As a trainer, I hear excuses all the time. It’s just part of the business. When it comes to health and fitness, the excuses are endless. The most common ones of course surround the topic of working out and diet. And of all the excuses, the one I hear most often covering both areas, the tireless, “I don’t have time.” People give this excuse for not working out and for not eating right. I’m guessing these same people give that same excuse in a lot of areas of their life. Let’s face it, it’s a “one size fits all, excuse.”

To say “I’m not falling for that one” is an understatement. I’m as busy as the next person and rarely if ever use that excuse. I truly believe that if you want something, you find and/or make the time. I guarantee you that these same people would find time for a night out or other fun activity. These same people seem to have no difficulty fitting in pedicures, shopping and lunch dates.

If you really don’t want to work out or eat right, then at least own it. Your an adult, it’s your right. However, if you want to workout out and eat right and are busy like the rest of us you can do it with the right preparation and planning. Like with most things, the more organized you are the better all around. The same goes with food. A little planning and prepping can help you go from out of control to in control in the eating department and is by far the best way to lose weight.

While I’m not a nutritionist, I’ve had plenty of practice at eating right for daily living, fitness and competition. I believe that anyone can eat for their best and most fit body if they really want to and it really isn’t that hard, it just takes a little prep. I prepare all my food for the week on Sunday to ensure that I’m not without a snack or meal throughout the week and have an opportunity to make a bad choice. We make bad choices when we are hungry! In other words, I set myself up for success!

For a successful week of eating, make a menu, make a plan, cook and portion out your food. I just finished prepping my food for the week and am feeling in control, healthy and know that my week of clean eating is going to make me lean and mean for whatever comes my way. This weeks menu includes, fresh strawberries already washed and portioned, snap peas, hard boiled eggs, fresh tilapia with Brussel sprouts, nuts (pre-portioned,) and some healthy protein bars, just in case. What’s on your menu?

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