5 Time Saving Tips for Quick and Easy Healthy Eating

I’ll be honest…

Healthy eating is a pain in the butt. It requires way more conscious effort than rolling up to a drive through or grabbing several handfuls of Cheez-Its.

Finding ways to save time on meal prep and cooking has been invaluable so far on my weight loss journey. I make sure I always have enough things on hand so I can throw together breakfast, lunch and dinner within minutes. At first I struggled with “cutting corners” since I typically like to make everything from scratch. Now that I’m eating healthy, I’m eating out much less often, which means more meals prepared at home, which means I had to be realistic about how much time I want to spend cooking. This definitely requires some planning, but fortunately there are ways to make this easier.

Here are a few ways I save time and my sanity…

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Week 8: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m down an incredible 0.2 lbs! I’ll take it…

After a week of drinking and eating, I’m just happy (and a little surprised) that I didn’t gain any weight. Not bad for a holiday weekend. I even hosted a wine and cheese party (my two biggest weaknesses!) and managed to keep myself in check.

My idea of indulgence looks a lot different now. These days, this means one or two indulgent meals throughout the week and a little too much wine. Before? Indulgence was total excess all weekend with a promise to get back on track on Monday.

I also appreciate my “cheats” a lot more now, although they’re not really cheats since I allow myself to enjoy them without any guilt. This is what a sustainable way of eating looks like.

I could have done better at tracking my food last week. There were a few days I wasn’t very diligent about it, so that’s something I’m trying to do better this week.

And I thought I hadn’t exercised much last week, but I got in 3 good work outs which — seriously, I can’t beat myself up too much for exercising only 3 times in a week. :)

I feel a big loss coming this week, stay tuned!

Week 7: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m down 1.4 pounds this week!

This is obviously good news, but I’m actually more excited by non-scale victories this week. I now fit into old pants and shorts I hadn’t worn since the beginning of this year. I’m eager to go clothes shopping but trying to hold out until I drop some more weight, so for now shopping in my own closet will have to do. :) There are quite a few things I look forward to fitting in to again.

I still haven’t set an “ultimate” goal weight. My mini-goal for now is losing 20 pounds (I’m down 14 so far, so this is getting close!). Another mini-goal I’ve set is losing 20 more pounds by the end of the year. My WW leader pointed out we have 18 Wednesdays (which are my weigh in days) left in the year. Since my weekly loss average is 1.5 pounds, this is definitely doable if I can when I survive the holiday food frenzy.

P.S. I just started reading Gone Girl since I want to see the movie and I can’t believe I put it down long enough to write this post (I’M OBSESSED… especially since I’m picturing Ben Affleck playing the husband role).

How to Go on a Cruise and Not Be a Fatass

I’m used to getting home from a cruise and being extremely hungover, bloated and sleep deprived. It can take days before I feel normal again. My friends and I refer to this as being “landsick.” :)

Being that I’ve spent most of my life within a short drive of a cruise port, I’ve been on a lot of cruises. On most, I gave in to every temptation and walked off the ship feeling awful and several pounds heavier.

But on my recent cruise, I felt fine when I got off the ship. I did drink quite a bit, but nowhere near what I normally would. I did eat more than I do at home, but I kept myself in check and for the most part didn’t eat anything too unhealthy (it helps I was on Carnival so the food isn’t that great!). Below are 8 things I did on this cruise which I believe helped me make healthy choices.

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Week 6: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I didn’t break even as I was hoping after going on my cruise, but I can’t say I’m disappointed with this week’s weigh in. I’m up 0.4 lbs. But I don’t think this is bad considering I had about 10 drinks a day on my cruise (oops!).

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I got back from the cruise on Sunday and immediately got back into my routine. When I think of all the times I have failed at dieting, it’s usually after gaining a little bit of weight (from something like a trip or busy weekend). I normally would “wait til Monday” to get back on track. Or I’d just give up and never fully commit again. Instead, when I got home I ate healthy the rest of the day and went to the gym. I could definitely tell I gained a bit of weight on the cruise. But I KNEW I could take it right off if I got back into my routine.

I’m actually more excited that I didn’t fall of the wagon once I got home than I am about barely gaining on my cruise. This tells me I’ve made major progress in how I think and feel about weight loss. I trust that even when I indulge a bit, I’ll be able to get right back at it and stay the course.

I’ll be posting about what I did on my cruise that I think helped me from gaining a lot. Stay tuned!

Week 5: Weight Watchers Weigh In

The pounds keep coming off. I’m down another 2.5 lbs this week!

I had an extremely busy week and felt pretty distracted, so I wasn’t incredibly diligent about tracking points and I only made time to exercise twice all week. But the fact that I wasn’t 100% focused and still made healthy choices (and laid off the booze!) tells me these new habits are becoming second nature.

 

After a long week, I’m really looking forward to taking off on a cruise. Yes, I’m about to embark on a floating buffet. As someone on a diet, this is a little terrifying. I typically gain 5-10 pounds on a cruise (and typically eat dessert 5 times a day). I have a bit of a strategy I’ve put together and hopefully I won’t gain anything. Here’s the plan:

  • Eat a light breakfast and lunch.
  • Allow for one indulgence at dinner (hellllo steak and lobster). Otherwise I’ll choose items from the “spa” menu which features lighter items.
  • Exercise every day (we have two days at sea so I’ll have plenty of free time). This is the first time I’ve ever packed gym clothes for a cruise.
  • Avoid the elevator. Only take the stairs (this may not be possible on Day 1 since I did a leg workout yesterday and I’m in so.much.pain).
  • No pina coladas (these are like half a day’s worth of points). They always walk around with delicious fruity drinks after you board — this will be very hard to resist!

Do I plan on sticking to this perfectly? Nope. But at least I have some guidelines. Wish me luck!