Better Health = Organization

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just because I’m pregnant, it doesn’t mean that weight management went out of the window. I still need to be as organized as I can. I heard that you do all you can to eat balanced meals and when the baby comes along you wonder if you have time to eat. Let’s see what my experience will be.

I’ve learned you need to have goals, so here are mine:

Short term goals (for the next 4 weeks)
1. Work out 4 times a week;
2. Eat nutritious, balanced meals daily;
3. Combat stress.

Goals for the week

1. Work out 4 times a week (2 more times to go);
2. Lift weights 3 times a week (1 more to go);
3. Eat small dinner early in the evening;
4. Read a magazine and get a pedicure (I'm doing my own while my pregnant belly allows me LOL);

In order to eat nutritious meals all day, we need a few organization tips. These work for me but do a little research and see what works for you.

In order to eat a healthy breakfast daily: I make sure I have groceries. In the winter I love to eat oatmeal so I make 1 cup and the morning and the day after all I need to do is put my bowl in the microwave.

If I’m eating cereal, I put my bowl, spoon, banana and cereal box on the table so all I need to do is to grab the milk. None of these things work unless I wake up with enough time to eat breakfast.

Lunch/snacks: I try to save money and get great nutrition by bringing my lunch to work. Sometimes I pack leftovers from last night’s dinner, sometimes I fix a sandwich on my way to work. For snacks, pre-packed processed stuff might save time but a banana and an apple are packed naturally, full of energy and all you have to do is put it on your bag.

This week I’m into natural peanut butter with rice cakes. I just leave the whole thing at work so I’m okay for the week. If I make popcorn at home, I pack a cup or two and take it to work for another good snack.

Dinner: I ask my husband what he would like to eat and from there I build my grocery list/menu for the week. In case we don’t talk about what he would like, I just make a menu and we go from there. We try to cook the time consuming dishes on Sunday night and make the rest of the week easy for both of us who work all day and are not interested in waiting 2 hours for dinner or eating out. In my experience, the ‘simpler’ the dinner, the better for my health. For example: a ‘simple’ dinner for us would be: steamed broccolis, grilled chicken breast, blackeyed peas and brown rice. By simple I mean, no casserole (we eat them for Thanksgiving LOL), no 3 hours on the stove required.
Do you realize that being healthy takes effort on your part? But it’s so worthy it. Remember what may seem laborious now can become part of your lifestyle. It’s the beginning of a new year, make an investment in you!