Grab your plan and take a good look at it. Are you ready to jump in and get started? Do you have the exercise equipment you need, clothes, shoes? What about food? Is your kitchen ready to be your super start partner in health and fitness?
Let's prep for this awesome plan!
First, getting ready for the exercise component of your plan. You need shoes and clothes. Most of us have what we need. But I want to make sure you have the necessary pieces! When did you last get new athletic shoes? If you can't remember or they look like white nursing shoes, it might be time to visit the athletic shoe store. I'm a big fan of places like Luke's Locker that will not only fit you into shoes but watch how you walk and run to make sure you have shoes that are appropriate for your gait. Also, think about trying minimalist shoes. You need to work into these but if you can do it, they are great for your feet!
Now, clothes. Be comfortable in what you're working out in. You need to be able to move freely and be appropriately warm or cool.
Running where I am can be either HOT or 10 degrees. My workout clothes drawer has overflowed into four drawers and a basket and has everything from mesh shorts and tank tops to soft shell fleece lined pants. TIP - reward yourself with cute new workout clothes when you hit your goals!
Equipment. The workouts I've given you rely on body weight, dumbbells and resistance bands. Be sure you have these items in weights that will challenge you. 5 pounds probably isn't enough! You're stronger than you realize. Seriously....go weigh your purse. See what I mean? A goody yoga mat is your friend too. I found one Walmart once that folds up into a square. WAY easier to store.
On to food. This is the big prep area! First, throw out all the junk food. If you just can't stand to throw out food, see if anyone you know wants it. Or have a Junk Food party and make stuff with it and pawn it off on your friends (diabolical laugh...). Either way, get it out of your house. Second, take a good look at your food plan. What do you already have in your kitchen, pantry, fridge and freezer? Can you make some changes to your food plan to use more of what you have on hand? Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive.
Meal planning can actually save you a ton of money! TIP - make sure your meal plan is laid out in such a way so that breakfast choices can be snacks, lunches or even dinners with a salad added and that dinners are planned to use similar ingredients and will have leftovers. With a little pre-planning, this is easy, time and money saving!
Let's hit the store. Take your list, stick to the outside of the store (produce, meat, dairy, etc. Stay away from the inner aisles as much as possible!). Remember, shop smart - read labels, look for alternatives to unhealthy options or out of season, expensive produce. THIS is a list of what's in season when. Plan your produce around this list and you'll have money!
REMEMBER - NO JUNK!!! Even if the kids beg. This is for their health too! Here's a healthy granola bar treat that the whole family will enjoy! Add chocolate chips for a treat!
Once home, it's time to put the plan in motion. I usually do my meal prep on Sunday. Hubs is home and can keep an eye on my monkeys and I can spend the day cooking, prepping food, etc. And no it doesn't take all day. Unless you're just looking for a little break, like me!!! Wink, wink.....
First, wash all the fruits and veggies necessary. Second, what can you cook ahead? Pre-cook eggs for breakfast tortillas, cook the beans, grill or broil chicken or ground turkey. By prepping most of your food ahead of time and packaging it so it's ready to go, you save yourself SO much time. Tupperware is your friend. Make sure you have the sizes you need!
Go start your prep! In no time, you'll have a fridge and freezer full of healthy foods!