Plan Ahead for Success

I know you’ve probably heard it all before but it’s oh so true!  As I sit here wishing I’d planned better because the editing plans for the video I intended to share today isn’t cooperating I thought that today I didn’t plan my lunch well either.

Yesterday morning I had to be at work by 8:30 and I didn’t pack a lunch because I was going to buy some veggie sticks and fruit for lunch…I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy.  Well, my train died and even though things were resolved quickly I had no time to shop before arriving at work.  I also didn’t have time to go out and buy something for lunch time.

What’s a girl to do?  I didn’t feel like going to our cafeteria because I never see anything I like or want to eat there that is on my plan except for a banana or a nice looking salad that has stuff I don’t want in it such as cheese.

We did have left-overs from our breakfast meeting that I had passed up before since I’d had my smoothie at home but by 1pm I knew I needed to eat something so I grabbed a whole wheat bagel and ate that plain.  Ugh..so boring but it was my only option.  It meant that by 5pm I was hungry…toxic hunger!  I don’t normally eat refined grain products.  I’m glad it didn’t lead to more carb cravings!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to set yourself up for success in advance so you don’t end up eating unfavorable foods that don’t fit in with your plan. 

Here are some handy tips:

1- prepare a menu and shop in advance for the upcoming week…cook one or two soups or stews to have on hand for lunches.  if you follow my plan in my e-book you’ll know what i’m talking about! (psst…you can get my e-book by scrolling up and signing up for it…it’s FREE!)

2- cook a few extra servings of something and freeze it if you won’t be eating it in the next few days.

3- pack your lunch at home–even if it’s just fruit and some veggie sticks (I should’ve taken the 5 minutes to do this one yesterday)

4- have some extra stuff on hand so if you run out of prepared food you can toss together a salad or a quick meal.  I love canned beans tossed with some salad dressing and chopped veggies.  It’s filling and convenient.

What are some tips that you regularly use to keep you on track and make your lunch planning work for you?

 

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