Yesterday I set out to prep my meals for the week in 30 minutes.
It ended up taking an hour because I set all the fire alarms in my building off!
But still, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and a couple of snacks plus a fight with a smoke alarm in 60 minutes – that’s not bad going.
They aren’t the most impressive meals – I’m not being invited onto Masterchef anytime soon, but they will all taste good, are nutritious, are made up of real foods – carbs, proteins, fats – the lot.
It’s not that you don’t need to cut foods out of live off kale and air to be healthy (that wouldn’t be a bad point to be fair).
It’s not that if you’re busy through the week a bit of meal prep once a week is an amazing tool to keep you on track to your nutrition goals (again pretty good point).
It’s to manage your own expectations of yourself and your week.
Typically Sunday is my only day ‘off’. I know I need to prepare food for the week but if that took up my whole Sunday how often would I end up sacking it off?
So I accept that my food is a bit simple, nothing fancy, in exchange for only needing an hour to get it all done.
If cooking was a relaxing pleasure for me I’d possibly spend longer on it, but that’s not the case.
I try and apply this logic to my fitness as a whole – what would be ideal? How would the ideal affect my life? If it would make me stressed or resentful sod the ideal and find something more realistic to stick to.