I’m in my mid-twenties and finally out of school for a while, yet I still feel like Sundays are a “school” night. My friends and husband think I’m the lamest of the lame, but I start to get nervous around 5pm and have to go “get ready.” I know, you just can’t handle how cool I am.
I’ve been this way for years, though, and even more so during my weight loss journey. I took time each Sunday to set intentions for the week ahead. It was just the right amount of pep-talk and motivation I needed to keep on keepin’ on. Taking that time just for yourself once a week can do wonders for your Monday morning. Ask yourself:
What will the week look like?
Will I be out and about?
When would be good days to get some exercise?
That’s the key with setting goals. They have to be attainable yet adaptable too. You could have the cleanest, coolest meal plan, but what happens if you work late or you forgot to set the crock pot timer? Do you have healthy, plan B options waiting for you in the fridge? Do you know how to order in a balanced way off of a take-out menu? It’s the same with exercise. Realistically, you may not make it to the gym every day, but maybe you can use a DVD or YouTube video at home in your living room or walk your dog for an hour instead of 30 minutes. Learn to adapt to the challenges, otherwise, you’ll feel defeated before you even get started.
In terms of food, there are a few things you can do on a Sunday night to get prepared for a new week of eats. No stress required.
+Wash and chop your veggies for the week. Place in clear containers in your fridge and label to see what you have on hand. You’ll save money and eliminate food waste too!
+Hardboil some eggs. Eggs are the perfect source of portable protein (say that five times fast!), and they can be the perfect addition to a salad, sandwich, quick breakfast, or as an afternoon snack. Try my easy method!
+Pack your lunch. Get the week started with a healthy, filling meal that gives you energy but won’t slow you down. You’ll also save time in the morning to do other things, like find your keys, or wrangle your children. My current favorite lunch is a big, ol’ salad, but not just any ol’ salad. A salad with Staying Power.
In a large container, layer chopped raw and/or cooked veggies; two big handfuls of salad greens; a hardboiled egg; extra protein from lean meat like chicken, turkey, or tuna and/or beans; optional small handful of nuts; a pinch of red pepper flakes; small container of vinaigrette dressing or Bolthouse Farms Creamy Garlic (OMG) tucked inside.
1 slice of sprouted grain bread (Food for Life brand is my fave!)
1 piece of fruit
*don’t forget a snack for the afternoon!
After you’re done prepping for the week, go take some time for YOU and then go to bed early so you get at least 7 hours of sleep. Simply count backward from the time you like to wake up…