If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!
Your health journey is your own. I am here to provide the tips and tools that can help you on that journey. It all STARTS here but you have to make the daily DECISION to stay healthy. The decision to be fit is you own, and I can’t make it for you. What I can do is give you support and encouragement while you take steps each day toward achieving your goals.
This week must start with a trip to the grocery store and some meal prepping. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Stay on the perimeter: Most of the healthy whole foods are found on the perimeter of grocery stores while the isles have all of the over processed, artificial, sugar added, junk foods. Now, you will have to go down a couple of those isles for things like whole grains, but focus on the outside where you can get fruits, veggies, and proteins.
- Don’t shop hungry: This was my first key to success. I ate before going to the store and was able to actually stick to my grocery list. Focus at the store is essential! I don’t know about you, but if there are Oreos in the house, I’m going to eat them. And if I go to the store hungry, I’m going to buy Oreos. So eat right before you go so you aren’t tempted.
- No kid food: Unfortunately dino nugs, smiley fries, Lucky Charms, and cookie dough are not on the shopping list. Instead of reaching for these (not so) child friendly items, focus on fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. You can even grab chocolate covered almonds to help get rid of that cookie dough craving.
- Know your schedule: We want to avoid food emergencies. How often have you been driving from one place to another and find yourself starving in the car. The fantastic convenience of fast food, is a nightmare for our bodies. So, if you know what your schedule will be, you know you need to have snacks in the car and an easy to grab breakfast that doesn’t include Pop Tarts (because of number three).
- Be prepared: Life sometimes throws wrenches at us and just because we thought we were going to have time to make a nice home cooked dinner, the world may have other plans. That’s why I like to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer so that I don’t find myself in a food emergency.
Meal planning and list making is a habit that does take a little effort on the front end. I have found that the more I do them, the easier it becomes. Part of the reason for that, is I have a few foods I know I like my family likes. I can always go back to old tried and true lists. But that takes patience and diligence.
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