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Ok, guys, it’s just you and your computer screen so you can be honest with yourself. Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to the grocery store hungry! I know I have. Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone in to the grocery store to buy 2-3 items and you walk out with 25. Again, I know I have. Often times, the key to our failure (lack of success) isn’t what we do, but what we don’t do. What I mean by that is, we aren’t prepared. We are an instant gratification kind of society where there are so many conveniences that we don’t even think about the planning process. I remember my mom talking about how, when she was a child, they planned a trip in to town. They had their list of errands they had to run and their shopping list. Now days, there is a grocery store on every corner and we seem so much busier in our day-to-day lives, we’ve stopped planning. So, we leave work starving and go grocery shopping with no direction and no plan.

For those of us who are in a weight-based sport OR we are simply trying to be the healthiest version of ourselves, having all of these conveniences can actually impede our success if we allow it to. Have you ever heard the old saying of the 7 P’s? Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. This holds true even in planning a trip to the grocery store.

You can stop the cycle of sabotaging yourself mid week by taking a few extra minutes to plan your grocery-shopping trip.

  1. Don’t go to the store on a whim; make a plan to go!
  2. Have a realistic budget for how much you spend on food weekly or monthly.
  3. Make a menu for the week – sit down and plan out your meals and snacks for the week. This will help you with budgeting as well as knowing you have enough food to make it to your next trip to the store. Make a list!
  4. Even in a crunch, try to make a list of items you find you might need before your next big trip.
  5. Meal prep – if you are someone who gets super busy and ends up eating on the go, take a few hours on Sunday and prep the meals you planned out beforehand. It can be time consuming for that day, but saves so much time throughout the week.
  6. Shop the perimeter of the store. If you have ever thought about how a grocery store is laid out, the unprocessed ‘real’ food like fruits, veggies, dairy, meats, and even bakery/bread items are all around the perimeter. This will help you to keep mostly real, healthy foods in your refrigerator and pantry.

Some of you may be full time athletes and that’s your job. EAT. SLEEP. LIFT. REPEAT. However, for most of us, we have families, jobs, and responsibilities. We have stress and bills. Taking these few extra minutes to prep and plan for your grocery shopping and weekly meals will give you more time with your family, more money in your pocket, less stress, AND help you reach your goals!