7 Things To Do On A Sunday To Lose Weight All Week Long!

Everyone knows that eating healthy and exercising is the key to achieving weight loss goals. But trying to find the time during a busy work week while juggling a job and kids and grocery shopping and laundry and on and on makes it pretty tough to get all those things in each week. Here are some tips for some easy things you can do on a Sunday afternoon which will keep your weight loss percolating along all week long.

  1. plan-your-exercisePlan your exercise times: If you just “think” that you’ll get your exercise in during the week by getting to the gym here or taking a run there, you’re missing the boat completely. Research shows that people who schedule their exercise time are much more likely to do it over the course of a busy work week. This is the same as scheduling in your date night or your trip to the doctor for your pap smear. It’s just as important to get your weekly workout in and the best way to do that is to plan it. So, on Sunday night, sit down with your calendar and figure out just when you’re going to get some gym time in and write it down. You can also take a few minutes on Sunday night to give your workout buddies a quick phone call and see if they’re available to meet you at the gym at your appointed time. If you have an appointment to meet someone you will be 10 times more likely to actually show up. You can also take a few minutes on Sunday evening to check the weekly forecast online so you can see which days will be best for getting outside for a nice long walk.

  2. Clean clothes? Nothing puts a crimp on working out more than not having any clean clothes to wear to the gym. If your sports bra smells like your old socks, it’s time to give your workout clothes a spin in the washing machine and dryer. If you wash all your workout gear on Sunday evening, you’ll be sure to be prepared for the week ahead. You can pack your gym bag for the coming week if you’d like by putting different pairs of socks in zip-lock storage bags. This is the best and easiest way to make sure you won’t be charging around the house each morning frantically searching for your sports gear. Nothing else will make you not want to go to the gym.

  3. Gather it up: Go through the house on Sunday night and gather up everything you will need for the coming week in terms of your workouts. You’ll need your sneakers, your iPod, your earbuds, your yoga mat. Make sure these things are collected in a nice little pile preferably close to the door so you can just bend down and pick them up easily as you are on your way out the door. If you have to spend twenty minutes each morning rooting around in closets for what you need, you will almost certainly run out of steam by Wednesday and give your morning workouts a punt.

  4. plan-your-snacksPlan your snacks: If you take the time to actually sit down and write down a weekly meal plan, including snacks, you can make an easy to follow grocery list from that and then hit the grocery store. This is the best way to control impulse spending and make sure that you don’t have to make repeated trips back to the store over the coming week. You will be able to buy everything you need in one fell swoop.

  5. Pack your lunches for the week: Packing your lunch is one of the best ways to make sure that you have a healthy meal at lunchtime and it will also save you a bundle of money. People who pack their lunches and their snacks are much less likely to snack mindlessly during the day. You can even pack up five salads to take with you to work on Sunday night. Just store them in an airtight container. While you’re doing this, set aside 10 different snacks you can tuck into your lunch bag like some carrot sticks and hummus or some Greek yogurt with some cut up slices of cucumber. You can measure out 100 calorie  bags of trail mix or pack up some whole grain crackers with some cut up cheese.

  6. Do some quick and easy food prep for the coming week: Take a few minutes to wash, cut and store some vegetables which you can use as you prepare meals over the coming week. It doesn’t take much time at all to cut up some fruit and plop it into some food storage containers. You’ll be happy you have all that pre-prepared food ready to grab when time gets scarce as the week goes by. Don’t forget to buy some food that you can throw into your crock pot before you head out to work in the morning so you’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal when you get home at night.

  7. Get some sleep: Once you’ve finished all those wonderful preparations, it’s time to hit the hay and head off to bed for some slumber. Draw yourself a nice, hot bubble bath and have a glass of wine. Then slip into your pajamas and grab your most calming reading material. Research shows that people who get eight hours of sleep a night tend to lose weight more quickly.