With the arrival of a new year, also brings the infamous cornucopia of New Year’s Resolutions along with it. Did you know that the number one resolution for 2014 was to lose weight? Sadly enough only about 8% of those people were successful in achieving that goal. Did you also know that the second most well-intended resolution was to get organized? So it would only makes sense that your success in losing weight may be a direct correlation of how organized you may be!
Are you one of those who want to lose weight and get healthier in 2015? Are you also one of those people who need help with some organizational skills, too? Let’s take a look at how you can get organized to help you achieve your weight loss resolution!
- Write it down. People who journal tend to have a 50% greater success rate in achieving their goals. Write down your goals, as well as an actual action plan of how you are going to achieve them.
- Clean out your kitchen. Rid your pantry of anything out of date or anything you deem ‘unhealthy’ and fill it with healthier options instead. Keeping your cabinets and fridge organized and pretty makes it easier for you to grab something that’s good for you instead of reaching for something possibly unhealthy instead.
- Plan your menus for the week and create your shopping list accordingly. Go grocery shopping with a plan in mind. Going shopping week after week is already a mundane chore, so going in with a list in hand makes it more purposeful and hopefully, a quicker visit.
- Meal Prep. Coming home from a long day of work, not knowing what you’re going to cook, much less not having the actual time to cook, makes it much easier for us to go through a drive thru for take out. Spend a couple of hours on your day off to cook once, preparing several meals to eat for the upcoming week. This also includes precutting and individually bagging your veggies or boiling eggs for mid day snacks and using a crock pot for one pot dinners.
- Schedule it. If it’s not scheduled on your calendar, then there’s no commitment. If there’s no commitment, then most likely it won’t get done. Schedule the time to make a grocery list, schedule time to exercise, schedule the time to meal plan or to journal, etc. You see where I’m going with this? It has to be important enough for you to make the time. And no it doesn’t all have to be done at once. You may can give only 15 minutes at at time for certain tasks and that’s okay, but most importantly just get in the habit of writing it down and adding those tasks to your daily routine.
Just remember to live by the saying, Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail and you’ll soon be successful in reaching your weight loss resolution, all while becoming a little more organized during the process.
Here is a great example of a quick meal prep. These breakfast egg and veggie muffins take about 20-30 minutes from start to finish and offer a wonderfully quick and healthy breakfast option for your busy morning!
- 6 whole eggs-whisked in a separate bowl with one tablespoon of water or milk to make for lighter, fluffier eggs.
- sautéed veggies of your choice
- s/p to taste
- cooking spray
- Sauté your favorite veggies of your choosing. For this recipe, I had leftover new potatoes, green onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. Hint, hint, save any leftovers from the night before, because you never know how you'll use them! 🙂
- You can also had bacon or browned sausage, too. Your pick.
- Coat the cups of a muffin tin with the cooking spray and add a spoonful of your veggie mixture to the bottom of each cup.
- Fill each muffin cup about ¾ of the way full.
- Bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until each muffin is firm and 'bouncy' to the touch. Let stand for 5 minutes and completely cool before storing.
- Eat right away or reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds when you need a quick and healthy breakfast or snack!
Hope you enjoy! What’s your favorite tip in getting organized and losing weight?