Friday, June 5, 2009

Why Planning Works

I'm back from the gym having completed the 5th day of the five days of exercise I planned. After tonight's shift, I have two days where I can do just what I want to do. I have a bottle of wine to try, a lovely meal planned, a pile of new magazines to read. And I can do this joyfully knowing that I completed my exercise for the week.

When I went back to reread my post about planning it didn't seem conclusive enough, so I want to finish a few thoughts. Why does planning work? For one, it keeps me out of the drive-thru. Where I work is just around the corner from a McDonald's. I used to go there on my supper break just about every shift I worked. I can't even begin to fathom how much fat, salt and chemicals I willingly putting into my body. And despite what McDonald's will have you think, that crap is not (as Alton Brown says) good eats. Now, because I plan my meals, I never leave for work without having my bag of food. I have delicious and nutritious leftovers from meals that I lovingly prepared, or at the very least a healthy, good quality frozen meal. I also have my water jugs and a couple of snacks like carrots, almonds, grapes and sometimes a treat like a Jamfrakas bar. Eating healthy food at work gives me energy to finish my shift and helps me to sleep better. I never slept well after eating a big bag of fast food at 7pm. Talk about heartburn and bloating.

Planning my meals in advance keeps me from unnecessary trips to the market (this is a money and time saver, too) and allows me to control what I put into my body. I have no idea what is coming out of that Chinese or pizza delivery kitchen. I can use the best quality ingredients, control the amount of fat and salt that goes into my food. Planning for snacks makes sure that I'm not hungry and therefore vulnerable to eat something that's not good for my health at the last minute.

Planning might seem boring to some people, but it keeps things interesting in my kitchen. I'm always trying new recipes and finding ways to make healthy tweaks to old favorites.

Regular workouts give me more energy, improve my moods and makes body stronger. It also allows me to eat a bit more and have treats and still find the numbers on the scale going down. Planning my workouts is the difference between thinking I should work out and knowing that I did.

I hope this makes things a bit clearer. If you have any questions about planning, don't hesitate to ask. I have to make lunch now and then head to work. I don't know if I'll post over the weekend, I might have too much relaxing to do. Have a wonderful, safe and joyful weekend and I'll see you at the weigh-in on Monday.

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree ! Planning is the secret to success ! I can't tell you how many times - when I didn't PLAN a day's food - that I felt myself pulled into the McDonald's drive thru, especially towards the end of a long day ! you are not alone in that one. Here's to a great week for us both !!

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  2. By the way, if you're looking for a good site with some new recipes to work into your plan, my friend Amy has a good one. No, this isn't a spam or junk e-mail. Just passing on a good resource from one dieter to another ! I love these muffins: http://amyella.blogspot.com/2008/03/amys-cherry-almond-oat-crunch-muffin.html

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  3. Thanks for the link to amyella's blog. Her recipes look nice, it's a shame she gave up blogging. Thanks for stopping by and have a great (planned) week. :)

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