When I was growing up, my dad had a framed famous quote hanging in his office. Maybe you’re familiar with it? It said:
Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
For whatever reason, that quote has stuck with me throughout my life and it always seems to pop into my head during times when I most need the reminder. (I’m sure my dad is proud to hear that!) Not surprisingly, those five words have been on my mind a lot throughout my weight loss journey.
There are so many little things I can do to properly prepare myself for success – from the immediate proper preparation for a holiday dinner to the preparation leading up to sustained success once I reach my goals. Opportunities to put that quote into action are a daily occurrence it seems.
I thought that maybe we could encourage each other with some of our tips for proper preparation. I’ll share a few of mine, and I’d love for you to chime in with your own either in the comments section or on the HealthyWage Facebook page.
Immediate Preparation Tips:
- Each night or early morning, I prepare for the day ahead by mapping out what I will eat that day.
- I start each day with a big glass of water and then have a full glass on my desk at all times. This helps me stay prepared to easily get in my 8 glasses a day.
- I workout three mornings a week. I have that time marked off in my calendar so that nothing gets scheduled then and interferrences are less likely to occur. I also set out my exercise clothes the night before each workout day.
- My husband and I have a date night at home every Friday night. This involves him picking up carry-out food for us from a favorite restaurant, which we enjoy while watching our favorite TV show. So I prepare for my Friday indulgences a little each day. Sometimes that means I skip a snack or eat a smaller portion of dinner. Other times, I’ll work out an exta hour during the week.
Long Term Preparation Tips:
- Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about how I can’t wait to reach my goal weight so that I can enjoy a few handfuls of potato chips without guilt. I’ve quickly realized that this type of thinking is just setting myself up for failure. If I revert back to my old ways, all of this hard work will have been in vain and I’m just not willing to except that. So now, I am focused on preparing myself for a lifestyle change that will keep me healthy and in my target weight range for years to come.
Now, how do you properly prepare to prevent poor weight loss performance?