Meal prep is what keeps me on track to my fitness goals/way of living.
I believe that planning is pretty much everything when it comes to all things fitness.
Plan to eat like a beast to burn as many calories as possible.
Plan your meals.
Make your meals.
Pack your meals.
Plan to sleep.
Get enough sleep.
Go to sleep.
Plan your iPod track list.
Make your workout playlist.
Plan your workout.
Plan to plan.
Planning is the easiest way to stay motivated within a healthy lifestyle.
Most people think of planning as a routine, and it usually ends up that way, but if you’re someone who does not like routine, you can still plan, just in different ways so you aren’t creating any “routine” per se.
for example // plan your meals for a day or two.
I like to prep my meals for one week at a time because honestly, I don’t like having to spend time after work making dinner, eating, and cleaning up. Sometimes this can take 90 minutes for only one meal. If this happens every night, that’s 7.5 hours for 5 days just making dinner, eating and cleaning up.
7.5 hours is a full work day for me! That’s crazy when you think about it that way.
Over the past few years, I’ve become so involved with meal prep that I now plan and prep almost every single meal. This really helps me stick to my healthy 80/20 lifestyle, because in reality, there’s only one thing I need to do.
Plan the meals and stick to the plan.
ok, maybe there’s two things 😉
If you only think of the basics, it is really easy.
For example; when I’m at work with my packed lunch, and someone offers to buy me lunch or go out for lunch I can easily say no because I know if I skip out on my planned meal (which is already prepared and awaiting in my lunch bag), all of my other meals are already planned, so there won’t be time to eat this meal; therefore I’m throwing away food. Or having to add an extra meal to my day, and that’s never part of the plan either. 😉
Knowing this is like motivation to stick to the plan.
Another reason why I stick to meal planning is because it helps me eliminate any cravings that I may have. When I feel like eating jalapeno poppers, I put it on the back burner in my mind and do my best to save it for the weekend; which is when I like to enjoy my 20%. Normally if this craving hits me on Monday, by the time the weekend rolls around I may not even feel like eating the poppers any more.
When these cravings hit me, it’s the same as when a co-worker asks me to go out for lunch. I already have my meals prepared, stick to the plan and don’t add extra meals.
This may seem a little strict, but it really got me on a great path of willpower and learning and understanding my body.
I like to eat my 20% on weekends; usually Saturday night and sometimes Sunday for lunch.
I can easily skip cravings during the week because I know I’ll get to them later.
Why would I eat that chocolate bar on Wednesday at work when I know I’m going out for a big dinner and drinks on Saturday. I’ll save the 20% for when I really want it!
Now that you understand why I like meal prep and planning, I’ll talk more about how it works for me.
I stick to a Sunday/Wednesday meal prep because that is what works well with my weekday, 9 – 5 schedule.
Here’s how it works:
Monday – Saturday:
+ I plan out all my meals and snacks for 5 days
+ I prepare my grocery list for my weekly meal plan
+ I buy groceries (sometimes I will do this on Saturday)
+ I put away groceries and slice/prepare any veggies/fruits as needed
+ Then, decide what order I will cook in and prepare meals for Mon, Tues and Wed
+ Begin cooking (the length of time spent cooking is different each week)
+ As meals are ready, divide into single serving sizes, seal in glass containers and store in fridge
+ Prepare meals for Thurs and Fri
+ As meals are ready, divide into single serving sizes, seal in glass containers and store in fridge.
That’s really how it goes, and it is just as easy as it looks!
Planning the meal plan is the most work but it is definitely worth it!
Do you currently plan any meals?
What do you do to stay motivated to eat healthy?