Organization. This is one of those traits that I really wish I had. I think I can best be summed up as semi organized. My sock drawer? Totally unorganized. My lifting program? Totally organized. Employment? Totally organized. Keeping track of my keys? So not organized.
There are definitely times when organization is a must to help keep you sane. With weight loss and maintenance, organization can be the difference between it being a real struggle and much easier.
I try to stay organized by tracking my food and also by rotating in usual meals. I do like variety, but just have go-to meals and the ingredients on hand to make life easier. When I am really on point, I actually will take about 5 or 10 minutes the day before and put the next day’s food in my tracker. Then I just have to look at it and eat what it says. I am more likely to stay on track that way, although there are some days if it has been a particular bear at work (which was pretty much all of May, blergh) – I will ignore the tracker and go for pizza. I think if the majority of time you stay at least partly organized, the better chance of success you will have.
With workouts, particularly strength workouts, being organized is really a must. Otherwise you end up at the gym, do a few biceps curls, look around, do a couple squats and then get on the elliptical because you can’t think of anything to do. Now, I like following lifting programs (NROL, FBB, ect), but if I am not doing that – I will write out a lifting schedule so that I make sure I am hitting all the muscle groups – I do full body workouts – and how many sets and reps I want to do. That saves me time at the gym and is much more effective.
On the flip side, I do think you have to be careful not to become so organized that you let it rule your life. When a friend calls for a last minute get together and you decline because you had a workout scheduled or it wouldn’t fit into your eating plan, not so good. Organization is great, but you also have to let life happen. It seems like it always comes down to balance – in all aspects of life.
Make sure you read more at my fellow AIMers’ blogs for their thoughts on this topic!
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Debby @ Debby Weighs in
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit
Cammy @ The Tippy Toe Diet
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address!