kewl tip #1 – plan ahead
- Plan out what you’re going to eat and when you’re going to exercise. You can do it on a weekend and plan out the busy weekdays ahead, on a weekday for the next three, every morning, whenever you want!
- Your plan doesn’t have to be exact, but the more details, the better. Give times when you’ll be able to exercise, mention the meals you might want. Include some of the other plans you might have for that day or week, so you can come up with a practical, doable plan. It helps to know ingredients for meals that you’ll want to cook, so, if you don’t have them in your kitchen, you can pick them up the next time you go to the market.
- A datebook where you can keep track of your plans is a great tool!
- Save your plans when you’re done with them. They make for a great resource that you can pull from when you’re mixed up about when to schedule something, or delicious meals you might have forgotten about, but that you wrote down when you planned last.
Everyday, I make time to think and plan out what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to exercise for the rest of the day. When I make a plan that’s practical and doable, I know one thing is for sure—I’ll stick to it. If I don’t plan, I run into trouble somewhere. How I do it: Sure, it takes time, but not a lot! No matter how busy we get, we all have five minutes in the morning or night ahead to organize some general plans for the day, and upcoming days. I keep my plans in a datebook—it’s an excellent resource where I can keep track of other commitments or scheduled information. It’s great to plan for the next week on a Saturday or Sunday—the weekends are a perfect time to get ready! Don’t worry about accounting for every detail; at the very least, though, I like to have some overall ideas. Try planning a few days ahead. What do you need for the next three days to eat and drink? Are there any special foods or ingredients that you want? How about unique exercises that you plan on doing? For foods, I make a grocery list with my mom or dad and we get what we need. I write my plans down so I know that I’ll have food in the house for meals for the next few days. I also incorporate exercise in my planning. On this day, at this time, go to the gym. The next day, walk and run around my neighborhood. Little notes like that can be so important. Save them in a special drawer or file. When you’re stumped or are having trouble coming up with new foods or planning (which has definitely happened to me!) take a look back through some of your plans, and maybe they’ll give you some inspiration!