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A Day of Preparation

I'm writing this on Sunday, but it won't be posted until Monday. 

Today is my day of preparation. The day I prepare for the week ahead. 

It's a day to grade my kids' papers and go over lesson plans for the next week. A day to catch up on household chores that got lost in the weekly shuffle. A day to write and schedule blog posts. A day to look over and tweak my workout plan and cook ahead some healthy meals. A day to mentally and physically prepare for the week.

I find that the more preparation I do this day, the better my week will go. 

A few things I will be cooking ahead today:

Chicken breasts. Just baking them in the oven and sticking them in the refrigerator. Then they can be cut up and added to lunches, chicken salad maybe, or dinners, such as chicken and black bean chili. Cuts the prep time down tremendously.
This pic is from before I started adding yellow or orange peppers.
Breakfast filling. This is something I started making while on The 4 Hour Body and love it. I sautee: onions, mushrooms, orange pepper and spinach in a little I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light, then throw in some black beans. I then just have to make an egg white omelet and heat this for the filling. It's super yum and even great for lunch with some chicken breast.
Some Sundays I have baked turkey meatloaf and put it in baggies, pre-portioned. Or sometimes I make a big batch of meatballs (turkey or lean beef). Often I also bake some healthy snacks for the kids. When I'm really on the ball I meal plan for the whole week. 

My workout plan for this week:
Monday: ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1
Tuesday: Insanity Plyo Cardio Circuit
Wednesday: CE Burn Circuit 2
Thursday: Insanity Cardio Power
Friday: CE Burn Circuit 3
Saturday: Run 3 miles
Sunday: REST

I find the more I can do on my preparation day to stream-line the week, the better. It is absolutely time well spent. If there are healthy foods at the ready it makes it so much easier to make those healthy choices. If my workouts are planned I don't tend to talk myself out of working out so easily and I am sure to have a more balanced workout plan than just winging it. If I have a few blog posts written and scheduled to post, I have more time to read other blogs in the mornings. Preparation just makes the week more fun and less stressful.

How about you? Do you prepare ahead?