If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
It's just about that time again to come back to AA for another semester! I for one could not be more excited... people flooding back to the city, crisp game days (praise khakis), the Diag in the fall, Fred's acaí bowls, MVMNT Cycling! Yes yes yes to all. Personally when I was in school here, August was always a bittersweet month. Of course you're excited to get back to AA for the fun stuff, but it was always overwhelming to think about classes, cooking my own food, having time to workout, having time to go out with friends - it's a lot to balance even for someone with great time management skills. There just aren't enough hours in the day when you're a student here #amiright? Also wtf is up with getting to class on the first day and already feeling like you're behind?!
Think about this for a second ---> if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Whether you're in college or the work world, I think we can all agree that this little phrase speaks volumes across many different parts of our lives. If you haven't planned your studying correctly, you'll get to the exam day and be totally F'd. If you haven't planned your work week out ahead of time, you'll run into unexpected barriers that keep you out of the gym/studio. If you don't plan for time to go grocery shopping, the whole week will go by in a blur of greasy carry out. Andddd on top of that, it's a vicious cycle. If you get behind in the first few weeks of the semester, you can kiss any plans you may have made goodbye, you won't have time.
So let's try something different.
August is you're chance to get your shit ready.
- PART 1: BREAKFAST + LUNCH -
Cooking doesn't have to be time consuming.
We all follow 348572349 food bloggers on Instagram, pin 345890745 recipes to Pinterest, and definitely save 3498712 of those Tasty videos on Facebook for later, but how many of those recipes are actually possible for your average Joe to cook or even have time for?! Maybe 1%. (I literally didn't even know how to use a spatula before college, and after college I'm not all that much better lol). My secret? KEEP IT SIMPLE and make it fun!
During your busy week, your everyday food has to be easy to make and easily accessible on the run. That salad I posted to Insta yesterday (@MVMNT_AA) took maximum 5 minutes to put together. Anything more time consuming than that, I find that my food just goes bad in the fridge.
STEP 1. Set aside a 1/2 day during your week dedicated to food. For me, it's always Sunday afternoons. I take the morning to sleep in, plan my food for the week and head to the grocery store after lunch. After a quick trip, I do any of the "heavy" cooking I need to do for the week. By that I mean anything that requires a skillet, oven, chopping, etc.
STEP 2. Once everything has been chopped up and/or cooked, separate it all into tupperware! If you're a busy person, there is nothing more valuable to your health than investing in tupperware! No matter how much healthy food you buy, if you can't organize it during planning, you'll never end up eating it. Here's my fridge this week!
STEP 3. Grab-and-go! Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to package up your salad (and a fork!) and grab your breakfast bar on your way out the door!
Below are my fastest recipes, get the most food for your effort and definitely the most bang for your $$$.
1) Breakfast Bars (15 minutes to make, cut into 12 bars, breakfast is served ALL WEEK+)
Click HERE to view this recipe from a previous blog!
2) Simple Salad (protein + veggies + something sweet = recipe for success)
-Lettuce (buy a bag of spring mix and make your life easy)
-Veggies! What do YOU like? Don't put something in the salad because some blogger told you it's healthy. If you don't like your salad, you'll either give up and the food will rot in your fridge OR you'll be force feeding yourself all week- fuck that noise. (In the salad pictured above, I used pre-shredded carrots, pre-shredded cabbage, radishes, peas, pre-cooked beets, pre-chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, quinoa and tempeh.) Do be aware of the dressing you use though! It's pretty easy to dump an entire bottle of dressing on top of this baby, but remember that dressing can be very calorie dense, have added sugar or even unhealthy preservatives! Pay attention to the serving size and you'll be gucci.
"New Year New You", sans NYE.
No, it's not 2018 yet, but why not make some healthy changes now? It has always been funny to me that people decide, arbitrarily, that January 1 of a new year is THE BEST time to make a change. If you actually think about that, it's pretty ridiculous. THE BEST time to make a change is actually NOW. Don't let yourself continue unhealthy habits just because its not the new year, or its the middle of the week and it would be better to start on Sunday, or any other excuse that you may come up with. Get your shit together, plan for success and see the results you want!
Can't wait to see you all back in the studio! Keep an eye out for Part 2 of this "August Get Fit Month" blog series coming out next week!
Get psyched, it's going to be a great semester.