Monday, March 3, 2008

Don't Leave Home Without It!!!

Your food, that is... :) American Express' old advertising campaign was "Don't leave home without it" and it also happens to be my own personal slogan. Every day, even on the weekends, I don't leave home without my food for the day. This is THE most critical factor in your success with maintaining your fitness goals!!

Leaving the house without your food for the day is like...
....going to the gym without your gym clothes.
....going on a trip without a map or an address.
....taking a test without knowing the subject.
....going to work without knowing your position.

Ok, you get the idea. DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR FOOD! When you are trying to achieve your fitness and nutritional goals you MUST have a plan. First of all, you should be eating between 5 and 6 meals a day - about 3 hours apart. So, if you work a full time job, you should eat at least three of your meals away from home. If this is the case, leave with at least four meals. And if you are leaving your house for more than two hours - take a small snack. If you don't, you will make BAD choices and therefore compromise your goals.

I take two bags with me to the office - my lunch bad and my briefcase. My lunch bag acts as my purse. I shove my wallet in the side pocked of my insulated lunch bag and keep all my food and necessities in that one bag. Here are two super cute lunch bags from Target:

How cute are those lunch bags????? CUTE! And less than $15! You can find them in the sporting goods section. Pack your bag with a powdered baby formula holder full of your favorite protein powder and a formula mixer ($3.00) for mixing protein on the run. These baby formula containers are awesome - they have dividers and carry three scoops of protein! Awesome!! The battery operated formula mixer makes nasty clumpy protein powders taste awesome.

That way, NO MATTER WHAT, you have a meal on the road. :)

I usually spend a half hour at night or in the morning preparing mine and my hubby's food for the day. We walk out of the house with all our healthy meals on us. :)

Have a great day everyone!

P.S. Bulking plan tomorrow - I PROMISE!

P.P.S. I am back on the workout track - just like I knew I would be after four days of skiing! :) WOO HOO!

Friday night I did a super heavy upper body circuit and abs. Saturday I ran the lake - 5.5 mile trail run and did the same run on Sunday. Was still sore from the Friday workout so just ran both days. Tonight I did chest and some pull ups then was planning on doing cardio but bike wasn't cooperating so I did 10 sets of 10 of the following: push ups, split squats (10 each leg), body weight squats and sit ups. Felt great! I am back! :) And I mean it this time!


Anonymous said...

Those bags are cute! What is it exactly that you do for a living. I always wanted to "grow up" and carry a briefcase. :) But instead I carry a stethescope.

I am off to pack my meals for tomorrows 12 hour shift.

Thanks for the tips! The baby formula carrier is a great idea.


Anonymous said...

Hey I have one of those Target bags! It even holds my gallon jug of water.

I love Target.


Jessica said...

C - I figured you had one of those!
And to both of you, I know most of this post is old news to both of you but for those newbies out there I like to post things that work when you are just starting out. The baby formula container was one of my favorite discoveries. :)
Target rocks. Imagine living in the land of Wal-Mart...we don't even have a Super Target - just a regular one. I still go there all the time.
Krissa - I work for Saatchi & Saatchi - they are an ad agency and I am an Account Supervisor for Proctor & Gamble. I have always wanted to carry a stethoscope! :)

Anonymous said...

I carry my gym bag and hope to one day carry a mobile file filled with my satisfied client's information.

Glad you are still speaking to me after the Jenny Lynn jab.


Jessica said...

Dude, I could honestly never stop talking to you! The only relationships I am interested in having in my life are with people who shoot it to me straight. And that is why you fit in. No sugar coating.
You will one day carry a suitcase of satisfied customers. I know it!

April said...

I have the lunch bag in the blue color I absolutely love it!