LeeAnne Hebert is a Health and Fitness Coach that works with people to move past what’s holding them back from reaching their goals.
She and her husband, Mark, who has 20 years of fitness training under his belt, are prime examplesof what it means to live well 360 (in every way). So we asked LeeAnne to share some of her tips with our Live Well 360 community about how she manages a busy schedule PLUS finds time to take good care of her body. She put together 4 tips on how she has incorporates healthy living into her daily life. Three years ago I was at my heaviest weight and feeling pretty bad about myself. The knowledge I share with my clients/readers today is mainly based on my personal experiences and what has helped me lose that 15-20 lbs and keep it off. As a Health and Fitness Coach, one thing I’ve found that 97% of us truly have in common and struggle with is time, AND that the only thing we make time for is work because we “have” to.We get up at a certain time, to get there on time, put in our time, and then leave on time (well, most of us). How many of us don’t have/make time to work out, plan or do any other thing to help us stay fit and healthy enough to enjoy a quality life - because really, isn’t living a quality life what makes life worth living? That’s where I come in… There are things that each of us can do to save time and to keep our fitness plans on track - flying by the seat of your pants just doesn’t work, we all need to PLAN.
1. Plan Your Meals Ahead of TimeEach week I create a plan that includes meals, workouts and time to do things for myself. My meal plan may looks like this: Monday
- Breakfast - egg whites and oatmeal
- AM snack – green smoothie
- Lunch – shrimp, salad and brown rice
- PM snack – almonds and raisins
- Dinner – Salmon, green beans and sweet potato
- Egg whites
- Frozen Blueberries
- Brown Rice
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potato
2. Pre-portion Your Serving SizesAnother important time and calorie saver for me is prep and portion control. Each week after I food shop, I weigh and separate my beef, fish and chicken, put them in individual baggies and freeze them. Why? For one, because portion control is a great way to cut out extra calories. And two, because now each morning during the week all I have to do is look to see what I’ve planned for dinner, take it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator to defrost while I’m at work. Then when I get home I already know what I’m going to make, it’s defrosted in the right portion and I have a healthy well balanced meal that only takes about 15 minutes to make because… I took out the thought process and pain of:
- What am I going to have for dinner?
- Do I have anything in the house?
- Do I have to defrost it?
- What should I to do with the extra? (Since it wasn’t separated, we know the leftovers will probably end up in the trash.)
3. Plan Your Fitness Like Any VIP AppointmentThe next big thing for me is planning my exercise, which may look like this:
- Monday – 3 mile walk at 7 AM after the kids get on the bus
- Tuesday / Thursday – appointment with personal trainer at noon
- Wednesday – Cardio Tennis with the girls at 7 PM
- Saturday – Walk with the family after dinner