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Planning to Succeed Everyday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I plan to succeed every day. Part of my success today was planned a day or two in advance. On Friday afternoon, during my lunch break I make my grocery list. I've already decided what foods I plan to make and we eat a very clean whole foods diet, so it is almost always the same list with a little variation.

Chicken Breast
Morning Star Garden Burgers
Slimwich Sandwich Buns
Low Sodium Chicken Breast Sandwich Meat
Sweet Potatoes
Skim Milk
Raw Almonds
Steel Cut Oats

These are always on the list. The variety of fresh veggies and frozen veggies changes depending on the recipes we are making. We always have olive oil, basmati rice (sorry, I'm not a brown rice kinda girl). I also keep raisins, prunes, dates, figs and craisins on hand. Sunflower seed butter is a staple in my diet as well is my favorite Ezekiel bread.

I love food and food combinations. I could go on with that all day. So, the list is made on Friday. I do not workout on Friday. I declare it my fun evening. When I get home from work I kick off my shoes put my favorite dance tunes on. I slip, slide and boogie in my socked feet while I'm making dinner. I do get sweaty and it is quite a workout, but that is not the purpose, it is just to have some fun moving my body and being a little goofy. On Saturday morning, it is long run day. Hubby and I eat breakfast at least an hour before a run. I usually have a frozen banana chopped up in the blender with skim milk and 1/2 cup of rolled oatmeal and a little dark chocolate. We get our 5 - 6 miles in (it increases by a mile each Saturday). After our run we make lunch together. Usually a garden burger on a slimwich bun with some steamed veggies on the side. After a long run, I need a good soak in a tub of epsom salt and I ice any sore areas of my legs. While I bath, ice and rest, my husband does the grocery shopping and puts the groceries away when he comes home.

On Sunday afternoons I love to cook. This is the only time I really have to spend time in the kitchen. I like to bake 6 - 12 chicken breast at one time. We put 6 chicken breast in the fridge and 6 in the freezer to be taken out mid week depending on how much we have eat. I also make a pan of whole wheat cranberry pecan scones, cut it into 8 wedges, individually wrap each serving and put them in the fridge to have as a grab and go snack for my lunch box. I also boil a dozen eggs every Sunday.

On Sunday afternoons I also sit down with my planner and look over the workouts I have scheduled. My calendar is filled out the beginning of each month. I have four run days each week, I have three weight lifting sessions each week. All I have to do is look to see how far I'm running on each night. I already know I'm running on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I really don't need to know much about my weight lifting nights during the week. I have that time scheduled with my trainer twice a week, she knows what I need to do to reach my goals. The one session I do on my own is a different matter. This takes planning. I have learned that the worst thing I can possibly do is to walk into the gym without a plan, a written plan. My trainer spends time writing down sets and reps for me when we meet. The very least I need to do is invest that same amount of time planning my workout and writing it down. Even if it is a cardio day I write what machine, at what intensity, for what amount of time.

By planning specifically what my goals are for each workout, I am planning to succeed. If I don't have it planned, it is easier to say "I don't feel like going to the gym". Going to the gym isn't a 'feel like it' kinda thing. It is a get 'er done kinda thing. Once I'm there and in the groove, I'm loving it.

Todays chicken dish is Pistachio Encrusted Chicken! So proud of it! I made up the recipe myself!!! I made a 'breading' of pistachios, wheat germ, flax seed, crushed red pepper flakes, rosemary and curry powder. These were processed to the consistency of flour, except the nuts were a little more chunky. I dipped the chicken breast in olive oil and then rolled them in the breading. I blackened them in a skillet and then baked them in the oven! Now I have 8 - 10 serving of chicken already for the week! I can chop it up and put it in a salad. I can pair it with a side. I can slice it to put on a sandwich.

I am ready for a new week! Gym bag packed. Foods made. Gym clothes and sports bras cleaned. Lunch box and utensils cleaned and ready. I'm planning to succeed today and every day this week, so that I am one week closer to succeeding in the races I have planned. Additionally, I have a physical next month, and I plan to successfully have a much improved cholesterol and blood pressure reading. Because, I am planning on successfully reaching my goals this year! I will succeed! What are YOUR goals? Do YOU have a plan? Will YOU succeed?
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    Thanks for sharing all the information. I never thought about planning out my exercise like you have. I exercise almost every day but did not thinking of planning for the month.
    3863 days ago
    I needed this today. You make it so that one can have fun during this journey of ours. I will include my 6 year old in the planning so she can learn early and not have to go through what I have gone through. I think that is one of the best part of my journey to be able to teach my kids. I think Saturday will be my planning day and then Sunday will be my grocery day as well. I miss my husband he used to do all the grocery shopping. He is currently in Afghanistan. Thank you for your blogs.
    3866 days ago
    giminy! another great blog... actually we are fairly similar on the food stuff.. I shop on Saturdays (can't wait for the farmer's market to open!).. and prep food.. wash everything.. cut it up and place in containers.. make my chicken.. clean the kitchen.. make a list of snacks I can have when i do have bouts of hunger so I won't eat something not so good.. fill up my water jugs for the week and VOILA. Do I deviate at times? sure... this is a lifestyle change not a jail... i figure regular people also occasionally have treats... sometimes, I just want to "drive through" somewhere.. an old addiction but once an addict always an addict.. so I drive through subway and get a turkey breast on wheat, sans cheese, toasted with all the veggies and vinegar to top it off.. yuuuummmmmoooooo.. a "treat" for 300 calories! life is good!

    Now, I have to plan for success with my fitness..

    Battle On!
    3871 days ago
    Wonderful blog. Great job planning! emoticon
    3874 days ago
    Holy cow - boy do I feel like a slacker in the planning department after reading your blog

    You have inspired me to figure out how I can pre-plan more meals and exercise into my schedule.

    3874 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Yeah, inspired me AGAIN! Thanks for sharing your planning - it helps show someone newer at this what can happen when you have a plan and follow it.
    3874 days ago
    Here's the answer to my earlier question of, recipe for the Pistachio Encrusted Chicken breast....got it and this is what I will try tomorrow evening for me and DH. Woohoo! You and I have similar qualities in that I have always used Fri. as my rest/fun day. I absolutely love the idea of fixing 6-12 chkn brst every week, I also do the boiling of eggs every week. I also love your planning method...it's exactly that a GREAT PLAN!!! I'm stealing some of your ideas as I will need something different and organized like this. I've always been pretty AR and organized with my training and workouts but I need something different this time. You are my guide as always, cause you rock!

    Love ya,

    3875 days ago
    Way to go Carolyn, Im praying for you for the upcoming marathon and doctors appointment. Hope you are taking your fish oil that will help lower cholestrol. My family runs high and I have been able to drop mine well below 200 with fish oil and a healthy diet. Lotsa luck and love, Keep planing and YOU WILL SUCCEED. XOXO shakenbake emoticon
    3875 days ago
    You are amazing, my friend! As much as I dislike planning things out, I just might start having to. Yes, I am home all day long every day. But, I'm going to be so busy outside soon that having chicken pre-cooked might be just the thing I need as well as planning out my workouts!

    I've already decided to do my c25k in the vineyard today on my way to get Dude from the bus. So, that's a start and a comeback after a really crummy last 10 days or so.

    You are such an inspiration! I'm sure you'll be right there, running along with me in my head!
    3875 days ago
  • TABETHA2005
    This is very inspiring and motivates me to plan, schedule and keep track of everything I do even more. Keep inspiring everyone to be successful!
    3875 days ago
    I can't wait to get as organized as you are. Wow!!
    3875 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this, you truly are an inspiration!!!
    3876 days ago
    No wonder you are a sparkling success! With a plan like this how could you NOT be? I just printed out your pistachio chicken recipe..sounds so awesome! I love to make up recipes as I go too. Enjoy your Tuesday dear friend..I'll be thinking about you as I'm puffing along on my treadmill 'Slim'. emoticon
    3876 days ago
  • IXCHEL23
    WOW! You are so organized! That's super, you're the Champion of Planning! That's emoticon and that's why you are so successful! !!

    Thanks for sharing, you will definitely motivate me to organize my meals more better, this is where I lack planning in. That chicken sounds delicious and you must save money doing so. I buy already grilled chicken at the supermarket but it can get expensive.

    I have planned for this week the days I'm jogging since I am serious about training for my first 5K on 5/2.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    3876 days ago
    The only plan I have is my running schedule. I want to get a better plan going, working on it this year.

    Sounds like you and hubby are in it to win it.
    3876 days ago
    I feel inspired! Thank you for sharing how you stay on track. My life is so hectic that what you are doing is the only way that I see how I can keep myself going strong. I can't wait to read more of your blogs!
    3876 days ago
    You WILL succeed and have succeeded. You are AMAZING!!!
    3876 days ago
    I love this statement: "Going to the gym isn't a 'feel like it' kinda thing. It is a get 'er done kinda thing. " I agree with you completely. If I only went to the gym when I felt like it, I'd never get there! But my sister and I get up at least 5 mornings a week at 5:15 and are at the gym by 5:30. Some days we do 60 minutes on the treadmill, 2 days a week we do the 30 minute circuit training and 30 minutes on the treadmill. We both grumble as we're heading out the door in the cold and dark, and we grumble a bit as we're leaving the gym. But we do it. And we're both feeling so much better.

    Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon
    3876 days ago
    I loved your blog! Reading it makes me ready to get dressed and start my Successful Day!!

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    3876 days ago
  • CRIS76
    I am impressed at your planning!!!!!!
    3877 days ago
    Wow, you really do have a plan! I aspire to be so organized and planned. I'm not there yet but I will be. That's for showing me the way!
    3877 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    3877 days ago
  • ~MISS_TEA~
    Great plan!! No wonder you are such a glowing success! You make it seem so easy~ one day I may get there, after kids have grown up and left the house *sniff sniff* Until then I am going to incorporate some of your exercise planning! Love it!
    3877 days ago
    Oh sweet, post this every friday, now I don't have to do my own list anymore. :P
    3877 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    Stephanie - I love those days of having teenagers in the house. You are right, you don't want to rush them off. So much energy. So much fun. Even when it is chaotic, it is good. My boys are young men now and I still loving having them around. Good times. Worth working around.
    3877 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4927412
    Well, I don't have things planned out quite as well as you do but I do have some things planned out.

    I have my breakfasts and lunches ready for the week. I have fruits and veggies here ready to be used. As for dinner, I have numerous options depending on how many will be here on any given evening. I normally know this a couple nights ahead of time.

    Workouts are another story. With two teenagers, it's much harder to plan ahead. I exercise at home and our house is rather small so when they have friends over it sometimes limits what I can do. I also need to run them here and there. I'm not complaining - I would not trade it for anything. Basketball is actually over so we don't have any sports for maybe three weeks when track starts so I should have a little more time. I get it in when I can and for now - that's the best I can do. Truthfully, I'm not looking forward to when they are not here so I'd rather have the chaos - lol.
    3877 days ago
    Like you, I have to plan ahead every week and every day. I do my workout at the gym before work which took a lot of adjustment for someone who doesn't like to get up in the mornings. Since I am barely functional when I first wake up, I have to have my gym clothes, my breakfast, and my lunch ready before I go to bed at night.

    You have given me some more pre-planning ideas. Thanks for helping me plan to succeed.
    3877 days ago
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