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.
Morning Star Garden Burgers
Slimwich Sandwich Buns
Low Sodium Chicken Breast Sandwich Meat
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?