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It may be cliché, but failing to plan is indeed planning to fail.

Thursday, February 8, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

February
8
2007

My fat loss progress has begun to level off this week, so it looks like the new meal plan I’ll be starting this Monday has been perfectly timed. In addition to the reduction in calories, I’ll also be eating a couple new foods. Further, most of my meals will be different than they were for the first six weeks. For example, at 11:00 AM on training days I’ve been eating 90g Nitrean and 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter. On the new meal plan I’ll be consuming chicken, yams and broccoli for my 11:00 AM meal. This new plan consists of more “real” food and less protein powder. I welcome the changes, but these meals are going to require a bit more planning and a little more time in the kitchen.

“Planning” is the operative word here. Obviously we each know our own schedules better than anyone else, so it’s up to each of us to make sure that we not only have a solid plan, but also an “emergency” backup plan. For example, Monday night my dinner called for chicken, a sweet potato and a salad. As I always do, I tossed my sweet potato into the toaster oven 60 minutes before my scheduled meal. At meal time I cut into the potato and it was totally rotten: nasty, brown and gross – absolutely inedible. Hey, these things can happen, but that’s why I have a backup plan. I always have brown rice prepared and stored in the fridge. You could stop by my house any time and on any day of the year and I guarantee I’ll have brown rice ready to eat, or cooking on the stove. 🙂 I quickly measured out 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, nuked it for 30 seconds and sat down, on time, to a meal that met my macronutrient needs perfectly.

If I get called away on a network emergency or something, I can quickly grab protein powder, a chicken breast, rice, raw oats, almonds, etc. If I’m going to be away from the house for more than 2.5 hours, my cooler goes with me. People lug around all kinds of crap, from cigarettes to fanny packs filled with junk food. I’m certainly not going to think twice about carrying a small cooler or shaker around with me, and neither should you.

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