I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It’s kind of weird to be starting this weigh-in post with a quote, but I’m sort of kicking myself a little bit right now for how this past week went. Even though I wouldn’t say this week was a fail it just did not go like I wanted it to for this very reason: I did not plan!
Part of what has allowed me to be as consistent as I have been with exercising is because I have been planning out when I will exercise. This week I let that go by the wayside and I did not plan out when I would be taking my walks and what do you know? I did not meet my step goal one time over the last week.
Last week my eating was also not what I wanted it to be. I have been attempting to reel in my eating out. I am aiming to only eat out once a week, at least until the holiday season has passed. Even though I wanted to only eat out once, I ended up eating out three times last week. Once for date night and twice over the weekend just because I didn’t plan meals.
Alright, Alright enough of what I didn’t do this week. There is no point in dwelling on the past. I believe what’s most important is continuing to improve. I wanted to share with you some things that I will be doing this upcoming week so I don’t have a repeat of last week. These are things that have been helping me to stay on track when I actually do them.
#1: Meal Planning
I will be meal planning lunches and dinners for the week, plus weekends (minus the one dinner that I will be eating out). Lately, I’ve been meal planning and it has helped me to eat out a little less, even on the weekends. Meal planning helps me out so much because I do not have to guess what we will be having, it is laid out in advance.
#2: Meal Prepping
I will be meal prepping. I will wash and cut up all the vegetables that I will be using for the upcoming week, wash and dry fruits, and prepare lunches for the week for me and my husband. Although this does not seem like a lot, doing these simple things saves me so much time when the week gets started. For tips on meal prepping check out my post The Simple Guide To Meal Prepping: 8 Tips to Make Your Life Easier In the Kitchen.
#3: Planning Out Exercise
For right now my exercise of choice is walking. I will be planning out when I will be going on my walks, instead of leaving things up to chance. As you can see, when I leave exercising up to chance it pretty much never happens.
Have you ever tried planning out your week? If you haven’t tried planning out your week I would highly recommend it. It’s a game changer! When I plan my week it goes by smoother and I accomplish what I set out to accomplish. When I don’t plan…well things just don’t go like I want them to for the most part.
NOW ON TO THIS WEEKS WEIGH-IN…
THIS WEEKS WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:
Starting Weight in January: 253
Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0
Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6
Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2
Week 4 Weigh-In: 227.0
Week 5 Weigh-In: 224.2
Week 6 Weigh-In: 223.8
Weight Lost Since Last Week: -.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost Since January: -29.2 lbs
This week I weighed in at 223.8. That is a little under a half a pound lost since last week. I am happy with that number. It’s forward progress and that’s always the ultimate goal, right?
Even though not planning threw me a little off balance last week, I’m realizing that things won’t always be perfect. Sometimes I won’t be as prepared as I would like. Sometimes I may eat out more than I want to and exercise less than what I had hoped for. That. Is. Just. Life. in my opinion. I have decided to not beat myself up over what did or did not happen. It’s all about continuing to improve and doing the best I can.
This next week I’m counting the “best I can” as meal planning, meal prepping, and planning out exercise because planning is what helps me out the most. What does “the best I can” mean to you? I’m curious to know!
That’s all I have for now. I hope you are having a great week and that it only gets better! Talk to you later!!
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