How do you fit in a workout and preparing healthy food when you have a hectic schedule?
Try any of these 6 tips to make your day more efficient and energized:
Here’s the deal: People often rationalize as to why they can’t work out or eat healthily. Lack of time, money and motivation are among the top three I hear the most.
If you have a goal to eat healthily, shed unwanted weight or have more energy, than these rationalizing thoughts can get in your way.
Do you have a plan that you stick to so you can remain healthy?
Back in 2012 I was working 50+ hours a week and taught myself these six tricks to stay consistent with my commitment to my health. I recently taught four clients these tricks and they have already seen great results, so now I want to share them with you.
So… Here’s what you want to do to set yourself up for a successful and sustainable healthy lifestyle:
1. Use a scheduler or calendar to plan out your week in advance.
Note when you work, have free time, and so on.
• Pick one day to do all your food shopping and cooking and stick to the plan.
• Decide when you will have time to work out for at least 20 minutes a day 3 times this week.
If you don’t have time, plan on waking up 30 minutes earlier and getting it done in the morning. Scientific studies show that getting your heart rate up first thing in the morning improves your energy, lowers your stress levels, and starts your day off on a positive note. (You can do anything to get your heart rate up – jumping jacks, yoga, go for a walk, a workout video… Check out my bio for a free week of workouts!)
2. Assess your kitchen and clean it out of all the junk food.
You can eat some of it, donate it, or just plain throw it away.
I used to feel guilty throwing away food but the reality is that if the food is junk it will do more harm than good to your body. You can actually become nutrient deficient by eating overly processed foods and expired food items.
3. Find three healthy recipes that you love, make a list and go food shopping.
(While out make sure you buy Tupperware if you don’t already own some.)
After shopping, come home and make all three recipes (you can double up so that you can eat each recipe twice that week), store them in the Tupperware and each night before bed prepare anything else you need for the next day to take with you. (Remember to actually eat your food – don’t bring it to work and then decide to order out with coworkers.)
5. Give yourself a guilt free day.
This means that one day a week you get to have your favorite food guilt-free. Make sure to eat a healthy, energizing breakfast and then have your favourite food for lunch and have a normal dinner. (*As you eat more healthy foods your taste buds can change, so you can wean yourself onto healthier foods naturally.)
6. Make a daily affirmation.
Look in the mirror every morning and tell yourself you love yourself, that you are worthy of amazing health, and that you are getting stronger and stronger every day. Affirmations are a part of my daily morning routine and they get me fired up to start my day!
Go out and start today! It doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You don’t need a new year to make a change, you need a new day.
To Your Health
Meaghan McElroen, The Self-Love Fitness Coach
Exercise + A Healthy Relationship To Food = An Extraordinary Life
She is an avid hiker, a former emotional eater, and a self-love coach. Meaghan combines strategic fitness workouts with mindset to help women overcome emotional eating and make better food choices so they can feel sexy and confident!
Get a week of Free Workout Vides here! You can also download her free Emotional Eaters Food Journal!