Having your stress levels high whether good or bad can affect your hormone level, which in turn can affect your efforts for keeping a healthy body as well as a healthy weight. There are a lot of unpredictable events in our daily that we have no control over, so why not take action to reduce the amount of stress we have when it comes to those things that we can control? Making things simpler by organizing your routine or staying prepared, may allow you to be better equipped to handle unexpected stressors.
Make a weekly menu
Making a weekly menu, and grocery shopping according to that menu, allows you to not have to stare endlessly into your refrigerator and wonder what you should be cooking for dinner (or whatever meal). Plan out your breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners that you want for each day of the week (even if it’s take out, or order in, or restaurant). If this is TOO regimented, think of changing according to your desires. For example, if your Monday meals may not be what you have a taste for, then be creative by switching it with your Wednesday meal. Either way, you will be prepared for the occasion.
Cook more than one meal at a time
It really does not take much more energy to cook 2 meals than it does to make one. For example, sometimes I will make soup at the same time I cook a chicken dish, one dish utilizing the stove top while the other utilizes the oven. If you are going to be cutting and chopping and spending time in the kitchen anyway, why not combine your efforts? This way, when you don’t feel like cooking on some other night of the week, you will have cooked enough to last you a few days. I like doing soup because I know it’s one of those dishes that last a few days for leftovers. It’s also a perfect lunch, and goes well with a quick sandwich. Remember, I really don’t like to cook, but I LOVE to eat, so if the hot homemade food is already ready when I come home, it’s the best!
Organize your outfits for the week
If you have a fairly routine schedule, you pretty much know what your dress codes need to be for work, meetings, or events. If you have been keeping your calendar together, you also know what’s up and coming for your week. Getting your outfits together nightly, or weekly will help you be ready each morning, and makes it so you don’t have to rush to get dressed because you overslept or something. If they need to be ironed or cleaned, you will know this in advanced, and won’t have to be disappointed when you go to wear your favorite shirt and it’s not presentable, or ready to just slip on.
Prepare lunches the night before
If you were good about your meal planning, this may be the easiest thing to do. I LOVE leftovers, and when I put food away at night, I store them in containers that can easily be put into a lunch box or a cooler. If you don’t want your leftovers, make a sandwich, or whatever was on your lunch menu. Either way, you will be prepared for tomorrow. If you already have your lunch (and snacks) prepared, then you won’t have to stress about keeping your “eating schedule” on track. No last minute trips to get unhealthy fast food, or vending machine poison. I always say, if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!
Put your workouts in your appointment book
Whether you like to workout or not, we all know it’s important to do. Find something that you really enjoy doing, whether that’s bike riding (with your kids, family, or alone), playing Wii, dancing, doing videos, or working out at the gym/outside, etc. Decide whether it is more convenient to workout in the morning, on your lunch break, or at the end of the day. I like mornings because, I can get it over with since by the end of the day, I am pooped and can find many reasons not to do it. Figure out what works for you, then PENCILE IT IN! Get a planner! Schedule your workouts as if you are making an appointment. This makes it more difficult to ignore because are reminded daily. Plan it out for the week, this way you know that you have every intention to making it happen. Don’t be hard on yourself, if you are new to exercise, start with 1-2 days/week and work your way up to 3-5 days/week. Change it up; be creative so you don’t get bored. Either way, you know you have TIME because YOU scheduled the time to do it. No more Excuses! 🙂