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Evening Activities to Keep Weight Loss on Track

What will you prepare for lunch?
What will you prepare for lunch?

When the alarm goes off in the morning, you're faced with a series of tasks and decisions. What are you going to wear, what are you going to eat and how will you deal with the rest of the day? You might feel like you've got an endless well of enthusiasm to draw from, so making healthier choices will come easy.

There's just one little problem. Every day we wake up, we start with a limited amount of willpower. Every time we have to make a decision, our ability to choose what's better for us (versus what's easier) diminishes. To set your day up for success, you should make some of the tougher decisions the night before. That way you aren't wasting willpower on routine things. Here are six things I do the night before, to make tomorrow better.

Decide what you're going to have for breakfast. Then prep what you can in advance. If you're going to have oatmeal, pour it out in a bowl and set it in the refrigerator so it's waiting for you. Maybe try making an overnight oatmeal recipe so it's done in the morning. Mix together pancake batter or chop up vegetables you want to use in an omelet. You can even make a protein shake and store it in the refrigerator if you know you'll be really pressed for time. Just make sure to decide what you're going to have the night before, then make it easy to eat that meal in the morning.

Prepare your lunch. Make a sandwich that you'll take with you or decide on a frozen meal you can bring and reheat. Soups or stews can be saved in a thermos. Grab some vegetables and fruit that you can snack on. I like making healthy meals in bulk and freezing individual servings for later. You can get recipes for hundreds of options on WeCookFit.com. Whatever you decide, put it all together the night before so you can just grab a lunch box or bag and take it with you. Eliminate temptations by packing what's appropriate when you've not hungry.

Fill up a reusable water bottle and store it in the fridge. Many times when people think they're hungry, they're actually thirsty. By keeping a chilled bottle to drink nearby, you're more likely to stay hydrated and less likely to be tempted by calorie-dense snacks.

Layout your clothes for the morning, then you know that everything's ready. You can iron out wrinkles, make sure everything you wanted is laundered, mended and that it all looks appropriate together. It can be very frustrating to grab things in the morning only to discover something wasn't cleaned, something's got a hole in it or you just can't find what you wanted.

Pack a gym bag for your workout. Maybe you need running shoes for a jog, a matt to bring to your exercise class or workout clothes for the gym. Whatever it is, put it together the night before. Then when it's time, you'll have everything you need except an excuse.

Make a list of the things you expect to accomplish the next day. Get the thoughts out of your head and into your phone or onto a piece of paper. That way you don't have to keep trying to remember everything you need to do. It also allows you to prioritize what needs to get done, so you tackle the most important things first.

By doing all these things in advance, you take away the need to make those decisions. The fewer decisions you have to make, the more willpower you store up. Then when something new arises, you'll be more likely to have the strength to make the healthier choice. You'll also be less stressed, because many of the things you need to do, have already been laid out.

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