Getting back into fitness and healthy eating is hard. Anyone who has weight to lose, has wanted to tone up or just committed to a gym plan knows this. There is so much advice and information available that I often feel overloaded. I go from being vegan, to low carb to everything in moderation and back to vegan. A little stability and routine would be nice. The other day my friend Natasha was telling me about a book she received as a gift called Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules. Normally I try to stay away from “diets” but I ended up downloading the book to my Kindle right away and finished reading it in one night!
Bob’s rules are fairly simple to follow and for the most part seem pretty like pretty good weight loss advice. We all know that we should be limiting refined carbs, making sure to drink enough water and get an adequate amount of sleep. I don’t want to list out all the rules but if you want to check it out the book is really affordable and a pretty good read. I think even if you bought it just for the recipes you it would still be a good investment.
So how did my first day of following his “skinny rules” go? It was good but not great. I like how the book encourages frequent eating and healthy snacks. It really is important to keep your body running on healthy food. The emphasis on cutting back processed ingredients is awesome. I found myself eating whole foods for breakfast, snacks and lunch. Things went downhill towards the end of the night. My plans changed and rather than going home and cooking a meal for dinner I decided to go out to a movie with a friend (Django Unchained – TOTALLY AWESOME) and skipped dinner. Who the hell am I? I never skip a meal. I figured it was better for me to not eat then to eat a fast food meal. I honestly still don’t know what the right choice for me to do would have been. In actuality I probably should have ended up getting a chicken wrap with no sauce, at least it would have been something to tie me over until I got home. The movie ended really late so I ended up just drinking some water and heading to bed.
I wish I could say I was more planned today. A late night meant a rushed morning and the only thing I brought with me to school today was a damn apple. School from 11:30 to 9:00pm with only an apple is not a good health choice. I ended up buying a salad for one of my breaks in between class but I really need to get better at planning my school days. If I am at work or at home it isn’t a problem for me to plan meals and pack but as soon as it comes to carting around a days worth of food with me at school I just don’t want to do it.
Now that you guys have listened to all my excuses, do you have any tips? How do you plan a busy day? Any healthy lunch options that don’t rely on packing around every Tupperware container I own. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it. My health is worth more than the inconvenience of packing food with me to school.