Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I'm a planner. I love to make lists, do research, come up with a vision and then make it happen. I feel especially excited when I find exceptional deals. This kind of stuff is fun for me.
The one area of my life where I haven't made the most out of my penchant for planning is when it comes to food and panning meals. Part of this week's Healthy Living Challenge focuses on planning in order to be more successful. I'm glad that we're doing this because I know that meal planning saves me both time and money, and it significantly cuts down on my stress levels. I also know that if I plan well, I can work a couple of splurges into the mix. It's the whole "I can have *anything* I want, but I cannot have *everything* I want" philosophy, and I've found that it really works for me.
I also need to plan when and how I will get some fitness in. When I don't have a lot going on, it's no problem. However, in busy weeks, it can definitely be more of a challenge, and I think it would help to have a plan.
All that said, this week is a bit crazy for me. Parent-teacher conferences, my husband coming home late due to his involvement in a fundraiser, my kids' 100th day of school, a lunch date with my husband, my daughter's gymnastics class, valentine's day, dinner and a concert with some friends, and, over the weekend, our annual "camp-in" with a huge group of friends. All of this will be fun, but a lot of the upcoming activities are food-focused and getting some physical activity in will be essential to balance that out.
I know I'll be walking as much as possible. Over the weekend, I'm planning to get up early and get a few miles in before everybody else even wakes up. We'll be taking the kids sledding, so that should get my heart rate up, and I'm hoping we'll get to play laser tag or go roller skating. I'm also planning to focus a lot more on connecting with my friends than on eating (especially mindless eating!) On days that I know I'll be having a meal at a restaurant, I'm going to make sure that my other meals are light, and then I'm going to enjoy what I order without guilt.
How do you plan your meals and activities?