Do you ever wonder why you seem to never accomplish what you set out to do? Do you wonder why the motivation to change starts out fierce but soon fizzles off with excuses and then acceptance?

Consider this, maybe there is more to it then “will power” or “good luck.” Take dieting or meal prep for example; IMO meal prep is a huge motivation dependent task. If your too lazy to meal prep then chances are you will likely be too lazy to create amazing culinary masterpieces.

This week along with the usual recipe round up I have outlined 6 tips in order to make this the most successful accomplished week yet.

1.  You have to believe it to achieve it

Belief – It always seems easier to get back to a place you once knew. If at one time you were fit and your ideal weight but lost your way you will likely have an easier time returning to that once great place because you knew it before. If you have never ever felt great about yourself and never at any time been at your ideal state then you likely don’t believe that is possible. You may try different things but if deep down you don’t “believe” you can be a certain way they tend to self sabotage. If you feel that no workout plan or program will ever work for you because you have not gotten the results you want prior well then guess what? It will never work for you! To change this you have to change your mind set. You have to look at things the way a child would. With a sense of wonder and curiosity and a very open mind. Let go of the idea that something will not work for you and BELIEVE that it will.

2.  Let go of comfort zones

Comfort – We tend to always go back to comfort zones. When the workout gets too “uncomfortable” or “hard” or when the meal plan gets too “complicated” we automatically go back to comfort. Our bodies and our minds know how to quickly adjust to be comfortable again. You have to get UNCOMFORTABLE if you want to become comfortable with new results. Until we shift our definition of comfort our old ways and habits will continue to pop up.

3.  Get really really selfish

“What is it for me” – There has to be a reward. You have to know why you are fighting the good fight. If you are trying to lose weight for someone else it will be very hard to make the change. You have to dig deep and really understand what is in it for you. I talk to clients all of the time who say “I want to get thin for vanity but I can’t stick to the plan”. I understand why! When you are curled up in sweats on the couch with the TV on and bags of chips calling your name VANITY at that moment is not important to you! So, you revert back to “comfort”. The way to address this is to think through your deep goals. The “why” you want this. How will  it make you FEEL to reach your goal? Will it improve your relationship? Your business? Consider making a vision board to look at daily as a reminder to what is in it for you.

4.  Knowledge is power

Knowledge – You have to know what to do. Spend time learning and researching. Don’t just “follow a plan” learn why it is good and why it will work. Don’t take someones word for something. Rather, learn about it, understand it. When you understand why too much sugar is not great for you or why doing certain exercises a certain way are effective you will be more longer to commit and push past your comfort zone.

5.  Stop trying and start committing

Commit don’t try – Once you know what to do and how to do it, commit to it. Trying will never work. Commit and conquer.

6.  Consistency is everything

Consistency – The most important step at all is this one right here. You have to be consistent. It did not take you a short period of time to get off track. It can’t ALL be undone in a day, a week or a month. Be consistent, push through, commit to making things happen and a you new will emerge.

So there you have it.  Get those 6 things in place and hang on!!  …because your life is going to change for the better and take you places you could never imagine!!!

Meal-Prep Sunday

  • Grocery shopping start to final meal in the fridge: 3 hours

Some of the things we did this week:

  • Cut and bag ingredients for slow-cooker meal.
  • Peel and chop potatoes and squash.
  • Chopped and bagged vegetables.
  • Make garlic crackers.
  • Make two types of cookies for snacks throughout the week.
  • Make muffins for easy breakfasts.
  • Make cookies for Cinnabon.

Monday

  • Breakfast: Overnight Oats (R).
  • Lunch: Salad.
  • Dinner: Homemade Soup with Garlic Crackers (R).
  • Dessert: Erin Belt Sander Brownie.

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: French Toast.
  • Lunch: Left-Over Chili.
  • Dinner: Chicken, Yams and Sprout Salad.
  • Dessert: Cookies and Fluff.

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs and Toast.
  • Lunch: Left-Over Soup.
  • Dinner: Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef.
  • Dessert: Grasshoppers (R).

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Yogurt with Granola.
  • Lunch: Left-Over Soup.
  • Dinner: Chicken Sandwich and Actifry Chips.
  • Dessert: Puppy Chow (R).

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs and Toast.
  • Lunch: Smoothie and Muffin.
  • Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Salad.
  • Dessert: Peanut Butter Fluff (R).

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Pancakes.
  • Lunch: Sandwich.
  • Dinner: Sushi and Cabbage Salad.
  • Dessert: Peanut Butter Caramel Cups (R).

Sunday:

  • Brunch: Eggs, Toast, Sausage and Fruit Salad.

The rest of the day, we eat up all the leftovers and clean the fridge out for oncoming week.

Weekly Grocery List

Staples: 

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal (can be made by crushing almonds in a food processor)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
  • Vanilla
  • Coconut oil
  • Chili powder
  • Almond butter
  • Almond milk
  • Canned pumpkin

Meat:

  • Steak
  • Free range organic chicken breasts
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Snapper
  • Salmon

Produce:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Tomato
  • Butternut squash
  • Yams
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Banana
  • Red onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beets
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Cranberries

Dairy:

  • Fat-free Greek yogurt
  • Diya lactose free cheese

Bakery:

  • Bread for toast
  • Kneaded GF Bakery Chia Buns

I will be providing the recipes for the items with (R) beside them. If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email me at anytime [email protected].

Have a strong, focused and bad ass week.

With love from the Trench Kitchen,

xoxoErika♥