What’s the first step in losing weight or creating a healthier lifestyle? The first thought that comes to some people’s mind is to work out more, eat less, or eat better foods. All of these are correct, but the very FIRST step that needs to be taken is to GET ORGANIZED!
Why do I say this? If you have a goal of cooking healthy meals at home instead of going out to eat then you are likely familiar with food prepping. Food prepping takes quite a bit of organization. Think about it! You have to have plenty of healthy foods in your pantry and refrigerator so that you have what you need to food prep or cook something on the fly. If your pantry, refrigerator and kitchen are in a shambles, then the likelihood of you succeeding is not as high as if you were prepared and organized.
If you are really serious about your weight loss goals, then get organized! Here are some steps to think about in creating a healthier lifestyle.
- Take a serious look at your pantry. What’s in there. Get rid of any food that is expired, not going to meet your current goals, and arrange food by categories. Make sure you have plenty of healthy food to choose from, but don’t overbuy so that your pantry is so full, you can’t even see what’s in there. Honestly, if you are eating more fresh vegetables, fruits and meat, then your pantry won’t really need to have a whole lot in it.
- Move on to your refrigerator. Follow the same process, but really take a look at what’s in there. I know many years ago I learned that my love of condiments was seriously inhibiting my weight loss goals. Condiments frequently have hidden calories that you might not even be aware of so read your labels, and purge any condiments that won’t meet your current goals.
- There’s no way around it, but eating out is going to be less frequent and cooking at home is going to be your top priority. In order to achieve efficiency and success in the kitchen, it needs to be organized! Kitchen gadgets and fancy appliances are great, but how many times are you realistically going to be using them. Put the main items you are going to be using everyday in lower cabinets and ones that are less frequent in higher cabinets. During this process, consider donating any gadgets or items that really don’t serve your current needs and goals. Remember, keep it simple and be realistic.
- Creating a healthier lifestyle does mean that you need to be more active, but this also means that you need to be more organized with your time. Time blocking your gym time, walking, yoga or any other activity that you want to ramp up on your calendar is a great way to help ensure your success. If your goal is to work out 3 times per week and you know you will be more likely to work out in the morning, then put these times in your calendar as a recurring event (perhaps Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7 am to 8 am) to get yourself into this new habit. Remember it takes 21 days to create a habit, so be persistent and stick with it.
Over the past few years, I have struggled with my weight. I have had some success in that I have downsized from a Size 24 to a Size 18, but now I need to buckle down and get even healthier and lose some more weight. My goal is 25 lbs by the end of February and then another 25 lbs by August of 2017. I will then be at my ideal weight. Because I am starting September 1st, I am already entering workout times on my calendar so I can get into a more active routine. I am clearing out my pantry and refrigerator this weekend. I am looking into a food delivery service so that I don’t have to cook. I have found that it is difficult for me to personally cook for just myself so I might have better luck with this service.
Remember, invest a little time in getting organized first so that you set yourself up for success in the near future and for years to come. Downsize your pantry, refrigerator and kitchen so you can downsize YOU!
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