The planning junkie

July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am somewhat obssessed with prepping – for anything. 🙂 I remember back in the old school days I HAD to have my clothes,  school bag and snack prepared for the next day, otherwise I would not be able to sleep. To this day I am a big fan of deciding what I am going to wear the next day so I don’t have to think about it first thing in the morning. Revising before an exam or interview makes me feel so much more confident… although I am quite spontaneous and can improvise easily should the need be. 🙂

It’s no revelation that when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, organisation is KEY. Some things I have learned over these months:

  • You can make breakfast, lunch and snacks ahead. I love putting together a menu for the week – this way I make sure I incorporate nutrient-dense and delicious meals. It also cuts cost and helps the environment. During the warmer season I tend to be a bit more relaxed about what we eat and enjoy throwing a meal together quickly. Wash and cut up veggies at the week-end, seal them in ziplock bags and you’re good to go.
  • Cook in bulk – this works especially if you are cooking for family, but if you end up with too much you can always offer it to a friend or co-worker. A big pot of soup lasts in the fridge for days and is so incredibly easy to make. Same for casseroles… or any veggie dishes for that matter. I love making big batches of hummus and mashed beans, but they never last long because I simply LOVE them. Freezing veggies and fruit when they are season is also a very good idea – so far I have stocked the freezer with raspberries and strawberries and I’m planning on adding redcurrants and blackcurrants too. Although eating fresh is best, having a frozen meal which you can quickly heat up when you’re ravenously hungry will save you from eating anything on site. 🙂 Which brings me to my next point….
  • Options. I, like most people, have moods and can get side-tracked. Sometimes I just don’t feel like oatmeal in the morning or salad at lunch time. What I do love is having the option to choose, which is why it is important to think ahead. Sometimes I might choose the Snickers bar over the apple, but if the apple is already washed for me… it makes things a lot easier.
  • Work-out plan – this is also WIP for me. I fully agree that deciding in advance on the details of a work-out and commiting to that schedule can help so much when you are feeling under the weather or just darn lazy. 🙂 That doesn’t mean you should not listen to your body when it tells you it is too exhausted to do anything, but it is a great way of making sure you incorporate this crucial element to your healthy lifestyle. And I promise everything looks better after a good run or yoga class.

While I am not the most organised person, I am really happy when I am able to stick to my plan. Thinking ahead creates space for other opportunities and helps you make the right choices. It’s no secret that when you come home exhausted from work you would rather grab a bag of chips and doze off in front of the TV, then feel sorry for yourself. But when dinner’s just minutes away and your running shoes are exactly where you left them, that makes you feel G-R-E-A-T. Which is exactly what we are all aiming for….

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