From January until March 24 my life was the musical I directed, with practices almost every day during the week. During that time my son was on a basketball team with practices during the week and games on Saturdays. My daughter is on a club volleyball team with practices twice during the week with full day tournaments on Sundays.
I tell you all this to put into perspective that I started THM during this time of craziness for me. I was really silly and started it the last three weeks before the show. There were times I thought I might cry (I probably did cry) from stress and trying to eat healthy and cook meals for my family. But I made it through.
The biggest thing you can do to be successful in trying to live a healthy lifestyle (in my opinion only) is plan ahead. If I didn’t have a plan I would never have been able to do it.
During busy times this does mean sacrifice. There were nights I got home from practice and was in the kitchen making dinner for the night and then prepping for the next day. I didn’t even sit down. I just went to bed when I was done.
Now that I’m not so busy it is definitely easier but I still write everything out. I get groceries every two weeks and I have a menu with everything I will be eating for lunch and supper. I look ahead the day before to see if there is anything I need to make ahead of time, like if I am going to have a soup for lunch and I have to work the next day I have to make the soup the night before.
If you’re someone who struggles with this organization (and I am not organized at all) this will be a challenge for you. But it’s so worth it when you start to feel better.
I have been getting my menus from The Laundry Moms. If you sign-up you will receive each week, for twelve weeks, a full menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I don’t do their breakfast but I do follow their “fuel”, S or E and I make a breakfast I can freeze from one of my cookbooks, I don’t have time to make breakfast on days I have to go to work.
If you look at my What Did Eat posts you’ll see what I eat for breakfast. All of that is prepped, except for when I have two eggs, hashbrowns etc. But everything else gets pulled out of the freezer and I buy the pre-cooked sausage so I only have to heat it up.
I also kind of free style my snacks but make sure I’m not crossing fuels (again, if you aren’t a THM you don’t know what I’m talking about, sorry).
If this sounds interesting to you I recommend reading their book, Trim Healthy Mama Plan. Don’t be overwhelmed, it can sound that way at first but it’s really so do-able, especially if you follow The Landry Mom’s menu to begin, then you don’t have to think about it.
The biggest thing, no matter what “plan” you’re following, is plan ahead!!! It’s a must for success.