Monday, January 31, 2011
The Lazy Planner
I've always been jealous of those people who remember every birthday and send cards. I mean to, sometimes I buy cards but they just sit on the table, oh how horrible I feel when that happens. I'm thankful for facebook for that alone; just the ability to say "Happy Birthday." I know the card is nice, but at least I'm not a COMPLETE jerk anymore!
I always say, and this isn't a cliche, I really always say this.. I'm successful because I'm lazy! I don't want to do something over and over again so I find ways to make things easier! I'm a geek, I design processes and code at work to make things easier, because I DON'T WANT TO DO THEM! I eliminate steps, I live for the simplicity, especially when it comes to planning my food. I believe this is my downfall.
I've tried every diet out there over the years. The stupid to the expensive and not scalable and everything in between. None of which have worked for me simply because I'm a lazy planner. Slimfast, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc. I know that I need to plan my diet, not only for the simple math to lose weight and gain muscle, but I also need to account for how I am going to fuel my Ironman dreams here or risk injury.
I know what I need to do, but life is going by so fast, and its so easy to just pick up a bagel or just buy an oatmeal for breakfast. I'm using my new smoothie maker but I don't always have the fresh fruit! I feel like I'm having an argument with myself "I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW.. "
The last few months have throw my whole planning cycle off in general but I'm ready to get back in the game! I find that preparing my food ahead of time also helps. I have to prepare my breakfast, but I know I can't change my laziness habits! For example, I make quiche using a 9x13 pan, egg beaters and I cut it and eat it like a donut in the car on the way to work. I know it would take 3 minutes to eat it at the table but for some reason I won't. Some things won't change so I won't try .... I guess it's up to me to figure out what I can change, and it's up to me to figure out what personality traits I need to work around.
The funny thing is I'm very, VERY anal! Im a Type A to the CORE! -Just ask my husband, or anyone who has ever lived with me! I LIKE to plan, I like things planned out! I just can't seem to get it straight on my food! Maybe admitting this will keep me honest.
Now to go MAKE the quiche for the week so I stop buying the bagels!
**I'll post the Quiche recipe in the Facebook page**
ADDED 2/1- I thought I'd add Coach Alexis comment directly to the blog post because its most excellent.. see the comments for more details.
The smartest thing to do is take it one step at at a time. (Not sure if you read my newsletter yet.)
Meal prep is great...eating in the car so-so, but if it's a healthier meal, fine. Don't worry about having fresh fruits, buy frozen for a few reasons:
1. You'll always have some available
2. You'll still get the vitamins you need
3. They won't go bad
4. You don't have to thaw them out, just pop them in your blender