I learned a lot of lessons due to preparation. Better stated, the lack of preparation. After a few failures, I got the hint and started preparing a bit more. My weight loss has benefited from preparation. From writing a to-do list, to laying out workout clothes the night before and to preparing food.
Preparation is the difference between:
- Eating an apple for a snack rather than finding a gas station and chowing down on a Milky Way. B
- Bringing a healthy lunch to work rather than finding the local pizzeria and having two huge slices of pie.
- Walking around the gym aimlessly wasting time and getting in a quick and effective workout
Preparation is a key element to weight loss.
When I first started to lose weight, I was ill prepared. I woke up in the morning and made a half attempt to pack a lunch but was never really satisfied because I was running late to work. I go to the gym and decided ad hoc what I was going to workout. I didn’t bring any snacks to workout so I found myself in the aisles of 7-Eleven looking for something “healthy” to eat. Each week, I got a little bit better at preparing and overtime, I became and expert at preparing myself for the next day/week and planning out what I was going to eat as well as my exercise routine.
On Sundays, my wife and I make a dinner menu for the week to come and go grocery shopping. The menu also includes several lunch options to bring to work during the week as well as a litany of healthy snacks. This may sound trivial, but planning out your week menu and only purchasing the food for that menu helped me not binge eat on crap food at home; because there was no crap food on the week’s menu, there was no crap food at home.
When I first started experimenting with preparation, I wasn’t very good at it. I forgot things, or I prepared the wrong things. Its a lot like weight loss. I had to practice at it, tweak the method and find what worked for me. Just like anything else, once I got good at it, it became a habit and is now a part of my daily routine.
Preparation is an essential tool for my weight loss. Try it out!