Organization is Key to being Successful!

22 Jun

If you have a crazy schedule like most of us, you may find that it is challenging eating clean, getting to the gym, being a mom, traveling for work and getting all of your regular responsibilities taken care of.  Here are some tips that I use to help me meet my daily goals of staying fit, eating healthy, and staying sane.

1) Prepare your meals for the week ahead of time.  I cook 3 days worth of lunches for my husband and I in one evening so I don’t have to do it every night.

2)  Buy glass containers with lids to store all of your pre-made meals in.  When your lunch meals and snacks for the day are ready to go in the refrigerator, you can just grab and go.   Make sure you get several sets of containers so that you can prepare several meals in advance. 

3)  Pre-pack your gym bag and put it in the car.  This way you have all the items you need so you won’t make excuses to skip the gym.  A step beyond, pack 2-3 gym outfits in your bag so that you don’t have to continue lugging your gym bag back and forth from work to your home.  Be sure to put a plastic bag in your bag when you pack so you can separate your used clothes from your clean ones.

4)  If you have kids, make sure you have all their school and daycare items ready to go and their clothes laid out so that you don’t have to think about it the next morning, especially if you are working out in the morning or if you end up waking up late which is bound to happen to everyone at least once.

5)  If you have a hard time getting up super early in the morning to work out at the gym, but it is the only time you can get there, try wearing your gym clothes to sleep in and have your tennis shoes in the bathroom and your tooth-brush ready to go.  This way, you just have to get up, put your shoes on, brush your teeth and go!

6)  For those of us who have a brain fart and forget to pack our shoes, buy a second pair and put them in your car (A suggestion Andrea mentioned to me today when I told her that I forgot to pack my shoes for the first time and had to walk to my car in my heels and gym clothes- slightly humiliating by the way!)

7) Right out 5 days worth of meals you can prepare for dinner in advance.  If you have meat in your dinner plans, make sure to pull out the meat ahead of time to defrost so that when you get home you don’t have to wait even longer to prepare your dinner.

8)  If you travel, be sure to pack healthy snacks in your carry on so that you can stay on track and continue to eat every 2-3 hours. 

9)  Pack exercise bands in your travel bag as well if you are going to be gone for extended periods of time.  This way you can still work your muscles even when staying in a hotel.

10) Be sure to have healthy snacks available in your home and at work so that you will make healthy choices instead of going to a vending machine or eating something at home that you shouldn’t because you are hungry and unprepared.

11)  Breakfast is extremely important to have every day.  Try boiling eggs and storing them in your fridge and making protein bars or protein pancakes that you can easily store, heat up and eat in a time crunch or on the go. (Stay tuned, I will have a recipe for home-made protein bars and pancakes posted in the near future).

These are just a few ideas to help you stay organized and stay on track.  If anyone has any other suggestions that they use, please send us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

Karly Beth

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