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Organize + Energize: Can Getting Organized Help You Lose Weight?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

 

If you're looking to slim down before the summer, you'll be surprised to find that these should be your first steps.

Are you working on shedding some extra pounds? Did you know that being organized could help you lose weight? There are so many benefits to being organized and losing weight is one of them.

Here are 5 ways being organized can help you lose weight.

Organize your food pantry.

If you were going to make a food-shopping list right now from your food pantry, how easy would it be to see everything in front of you? Can you see what is hiding in the back corner of your pantry? Do you make your shopping list while looking in the pantry?  Do you have healthy food on one shelf, snacks on another, and breakfast foods on another? Is everything itemized and categorized? If f you want to lose weight, this should be the first project you put on your to-do list. Organize your food pantry.  For more info on organizing your food pantry, click here.

Prepare for the supermarket.

How many times have you gone to the supermarket unprepared, spent more money than you intended, bought items you already had, and gained weight in the process? Do you plan your meals for the week ahead of time to make food shopping a breeze? If you go to the market unprepared, you will purchase impulse items. The majority of the time, they are unhealthy choices. Never go to the market hungry! We’ve all done this, and what happens? We end up with junk in our cart and a gain on the scale to show for it at the end of the week. This will sabotage your healthy eating plan. Eat before you go, or at least have a snack.

Make one trip a week to the market.

How many times a week do you venture to the market? Do you find that if you go more than once a week, you purchase those impulse items? If you want to lose weight, now is the time to try to stick to one trip a week to the market.

Planning and preparing meals.

Are you preparing your meals for the week ahead? Are you portioning out your meals and snacks? Plan your meals for the week on Saturday or Sunday and write down a healthy meal plan. Sit down for 10 minutes with your menus, store fliers, and coupons, and decide what you are going to eat for the week. Don’t forget to write down the snacks you will be having. Prepare ahead anything you can. Portion out your snacks and meals for the week.  With your meals and snacks all prepared for the week, you won’t have to think about preparing when you come home from work, and you won’t have to prepare your lunches in the morning before work. This tip is going to save you time. If you stick to the meal plan and portions, you will also lose weight. 

Schedule your workouts.

Do you schedule your workouts ahead of time? Begin to schedule your workouts into your calendar just as you would schedule an appointment. Schedule your workouts for the entire month; even jot down when you are going for a walk. Knowing ahead of time when you are going to exercise will keep you on track.  Can’t make a scheduled workout one day? You can look ahead and know that you have 3 other workouts scheduled for the week!

Follow these tips and not only will you save money, have more free time, less stress, and more energy, but you will also lose weight. Make a plan, start applying these tips, and drop those unwanted pounds!

 

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.

 

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Kristin MacRae

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.

 
 

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