Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Success and planning go hand in hand

I have officially adopted a new mantra:

Proper planning puts us in a better position to make healthier food choices.

So what do I mean by this? Well, using myself as an example, I work full time. In addition to working, I'm also in school and attend classes 2 nights a week. Because I know that I don't have time to stop for dinner on my school nights, it's important that I pack a meal that I can eat on the way to class.

Well, that's a great idea, and it works beautifully when I actually do it. But, today was one of those days where I just didn't have time to do anything extra. I had no dinner, nor did I have any snacks to tide me over. By the time I left work and got to my car, I was officially starving.

On my way to class, the only thing I could think about was food. I let myself get SO hungry, that I just wanted something quick, filling, and delicious. In times like these, fast food always gets the job done, right?

Well today I'm happy to report that I fought the urge to stop at the drive thru, and won. Even though I had to stop for dinner before class (which made me late by the way), I was strong and opted to have a Japanese beef and veggie bowl. Now, I'm not saying this was the absolute healthiest food I could have eaten, but it was a much better choice than a burger and fries.

Planning has been a recurring theme in my life lately. Tonight I realized that my lack of planning put additional stress on my body that it really didn't need. Not packing a meal made me wait entirely too long to eat. Waiting too long to eat made me too hungry. Being too hungry made me vulnerable to eating fattening foods because they're quick, easy and available. AND on top of all that, my lack of planning made me late to class, which is never a good thing.

The moral of the story is this: even though I made a relatively decent food choice, my lack of planning created a snowball effect that made making this decision much more difficult than it needed to be. What are some ways you can plan better to ensure your weight loss success?

1 comment:

  1. For me, I need to plan my meals on the weekend to ensure I have all of the fruits and veggies I need and also so that I KNOW what is for dinner on any given night. If I don't know, I'm much more likely to pick up fast food. And more than anything, I don't want my children to "get used" to eating fast food.