Workout of the Day (WOD)

Tuesday 4/7/15

We are far into the new year where in January many of you were determined to adjust your eating habits and resolved to reform yout diet and eat more cleanly in a bid to better their health and achieve their fitness goals. So, naturally, you did your research to look at some of the dietary plans available to you.  It’s important that you employ the right methods to give you the best chance of achieving them. One such method that has proven to be very effective is meal prepping.  Yes I talk about it a lot, but that's because it's that important.

Meal prepping is exactly what it sounds like: You buy food for a set period of time—a few days, a week, or even a month—cook and prepare the food in advance of the coming days/weeks, store them in the fridge or freezer and voila! Your week’s meals are all ready to go.

What are the benefits of meal prepping?
Saves time
If you never take time, how can you ever have it? By carving out a couple of hours on a Sunday to batch cook your meals for the following five days, you can be sure to save yourself a ton of grief and time when you come home from work or the box and find your meal for the evening waiting for you in the fridge. All you need do is pop it in the microwave/oven and you’re good to go. The last thing people want to think about when they’re on their way home from a long day at work is having to make dinner. But when your meal is already prepped, it’s just one less thing to worry about, and also dissuades you from taking the easy way out….

Dissuades you from eating crap
As I mentioned, when people are tired and hungry the thought of preparing and consuming a paleo/zone friendly meal becomes less and less appealing, whereas that pizza only takes 10 minutes to heat up in the oven and requires no work whatsoever. Oh yeah, those carbs and cheese are starting to look real tasty. Of course, I won’t pretend that I don’t allow myself a cheat meal now and again—where’s the fun in eating healthy ALL the time? The problem is when the temptation of bad food becomes more convenient than the time it takes to prepare a healthy one. But if that healthy meal is already staring back at you when you open the fridge, time isn’t a factor anymore, and that pizza can wait another week.

Invest in good quality tupperware
You’re going to be making a lot of food, so it stands to reason that you’re going to need a lot of containers to keep all those delicious meals tucked away in the fridge and freezer.

Keep it simple and start slow
If you’re new to meal prepping, don’t think that there’s one right way to do it. There’s going to be a lot of trial and error but it’s all about finding and developing a method that works for you. So don’t start off by trying to prep your meals for an entire week. Instead, work with manageable chunks—one to two days at first. Then move on to three to four, then five, and so on. And as you’re progressing, you can get a little more creative with your menu, but start with simple meals. You’re not entertaining guests when you bust out the tupperware, you’re eating to achieve your diet goals. Some bacon, avocado and grilled chicken with some balsamic vinegar. Doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. Be patient with the process yet remain consistent. Eventually, the process of meal prepping—making a list, doing your shopping and preparing the food—will start to become habitual, and that’s when you know you’re on a roll, and the results will invariably follow.

 Robin showing an outstanding handstand

Robin showing an outstanding handstand

Strength/Skill:
Gymnastics Skill (HSPU, Muscle Ups, Pull-Ups, Kipping Pull-Ups, handstands, Ring Dips)

WOD:
3 Rounds
800m Run
15 Box Jumps/Step Ups (24/20)
15 Thrusters (95/65)

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