Staying on Track the Simple Way
This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My journey to wellness started about three months ago and it’s been pretty interesting to say the least. Some days are flat out difficult while other days are pretty simple. And it all depends on how well I’ve planned ahead.
If your life is anything like mine, having a slow day where you’re not running around like a chicken with its head cut off, is few and far between. That’s why it’s so important that I have a plan in place to keep me on track.
Depending on what’s on the agenda for the day, I usually start the day off making a list of everything I need to get done. And since I’ve started working out with a trainer, I also have to write in when I’ll eat and what I’ll eat. Since he has me eating 5-6 times a day, I have to be extremely diligent to make sure I’m getting in the protein and calories so that I’m staying on track with my meal plan.
On days when I’m home all day, it’s easy to walk to the refrigerator or pantry and grab a nutrient-rich snack between breakfast and lunch, and then lunch and dinner. But when I’m out chauffeuring the kids around or running errands, it’s not as easy. While I’d love to run through the fast food drive-thru, I know that’s not the kind of food my body needs.
Staying on Track the Simple Way
So what does that mean?
It simply means to make those sometimes hard food decisions simple, by always planning ahead and giving yourself better options.
- Instead of stopping at the corner store and picking up a bottle of soda, carry a filled water bottle around with you at all times. I try to get in at least a gallon of water most days. If it’s a heavy workout day, I try to drink a little more. You can either keep track with a printable water intake tracker or for an even easier solution, simply keep a tally on your water bottle with a marker. Each morning wipe it clean with an alcohol pad.
- Instead of grabbing for a bag of chips, keep a nutrient-rich snack in your purse or bag. When hunger strikes, sometimes it is really difficult to make a smart decision on what to eat. By having a smarter alternative handy, you’ll be more likely to make a decision that’s better for your body. I usually have a Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple bar or a bag of nuts handy. If I’m going to be out more than normal, I usually bring more than one bar just in case. The variety of flavors allows me to keep things fresh so that I don’t bore of the same flavors.
- Instead of driving through the drive-thru, carry a canister of protein powder in your vehicle along with a shaker bottle. Since we workout at least 3-4 times per week and need to fill our bodies with protein within 15 minutes of working out, we keep a huge 5-pound canister of protein powder in our vehicle for right after workout. If I’m running errands and I get hungry, it’s better for me to have a protein drink than go through the drive-thru.
I think the most important thing about staying on track is that you need to have a plan in place. If I fail to plan ahead, it’s inevitable that I’ll make a bad decision that I’ll regret.
The unfortunate thing about this wellness journey is that it’s a constant battle of doing what my body needs over what my I want. I wish it was as simple as making a decision and sticking with it. But if you’re like me, you have to reprogram the way you look at food and fitness. I can’t remember where I saw this, but this is the saying I live by now, “I don’t live to eat, I eat to live.“
Our bodies need the right foods and we need to stay active. Staying on track isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it.
Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple bars are protein rich, gluten free, and have 200 calories or less. There are a variety of flavors including: Almond Toffee Crunch, Bing Cherry & Almond, Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, Roasted Cashew & Dark Chocolate, plus seasonal flavors including: Pumpkin Chai and Peppermint Bark. I’ve tried many protein bars and these are high on my list of favorites. I still get flavors I love (like chocolate), but I don’t have all the guilt that comes along with eating a chocolate bar.
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How do you stay on track when you’re busy?
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