For the most part, I have the same routine every week and do not usually find myself with more or less work. However, there are definitely some periods where I know I will be super busy–think holidays, work events and the like. The summer season always starts to get busier for me and I have to plan twice as hard; because if I don’t then unfortunately I will eat whatever is easiest to make. Which does not always necessarily work best for my macros! I know this is an issue for everyone, and so I wanted to share my tips and tricks on how to best prepare for a busy week!
I know this sounds obvious, but if you 100% know that you are going to be busy, you need to plan and prepare for it accordingly. And especially if you want to stick to your healthy ling goals. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- how many days will I be busy for?
- how many meals do I need to prepare for?
- how many workouts can I realistically fit in during my busy period?
I think that gives you a good basis of what you need to do to be prepared. I’m now going to dive into both how to prepare your meals for busy periods, as well as how to make life for yourself a bit easier, exercise wise.
Lately, I’ve been pinning meal-prep ideas to a Pinterest board which helps so much, not just for busy periods, but for everyday life as well! My husband and I are a pretty good team when it comes to making food. He will prep our lunches for the week and I will usually make us dinner on the weekdays. We tend to not plan anything over the weekends and just play it by ear.
I’ve also recently started taking the Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin from New Chapter Vitamins, which you can get online. I have Amazon Prime so that’s definitely the easiest place for me to get them from. I’ve always been a fan of New Chapter Vitamins ever since I heard Jillian Michaels talk about them on her podcast. New Chapter Vitamins take a sustainable, whole-food approach to vitamins and supplements.
The Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin that I am taking has whole food fermented vitamin D3 which supports bone health, while fermented zinc, vitamin C and A support immune function–this is of particular importance to me when I am busy and feeling stressed. The Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin that I am taking has whole food fermented vitamin D3 which supports bone health, while fermented zinc, vitamin C and A support immune function–this is of particular importance to me when I am busy and feeling stressed. I can take all the help I can get to keep my stress levels down! I keep it in my gym bag with all my other essentials so that I never forget to take them and don’t have to worry that I am not nourishing my body properly.
Last year, I committed to waking up early to get my workout in before work–and let me tell you, it was hard! I’m glad I have disciplined myself into waking up early to workout because I am honestly so tired by the end of the day that the last thing I want to do is workout. And especially if I have a busy week. I have found that the following helps me wake up early to workout:
- to lay my workout clothes beside the bed so I can get up and go
- to make a protein shake before going to the gym
- making sure my gym bag is all packed the night before
And that’s it, honestly! It’s truly a matter of willpower and for the first 3 weeks, you will essentially just have to force yourself to wake up early. But it is so worth it. If you really cannot stomach the idea of getting up early, then I would recommend that you invest in a workout you do at home, such as yoga or an easy circuit-based style workout.
Hopefully these tips will help make having a healthy lifestyle, even when you’re super busy, easier. Is there anything you do that I missed out? If so, let me know in the comments below!
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