Planning Ahead

A lot of people always talk about how its too hard to fit eating healthy into their busy lifestyles. I don’t claim to be the busiest of my friends. But I do keep pretty busy. Two assistantships, volunteering as a advisor in my fraternity, and being a part of my professional associations are only the “job” parts of my life. I have to find time to do homework, apply for internship, attend my graduate school full time, and somehow live my life. Ok so maybe I’m a little busy. But I’m not here to brag about schedules and trust me when I say no matter how busy you are, you can fit fitness into your life. You just need two simple words in your life:

Plan ahead.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely understand that if you’re stranded at the airport and you got snowed in for 3 days and you’re all out of packed snacks and foods, it’s ok to visit the different stores and restaurants and test out your options. But for the most part, you can plan your meals and snacks ahead of time.

I’m currently in the middle of Palomar Mountains at the Palomar Christian Conference Center for a weekend retreat I planned with my Greek Life team. The retreat will last until Sunday around noon and all our meals are being prepared. I’ll be far up a mountain without my own form of transportation and eating at the cafeteria. I’m pretty much stuck right? Wrong.

I’ve packed all my supplements in a pill container so I don’t miss a single supp. I have ziplock bags of pre-measured protein powders so I can still hit my macros. I brought beef jerky and my favorite protein bars from MusclePharm that I ordered from bodybuilding.com ($29.88 for 12 at the time of this post), dried seaweed, and dates to cover all my bases between flavors and textures. I also plan on eating primarily proteins and focusing less on the carb-heavy foods, limiting myself to 1 full plate at the buffet. I planned ahead.

My workout routine was shifted so I have two rest days between today and tomorrow, and when I return tomorrow I can finish up with Back, Biceps, and Abs on day 42 of Kris Gethin’s 12 week daily video trainer. While I’m up here, I plan on taking power walks during my break time when I’m exploring the scenery of the conference center to make sure I hit my 10,000 step goal.

In fact, I even made an effort to make sure this blogpost was planned out. Wednesday night, a friend, whom I had not talked to in a few years, sent me some words of encouragement, reminding me that there would always be obstacles in this process. It made me think about how I could do my best to… you guessed it… plan ahead. I sat down and proceeded to write out my blog post, setting the publish date to “Friday, January 9 at 6:00 PM”.

So yes, this post was written 3 days ago. Writing as if I were 3 days ahead was (is?) weird, and took (is taking….?) way too much proofreading (I guess thats why we don’t do it).

My bad symbolic gestures aside, my point is that my friend was correct in saying that obstacles would come up and it would be hard to overcome them each time… Instead of being afraid of challenges and failure, you have to embrace the ambiguity and do your best and plan for the best. I treat my workouts and meal prep like every other meeting and engagement — it’s an event in my calendar. I make sure to plan ahead.

If you think of being fit as an added “something else” to your life, it will be hard. But plan ahead and making it part of your life will make it seem effortless that much easier to incorporate into your everyday living.

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