For those of you that haven't heard, I recently decided to take on my second passion, Nutritional Sciences.
I work the early morning shift as a Nutrition Consultant, and then I'm back in the Studio painting until about 8 or 9:00 pm.
It's been a challenge to say the least. Time is of the ESSENCE especially when it comes to me fitting in my own meal plan and workouts.
But after three weeks, I've made some really small HUGE (you'll see) awesome adjustments that I hope will help you stick to your meal plan and workouts like it has for me.
- FIRST...pack your food: The first thing I do when I get home from work is I prepare my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Yep, it seems daunting, but it usually only takes me about 30-minutes from start to finish. Then I pack up my breakfast, lunch, and morning snack to take to work.
- Plan 1 fun task that will almost guarantee you going to the gym/yoga studio/pool: For example I love coffee, and it also gives me a small boost for my workout. So before I go to the gym, I drink a half cup of coffee (usually about 4 oz) that I either purchase on the way to the gym or I make at home.
- Plan for you weakest hours: What I mean by your "weakest" hours is, the time of day your most open to lapse. For example, I'm less motivated in the evenings to stick to my meal plan than in the mornings, which is why I prepare extra veggies and fruit to munch on instead of my husbands pizza!
- Natural Sugar vs. Refined Sugar: My favorite snack right now is 1/2 cup Blueberries in 8 oz Organic Greek yogurt (fat free or low fat). It's sweat, creamy, and satisfying, and no refined sugar. We actually don't need ANY refined sugar in our bodies. ZERO! But a lot of the foods were currently eating contains RS, even restaurants are adding refined sugar to salads! And the more we eat, the more we will crave.
- Less is truly more: I am the BEST worst example of this. I use to workout 2-hours a day everyday and see hardly any results. But in the past two years, especially with my new schedule, my workouts can range from 45 to 20-minutes doing only HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training). And I'm 10 lbs heavier wearing 2 pant sizes smaller. And all because I'm pushing myself harder in a shorter period of time.
If you have some other creative tips, please share! I'm always looking for some creative ideas to share with my clients even.