Are you ever frustrated with how complicated it can seem to get everything done in your life? I know I sometimes do.
I felt like I was like a chicken running around with no plan most days. And I seemed to get so tired after watching the kids, working on my little part-time business, cooking, cleaning, catching up with friends and trying to be a good wife. Although I tried to lose weight again and again, one of my many excuses was that I just didn’t have time to organize, plan and shop for healthy foods.
I wasn’t being exactly honest with myself.
I had plenty of time to make cookies, sit on the couch, and gripe to whoever would listen about how hard it was to get everything accomplished. I didn’t really want to eat healthy most of the time, and I used the “I don’t have enough time to get it done properly” excuse.
We are all busy, but I’d like to encourage you to make a plan to continually get everything done so that you are prepared for unexpected events, company, life stresses, missed grocery store outings, kid’s schedule changes, etc.
Here are some techniques I used (and still use) to make sure that my healthy food and healthy lifestyle remained on the list of “must get done.”
•I make lists – lots of them. Grocery lists, exercise lists, household tasks, blogging lists, writing lists, kids schedule lists, etc.
•I set very specific goals for myself – some of these include trying new foods, making new recipes, etc.
•I plan for unexpected curveballs by always having ingredients on hand for three or four “family favorite, super-easy, healthy meals.”
•I schedule time for me. With seven kids – this time is usually before everyone gets up.
•I go over the daily “to-do” list with all the kids who are old enough to understand, and make sure we are all on the same page.
What do you do to make certain you have time to cook, do your job, exercise, take care of your family and get everything done? Diane
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