Making things easy is VITAL for me, because I am at heart lazy, so I need to make things in my life set up so that it is easier to get my desired results than it is to sabotage them. There are a number of ways in which I do this already. One thing I’ve been doing for years is I have not bought junk food at the supermarket. It would not, at this point, occur to my husband or myself to buy chips or soda or such at the supermarket because, well, it’s just not on our radar there. At worst, we might buy an item from the bakery, but that is quite rare. Now, this doesn’t mean that in the past 5 years or so we never eat junk food, but I guarantee we eat MUCH less of it than if it were in the house all the time. This way, we only have to fight what’s right in front of us ONCE (at the supermarket) versus EVERY MINUTE (like when you walk past that bag of chips every time you go to the bathroom). It becomes, in effect, *easier* to NOT eat junk than it is to have it (which requires deciding you want it, locating cash, getting dressed, and walking to the store – possibly with kids in tow which means twice as much getting-ready time). Since we are both quite content to just stay put most of the time, we either skip having a “treat”, find something better to snack on (like pineapple!), or go all out and make something from scratch – which at least I can pronounce all the ingredients in! It’s a win on all fronts, and all because it takes advantage of my being lazy LOL. There was an excellent study done that relates somewhat to this where they studied how many candies a secretary would eat if the candy dish was a) on the desk and in a clear jar, b) on the desk in an opaque jar, c) on a counter a several steps away from the desk in a clear jar and d) several steps away from the desk in an opaque jar. Can you guess which one was the “best” for your diet? 🙂 Mindless Eating, which covers all this research, is a book I plan to get very, very soon.
So, with all that in mind, some of the ways I plan to make thing easy for myself are:
Food: Make sure my breakfast & lunch containers are the right sizes I need, fit in my bag and hold enough food, and get in the habit of not putting them “away” – instead I want to wash them when I get home and then pack them right away for the next day – the exception for this is my smoothie as it literally takes 2 minutes to make, though I may do it the night before for the first few days anyway as I’ve had a hard time getting up in the morning lately.
Gym clothes: I currently wear my sneakers to work every day, so that is easy. I’m having to borrow track pants from Deme though as I don’t have any myself, and none of the stuff I dance in is stuff I want to be at the gym in (think “Hello!” on my ass…I just don’t want quite that much attention in the gym!). I do however have plenty of T-shirts. One of the things that I think would be a good idea is to bring in a bag to keep at work just for going to/from the gym with. This will make life easier for me because my day-to-day bag is often filled with dance clothes, shoes, food, and other sundries and so is much bulkier than I need just to go workout. It’s a little thing, but I think it will help.
Tracking: Bring the scale upstairs and set everything up for it to be very easy for me to note everything down in the morning. Extra steps = I won’t do it, so I’m looking to eliminate any.
I am a big believer in tracking things. Which is not to say I always have – I am unerringly lazy, recall! – but I do love seeing statistics. So, for the course of the next month or so, I will be my own personal science experiment. Some things will not be as precise as I would like (for instance, I would love to get baseline readings for things like the iron levels in my blood, but I am not waiting until I get to the doctor to start!) but still will be good to know. I will be tracking my weight, measurements (weekly most likely), amount of sleep I get, heart rate in the morning, food intake, workouts, body temperature in the morning, whether I am sore, and my moods and energy levels. I will also be tracking whether I did my morning routine and bedtime routine as I am sure this will correlate with both my energy and mood levels and my eating success – being prepared is paramount to making things easy!
I am sure there are quite a few other ways I can (and possibly already do) set up the “easy button” – as I think of them I will share! If you have any good ideas, please let me know in the comments. What do you do that makes staying healthy easy?