It’s Monday, and I couldn’t be more excited. I know what you’re thinking. Mondays are not usually a day full of excitement for most people. But for me they are! They are the start of a new and fresh week. They’re full of all the possibility in the world.
Basically, on Mondays, anything can happen!
Also, for me, Mondays are my planning days. I spend the weekend enjoying myself and relaxing with my friends and family. But as soon as Monday hits, I’m in planning mode.
My work schedule. My workouts. And most importantly, my meals and snacks!
And that’s exactly what I wanted to chat with you today.
I used to go through my days and weeks with no guidance or plan. I wouldn’t know what’s for dinner that night. I wouldn’t have a plan for the day.
So do you know how much healthy food I ate during that time in my life? Very very little.
Instead, what happened when hunger would strike? I’d grab for whatever was easiest and sounded the best. Often, that was something from a drive-thru (can you say Taco Bell 7-Layer Burrito at LEAST once a week…). Or chips and salsa for dinner. Or a handful of candy for a “snack” that gave me no added energy, and definitely no real nutrients.
Once I started planning every single meal out, including snacks, it was like I had a blueprint for my day. I didn’t have to think about it. It was all right there written out for me! And there was no more impulse eating. You know what that meant for me?? I was losing weight without even trying! All I had to do was MAKE A PLAN.
You’re probably wondering what foods you should be planning for your day-to-day, and we’ll definitely get there. In fact, we’ll talk about it next week. But this week, I want you focus just on making the plan.
What are your favorite meals? What does your family like to eat? What things have you saved on Pinterest that you’ve wanted to try and make? This is where you can plan it all out and make it happen.
Whether you’re planning for one day at a time, a week, or a month, you need to sit down and decide what you’ll eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a couple small snacks each day.
Write it down.
And then make a grocery list based only on those meals and snacks in your plan.
When you go to the store, you only buy those things on your list, according to plan. Don’t shop hungry or emotional. That will improve the likelihood that you will stick to the list, which will in turn improve the odds that you will stick to your meal plan. If you don’t buy anything extra, you surely can’t eat anything extra, right?
Oh, I have learned something new that has made grocery shopping an absolute breeze for me that I just had to share with you.
MASTER GROCERY TIP:
Do a search right now to see if any of your grocery stores offer either grocery delivery or grocery pick-up. I just learned over the weekend that one of my grocery stores offers both. You order online (based on your PLANNED GROCERY LIST), an amazing grocer does all the hand-picked shopping for you, and you can either pick it up from the store at a scheduled time, or they will deliver it right to your doorstep! Isn’t that amazing?!
And I know what you’re thinking. “My city isn’t progressive enough for that kind of service.” Well, let me tell you. I live in a very small suburb of Salt Lake City, and the two stores I know that offer it are very small and local grocery chains. And I have heard rumor that some Walmart stores are starting to offer the grocery pick up service.
So I totally suggest checking it out. See if it is even something that exists in your area. Because if you aren’t even in the store doing the shopping, there’s no way you’ll be tempted by impulse buys. In my opinion, it could be an absolute game-changer to your health journey.
Once you make this change in your life to start planning your meals, you will be amazed at how you feel and how your body will thank you. In turn, the weight just may drop off for you because of this one simple change!
I will never go back to a life where I don’t plan my meals and snacks. I hope you take this important next step for your health and potential road to weight loss.