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We know that following a routine is often the key to a successful weight loss plan. But if your schedule becomes chaotic while you’re trying to get healthy, that doesn’t mean you must give up on all of your goals. These tips can help you to adjust your routine when life throws you curveballs.
Make exercise a priority. Sometimes we skip exercise because everything else on our agendas seems more important. But is it? If you reshuffled your priorities and move exercise closer to the top, you might find that you can plan more of your schedule around workouts (rather than vice versa).
Fit in workouts when you can. Of course, some scheduling limitations do apply. In the case that you’re overbooked for reasons outside of your control, look for ways to multi task so that you can fit exercise into other necessary activities. Walk around the soccer field while the kids practice, purchase a stationary bike and ride while overseeing homework, or schedule “walking meetings” with your boss. Get creative to find ways that you can fit more movement into your days.
Set aside a few hours to plan meals. If life has become extra chaotic, it’s okay to give up on the complicated recipes. But do set aside a few hours to plan your meals for the rest of the week. Go shopping, and then come home to prep for easy weeknight meals.
Allow yourself some shortcuts. Yes, doing more of the work yourself can save a bit of money. But when you’re pressed for time, it’s okay to purchase pre-cut veggies or frozen meal options.
Identify your takeout options. Following a weight loss plan doesn’t have to mean giving up restaurant food entirely. Investigate healthy takeout options near you, so that you’re prepared for those busy evenings.
Double up. It doesn’t take much more time, if any, to double the portions of food that you cook. Then portion the leftovers into individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches, or stash an entire meal in the freezer for use on a hectic night.
If you’re struggling with a busy schedule while trying to get healthy, make an appointment with us. We can help you learn the fundamentals of a weight loss plan that really works in the long term, and offer tips on how to accomplish your goals when you’re extra busy.