner and some drinks, so that will be a rest day for me this week. This method works for me, because then I am stressing to get a workout in on days that it’s just not happening for me.
Speaking of stressing, who finds packing a lunch for school or work stressful? I know that I used to. When I first started eating healthier, a la my Weight Watchers days, I relied on Subway a lot for lunch. I was a fast food girl after all. I knew that Subway was one of my healthiest choices on-the-go (when you order the right things), so I ended up there several times a week. Eventually, however, I got sick of it. My bank account didn’t love it so much either. Plus, I was unprepared when I got hungry for a snack between meals, and ended up at the vending machine choosing something not-so-good-for-me.
Finally, I decided that I needed to suck it up, buy a lunch box, and do some grocery shopping. And I haven’t looked back since then. It is no doubt a hassle to wake up a little bit earlier in order to prepare my meals and snacks for the day, but it’s also totally worth it. (Please remind me of this starting next week when I have to wake up at 5:30am for my internship!)
My advice? Take some time to do a little preparation ahead of time. For example, today I tossed two chicken breasts in the crock pot. I let ’em cook all day and ended up with some deliciously moist chicken that fell apart when touched with a fork. I will use it in my salads this week.
I also washed and chopped my lettuce.
I used to buy the pre-cut bagged lettuce, but I’ve recently found that buying hearts of romaine and chopping them myself is cheaper, and the lettuce tastes fresher.
I would also have chopped some of my veggies (like cucumbers, peppers, etc.) if I had any this week. I do have some tomatoes and avocado, but I usually like to slice that the morning of.
Tomorrow morning, I will throw everything together into a tupperware container and call it my lunch. Well, part of it. Then, I’ll choose my sides and snacks, which lately include: a couple of clementines, a stick of string cheese, greek yogurt, pop chips, any other fruits or veggies … you get the picture. All of these items are fairly easy to toss in my lunchbox in the morning.
I don’t really plan my dinners in advance, because my boyfriend and I have such crazy evening schedules that we don’t always know if we’ll both be home, but I do my best to keep the house stocked with easy, healthy food that I can cook up when I, or we, get hungry. Right now, we are really no fuss eaters. I don’t make intricate recipes … yet. We just stick to simple things like pork chops, chicken breasts, or fish with a veggie and sometimes a potato, which works for both of us.
Another thing that I’m working on planning? My workouts. Today, I looked over my schedule for the week in order to plan when I can fit in a workout and what I’ll do. I included these in my Workout Log with the notation (Plan) next to them. I’m excited, because this week includes a nice variety of workouts. It’s all about setting yourself up for success!
How do you prepare for a healthy week? Remember that I am, by no means, an expert at this. These are just some things that work for me so far, but I’d love to pick up some new ideas!