30 Day Nutrition Challenge 4: Prep To Win
Since day one GymCube has been really keen on encouraging batch cooking. Why? Because planning ahead and being organised is usually the difference between succeeding in your goals and not.
You can approach this in a few ways. You can spend an entire afternoon, Sundays are usually good. Prepping an entire week’s worth of meals, separating them all into neatly weighed out portions in tupperware. This is usually how athletes plan their macros. It takes a while to get right but it saves a LOT of time during the week and frees them up to focus on training, recovery and work.
You’re not elite athlete, are you?
I didn’t think so, you’re also likely cooking for more than one person. So, what do you do?
You plan, that’s what. Yep, there’s no getting away from it you HAVE to get your arse in gear and give it some thought. This means you have to give a hoot in the first place. If you’re struggling with your hoots account, then go back to week one and reassess your goals because you’ll definitely find a few more hoots in there if you try.
The busier you are, the more important planning is. I’ll give you an example. I’m a busy man, I have my fingers in several pies, I run my own personal training, bike fit and online coaching business (TM Fitness). I work with Ben Coomber at Body Type Nutrition and Awesome Supplements and I, obviously, work with Kev and Katie here at GymCube. If I wasn’t organised I would never get anything done.
This means I plan my days. I use Google calendar and sync it up with my mobile devices. I put all my work appointments (like writing this email) in there. Then I put in my meditation times, my workouts and my meal times. I include set times for self-development and learning because life is a journey and if you aren’t learning new things you aren’t growing as a person and life loses its meaning. Once all that is scheduled in I see what time I have left for myself and make sure I have me time which might be a trip to the pub with a mate or a Friday night in with Netflix.
This way all my plans are written down and it frees up my mind for important stuff like Star Wars quotes and Bob Marley lyrics. But, it also cuts down on procrastination, less time wasted watching bollocks on TV or looking for cat pictures on social media, more time being productive.
As for meal planning I do one of two things. I either cook up about three days-worth of lunches at a time. I do this usually while doing some learning or some admin at home, so I can kill two birds with one stone, it’s amazing what you can get done while the oven is on (just make sure you set the timer). Or, I make extra for dinner in the evening and put the leftovers into a tub to take to work the next day.
The way you choose to get ahead of the game is up to you, but you won’t be getting ahead of anything if you don’t spend a few minutes planning your week to begin with. Trust me, I’m not a highly conscientious person, I never write shopping lists and I hate spreadsheets, so if I can get my arse in gear and plan what is important to me so can you.