Take Your Diet Day By Day

Have you ever completed a week of clean eating and at the end of that week you feel like you’ve climbed to the top of Mount Rushmore? Eating clean can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a good game plan.

The mistake I used to make was waiting till Friday before I assessed my eating results. I noticed a trend that I just couldn’t break. I would usually have a pretty good start to the week and then I would fall off track around Wednesday or Thursday. There were a couple of times when I messed up as early as Tuesday.

Failing week after week was so frustrating because I just couldn’t seem to stick to a routine. My intentions were good but my execution was all off.

Once I started assessing my meals on a daily basis, I was finally able to have some success. The goal I set for myself was very simple. I would usually have the same thing for breakfast every morning.

  • Oatmeal with fruit
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Coffee

I give myself a little more freedom during lunch. Just as long as I can exercise good portion control, I try to keep lunch pretty open.

As for dinner, this is where I run into problems. Before I started planning out my dinners the night before, I used to wing it; simply put, I’d figure it out when dinner time arrived. I would start the day with good intentions, but 2-3 times per week I’d end up getting fast food or frozen pizza.

My goal for dinner time is to keep portion size low and carbs to a minimum, but this is easier said than done. If I’m tired after work or I have to go somewhere after work that forces me to come home late, my plans to cook something healthy are over.

Day by Day

Since my problem has never been breakfast or lunch, I decided to start planning out my dinners the night before. I have a few go-to dishes which included boneless chicken breasts, flank steak, asparagus, sweet potatoes and lettuce, so I try to keep my fridge stocked with these items at all times. Every now and then I may deviate from these choices but it’s usually a conscious effort the night before.

Assessing my progress day by day has allowed me to have better weekly assessments. No longer do I feel like I’ve failed when Friday comes or that I’m starting over from scratch when Monday rolls back around. I end each week feeling like I’ve climbed to the tip of Mount Rushmore.