Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
This was something that one of my P.E teachers used to say when it came to exam time and it’s something that has always stuck with me.
It is really applicable to my competition prep. More so when it comes to meal prep. Unfortunately in my flat of five, we have one small fridge to share so meal prepping my whole week’s worth of food on a Sunday just isn’t an option for me. Without this option, it could be incredibly easy to slip into ‘I’ll just snooze my alarm a bit longer and buy food while I’m out.’ That is not the trap you want to be falling into. I wake up super early every single morning so that I can make my food for the day and spend some time for myself over my breakfast. Breakfast is my time to myself before a crazy busy day ahead so it’s important that I make that time in the morning to keep a level head and connected.
So how do I do it?
Some people choose to have a nutritionist or service plan out their food for them. Whether that be in creating meal plans for them, or having a delivery service that brings you your ready made bespoke packages- like Fresh Fitness Food. I haven’t used anything like that in my prep. Artur, my trainer, will tell me my calories and macro breakdown for the week and then it is on me to make sure I make food to fit to these.
There is one tool that I couldn’t possibly do that without and that is an app called MyFitnessPal. It’s great it’s a food database where you can put in your nutrition goals and macro breakdown. For example this week I was on 1800 calories a day, 70g Carbs, 200g Protein and 80g Fat. So I was able to pop that into MyFitnessPal and then enter my food for the day to add up to this.
The food diary is broken down into four sections: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. Due to my prep and eating more than three meals a day I just enter extra food into the sections. Under each header you have a button (+Add Food) you can enter into the search bar and find your food and measurement to enter. If for some reason you cannot find the product you are after, you can create your own food and use the nutritional content section from the back of your package (ingredient) to input it into the app.
It is really great having this app to help me, since I can only prep on the day it just makes life so much easier. When you have your food prepped, you know that that is what your body needs and when and you’re less/not likely to end up grabbing something on the go.
PREPARATION IS KEY!
I’ll plan my food in the app the day before so that I know if I need to buy food and know exactly what I’m getting up to make in the morning. When doing it all yourself, it really couldn’t be any easier!
The normal version of the app is available for free, or if you have further needs there is a premium version you can purchase from the App Store too!
Whether you’re in competition prep, looking to lose weight, or just curious about what you have been eating then MyFitnessPal is my recommended food tracking app.