One of the most important things that I have learned over the past year is that when my little inner voice wants something, it is hard to stop her. This voice has come in handy over the years and it isn't that I want her to shut up... I just want to have more control over the messages that she sends me. I want those messages to help me reach my goals, not block me from them. So, I've found that following the scout's motto-Always be Prepared-helps me find my encouraging inner voice more easily. (You can see the picture at the end of this blog to see what I'm talking about).
I am a client of Lean Bodies Consulting (I'm not promoting them, it's just a fact) and I've been working with them since March 2013. One of the most helpful things I have learned and made a habit is preparing my food in advance so I minimize the chance of deviating from my plan. When I prepare my meals in advance, my inner voice is more likely to come up with "Ok, you've got lunch in the fridge, no need to eat the pizza that the office ordered for everyone" than "Oh look, now what are you gonna do? You know you want the pizza. Just have a little. It's ok". See what I mean? I know you do!
Every Sunday I shop for my food for the week (I'm also shopping for my families stuff at the same time). When I get home, I prepare every meal I'm going to eat during the week. Yep, every one. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week. (I prepare the weekend meals midweek). I usually have chicken in the crockpot, sirloin on the grill and brown rice cooking on the stove simultaneously. I weigh everything and put it in little Tupperware boxes and pop them in the fridge.
I love to cook and am a "recovering" foodie so this food prep has been a habit I have had to work on integrating into my life. While I can still be creative with what I make (today I made a quinoa, couscous, chicken, cucumber, tomato,with a greek yogurt dressing salad) I would be lying if I told you that the food I make on Sunday tastes as great as food that I make fresh. But, that is a trade-off that I've been willing to make.
Am I successful all the time? Hells to the no. Am I way, way, way more successful then when I wasn't doing this? For sure. And there is the added benefit of at least one shelf in my fridge looking organized!