Why does it have to be planned?

I feel like 2015 is the year of “planning”. Meal planning what you are going to make for the week. Meal planning what you are going to eat each day of the week. Meal planning what your family will eat, what your dog will eat, what your children (should you have them) 3 years from now will eat.

A good point was made to me a few weeks ago. Do you plan your weekly workouts? They why wouldn’t you plan to fuel those workouts? GAH MORE PLANNING! I hate planning. What happened to flying by the seat of your pants for dinner? Apparently, this leads to over eating and might explain my fatty issues! In the hopes of better fueling and better workouts I began not only  planning dinner for the week but planning each day of meals.


I started using my Erin Codren life planner for weekly meals. Sitting down each night and planning out the next day or 2. Then, major step here, I actually carry it with me and follow it! I have also started planning for Jon and I. You know how some people use those family calendars for events and where their kids need to be and when? Yea, we use it so we know each other’s workouts and what we are making for dinner that night.


As you can see it was IRONMAN Maryland week when I took this photo. We have 3 days of meals planned along with our workouts. Thanks Post-it for making a pretty awesome weekly calendar. Each Sunday we tear it down and start a new week.

I don’t know what would work for your family but this seems to be working for ours. With Jon being a veggie-only athlete it takes a bit more planning for protein and stuff.

How do you plan out your workouts and meals??

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

5 thoughts on “Why does it have to be planned?

  1. Yes, I’m a huge planner fanatic! I find if our family doesn’t meal plan and workout plan we just end up eating poorly and cranky. We have two girls under 2, my husband is marathon training plus i’m training for a few half marathons so without planning we’d be a hot mess!

      1. lol – i just try to think strategically abou what we are doing and meal plan accordingly – etc. on nights we both run, dinner is cooked in the crockpot.

  2. I hate planning meals. It’s annoying that I can’t eat whatever I want while I’m training. And, yes, it does feel like there is so much planning going on already! Planning workouts, planning meals, planning work and school and family and sleep etc etc. And just because I have a meal planned doesn’t mean I don’t want to veer off for a giant bagel and coffee instead! So the planning is awful but executing the planning is even worse.

    1. THANK YOU! I veer off frequently just cause I don’t feel like eating that. Why yes, I do want that tall caramel macchiato that isn’t in my plan!

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