In the Struggle: Planning Ahead
This past week I took a trip several hours away. I realized during the trip that I should have planned ahead when it came to my meals. Two of my meals were fast food. I was surprised when I entered the calories into MyFitnessPal just how many were involved in the choices I’d made, even when I thought they were semi-healthy.
Last week I shared about the calories when eating out, but I realized this week that planning ahead is important when I know I’m going to be
out for a day or taking a trip. I’ll admit that this is not my strong suit and sometimes events come up that cannot be planned for. However, there are some things I can do to make my choices healthier.
- Keep water with me at all times
- Keep a bag of nuts, veggies or other healthy snacks packed to take on the road with me
- Plan ahead where I’m going to eat and allow the time to eat
- Make a list of healthy options to eat at various restaurants
- Avoid fast food outlets
- Research restaurants and options in the area where traveling
- If fast food is a must, make a list of foods I can eat at these places [for instance Wendy’s small chili and sour cream & chives baked potato are 536 calories for both]
- Don’t beat myself up for making a mistake. Sometimes life happens and I just have to move forward and make better choices for the next meal.
- Make the time to exercise—this is important anyways, but even more so when we make bad choices or have a heavy calorie meal. A pair of walking shoes and you can find a place to walk almost anywhere.
Knowing what to do helps, now it comes to implementing these steps into my routine.
In what ways do you struggle with planning ahead?