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The Importance of Planning

September 30, 2011 1 comment

Hey there!

Long time no talk.  And for good reason, I promise. I started a part-time job (in addition to my Dietetic Internship) as a Personal Trainer at a local gym, so it has been a little challenging to get back into the habit of 14-hour days.  BUT… Have no fear, because I consider myself a master of planning which makes life during the week a whole lot easier. Need some guidance?

Tip #1: Make large dishes in the beginning of the week

I love Sundays! This week I made a homemade spaghetti sauce which was super easy and way lower in sodium than the jarred stuff.  I also made homemade granola bars and a quinoa dish to take to work for lunches.

Tip #2: Buy easy-to-grab food items

I know that it’s usually cheaper to buy things in bulk or bigger containers, but sometimes my need for convenience wins and I buy the individual serving sizes of my favorite items.  In certain situations I think paying a little bit extra is worth me not having to spend the extra prep time.  Think yogurts, peanut butter packets, and Larabars. Always search for sales and coupons!

Tip #3: Keep snacks at work

This is still new to me after starting a full-time position, but I really can’t stress just how important it is to keep healthy snacks on hand at work.  I get hungry at random times throughout the day and if I didn’t have something nutritious to grab, I would probably go for the sweets that constantly appear in the kitchen.  Set yourself up for success! I always have apples and nuts in a drawer.

Tip #4: Plan your week accordingly for splurges

For example, if you know you’ll be eating out or joining in on happy hour, pack a lighter and veggie-filled lunch that day.  Eat a substantial snack on your way out so you don’t attack the free chips or the appetizers.  

On the exercise front… I also wanted to put a plug in for my very favorite group exercise class–BODY PUMP!  I’m using a guest pass to try out some classes at a new gym and have been lucky enough to make it to Body Pump two times in the past week.  Let me tell you guys, if you haven’t tried it you should!  I get such a great strength training workout from this class and push myself so much further than I ever would on my own.  Don’t be intimidated because it is really fun too. 

Anyways, I’m planning a “5 Things you Should Add to Your Grocery List” post for Saturday so be sure to check back!  

TGIF [tomorrow]!

 

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