If you find yourself starting a new eating plan or diet on Monday morning, sometimes it helps if you pre-plan a few days in advance to help your first week run as smoothly as possible. I personally find that if my meals are planned ahead of time, I’m more likely to stick to my first week of dieting without any problems. Here are a few tips to help you get started for Monday morning:
1. Pre-plan lunch and dinner menus for the entire week.
Diet or not, I find if I have at least my family dinners planned out for the entire week, we’re almost 99% going to eat at home rather than the last minute going out for a burger night. Pre-planning your week’s menus will also help you more efficiently create a grocery list, keep you spending less time at the store and will make you feel less stressed during the work week knowing every meal is planned ahead of time.
2. Pre-cook protein such as chicken.
What has helped me in the past is roasting my chicken ahead of time for the entire week. I usually purchase a big bag of frozen chicken tenders, season with herbs such as thyme and rosemary and salt and pepper. Roasting a big batch of chicken and placing them directly in a air tight container inside the refrigerator ensures I always have protein for my lunches whether it’s a chicken salad or chicken and roasted veggies. If you prefer, you may also pre-cook your proteins for dinner time, but I usually like to have freshly cooked chicken for dinner.
3. Make your salads ahead of time.
Have you seen those pretty pictures on Pinterest of yummy salads layered in mason jars? What a great way to make your favorite salads ahead of time for quick and easy go-to lunches for the week. Just make sure you layer your salad ingredients correctly with your dressing on the bottom and greens on top– you surely don’t want wilted lettuce by the end of the week.
4. Place inspirational messages in your bathroom and kitchen.
Now that we have our menus pre-planned and some of our lunches made ahead of time, it’s time to make sure you keep yourself in a positive mental attitude all week long. The first week of a new diet or eating plan can either make you or break you. Keeping positive messages around the house as reminders while getting ready or grabbing your pre-made salad from the refrigerator will ensure you are constantly reminded that you must stay in the optimistic state of mind to ensure your success.
5. Happy thoughts at bedtime.
To help you keep yourself in a positive state of mind each day, try having happy and motivational thoughts as you drift to sleep each night. What has helped me in the past while losing weight is often having mental images of the end result as I fall asleep each night. You’d be surprised at how well this technique works. Also, when you wake in the morning, spend a few minutes in bed thinking of these same positive thoughts and images. Remember, like attracts like. If you think or say out loud positive affirmations each day, you’ll have better success at weight loss.
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
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