Thursday, November 14, 2013

Prep

You know the saying... 




Well that's pretty much the story of my life. I live & die by it, not necessarily on purpose, just because it's proven to be pretty accurate. I've had the past 3 weeks off from cheerleading and a coworker commented to me yesterday saying that I seemed so much happier. She's right - I kind of am. I'm sure that she's assuming that it's because I don't have to deal with 25 middle school girls every afternoon, but truly that doesn't bother me. The reason I'm happier is because I'm taking the time I need to plan ahead of time. 

For instance, this morning I left my house with 4 bags... 


  • Bag #1: Breakfast & Lunch - I rarely take the time to pack my lunch during season, let alone pack my breakfast. Thus, I end up driving through & eating crap - bagels, pizza, chicken sandwiches... you get the picture. I don't eat a ton of it at once, so I maintain my calories, but it definitely isn't fueling my body the way real food does. 
  • Bag #2: Gym Clothes - I don't have as much time to work out during season. I get my runs in on the weekends & then use my Blogilates app to keep up with things at home during the week. I would much rather be at the gym 3 to 4 nights a week, which is what I'm doing right now. It gives me so much energy & I've actually been making it to 10 pm. 
  • Bag #3: School Work - I'm not in a rush every morning to get to school because I'm prepped ahead of time. During season I have to leave school at 3 to pick up Ella & get to practice. Now, I leave between 3:30 & 3:45 and it makes all the difference. My papers have been graded & I'm actually planned up until Christmas for my classes. They'll obviously have to be tweaked, but I like to think I'm laying the ground work for an easier holiday season. 
  • Bag #4: My Purse - Full of all of it's normal ridiculousness.
I've been planning my outfits out the night before too, which really has been speeding up our mornings. I can throw Ella's clothes on in no time, but I've been known to change mine 3 to 4 times before I'm satisfied, which puts us way behind schedule! So my new routine is to check the weather, envision an outfit, try said outfit on, and then lay it out to grab the next morning. I swear it's shaving 10 minutes off of my morning! 



I'm planning to carry these changes over into the season. (I can't believe it already starts up again on Monday!) I know that if I keep up outfit planning, I'll still have time to pack all of my meals for the day - which has lost me 5 significant pounds at this point! I also know that I'll be able to work out more often during the winter season because many of my games don't start until 5:15. I'm confident that I can set myself up for success & keep the less frazzled version of myself at bay. 

What do you do to plan ahead? Any tricks of the trade? 

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