07 Sep Prepped for Success
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. It’s no secret that the best way to achieve any health and fitness goal is to have a plan to set you up for success. The dedication and commitment you put into actioning that plan will obviously determine your success and whether you achieve your goals or not. Part of achieving your goals is also sticking to your Chief Life meal plan, actioning your food intake with success and sticking to The Chief Life principles. The more planned and prepared you are, the greater success you will get. So here are the top 3 tips from this ‘Meal Prepping Queen’ on how to set up your plan of success:
TIP #1: Make the time! Let’s face it— you’re going to have to spend some time in the kitchen. Figure out what works for you and where you can dedicate some time in your week to preparing some of your meals. I’m a high school teacher who trains from 5am-7am and 5pm-7pm every day. I leave home at 4:30am and I don’t get home until 8pm. I also have 2 weeks holiday every 10 weeks between the school terms. Knowing how busy and hectic my life gets during the school term, I figured out that I could spend one full day in the kitchen during my holidays to meal prep for my entire 10 week term ahead. Buying a standing vertical freezer on Gumtree for $200 was the best investment I’ve ever made!
I can give up an entire day, but that may not be suitable for you. Maybe you can dedicate a Sunday afternoon to doing a week’s worth of meals. Maybe you can cook part of the meals during the week, but might benefit from have your breakfast and lunch prepared for the week ahead. Maybe you want your weekends free so Friday night you do all your meals for the week ahead. This will be different for everyone, but at the end of the day- it has to work for you and you have to sacrifice some time to make it happen. Achieving goals takes some sacrifice, and this is one of them.
TIP #2: Outsource what you can and take shortcuts where possible. Instead of making a salad, buy the pre-made salad bags from your local super-market. Instead of slaving over the stove for 30 minutes at the end of the day, chuck a meal in the slow cooker and let it sit for the day. There are so many meal options for you to make life a lot easier. When I’m doing my 10 week meal prep, I’ll go for options like pre-made gluten free meatballs, rather than making them from mince. I’ll either roast a tray of vegetables or BBQ a bunch of vegetables to keep in the fridge to add to salads and dinners through the week. I’ll always have some steamed fresh vegetable packs in my freezer to top up a meal. There are shortcuts you can take to make this process easier for you! The more time you spend building the habit of meal prepping, the easier it gets. After 3 years of meal prepping, it’s now second nature and takes half the time.
TIP #3: Do it in bulk! Where possible, cook an extra serve. Having a bank of frozen meals can save you on a busy night if you do get stuck. In our modern society, with all the fast food outlets surrounding us, it can be easy to fall into the trap of “I’ll just get this, it’s convenient.” As we know, convenient doesn’t necessarily mean “good for us”, and our mind likes to justify our choices we make so we feel better. If your goals are important to you, don’t let this be the reason for you to not follow The Chief Life protocols. Next time you make a meal for 2, make it for 3 instead and fill up a container. It’ll add no additional time onto your cooking, but will save you when life gets in the way.
Meal prepping isn’t about whether you have the time to do it… It’s about whether you prioritise the time to do it. This is the difference between going for the silver standard or the gold standard. Do you want to achieve all of your goals, or are you happy to settle for half of it? At the end of the day, you’ll only get out what you put in. There are certainly ways to make it easier on yourself, but you have to make the sacrifice firstly.