How to Lose Weight by Getting Organized

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Year after year in city after city, weight loss tops the charts for things people want to do….especially in the summer. For the time stretched (and who isn’t!), sticking to a healthy regimen can be hard work. But with a few organizational tricks, you can avoid these pitfalls and get back on track!

Alicia & Sarah on “Ditching Perfection”
“Getting healthy is a journey, not a destination. Very few individuals will ever make it through a weight loss program without slipups. So relax and remember you’re likely to surrender to the siren call of a cookie (or chips, or whatever your weakness is) during your journey. If you don’t expect to be ‘perfect’ you’ll be much more likely to rebound from the less than ideal food choices you’re bound to make along the way.” 

Five tips for Getting Buttoned Up To Lose Weight:
#1:  Create a Daily Recipe Hat/Bowl
One of the most difficult tasks associated with weight loss is planning and preparing healthy meals.  Who among us hasn’t been “good” all day, come home exhausted, looked in the fridge and said “we’ve got nothing to eat,” and then proceeded to blow the day by eating junk food or bad take-out? To beat those dinner disasters, create a recipe hat. Cut out healthy recipes from magazines, print online recipes or write down your cookbook favorites and put them all in a big bowl. As you walk out the door in the morning, pick a recipe and commit to making that for dinner. At lunch or on your way home, stop by the grocery store and pick up the items you need to make the meal. That way, when you walk in the door – you’re already on your way to a healthy meal!

#2: Write it Down
There’s nothing like recording your meal plans to help you stay on track. So incorporate it into your daily to-do list. Write down your menu for the day in the same place you write your regular “to-dos” and cross each food item off the list as you eat it. That way you can monitor your progress and will be more inclined to stick to your plan as the day wears on. 

#3: Start Your Day With Five Minutes
You might be surprised at how important a measly five minutes at the start of your day can be in maintaining your weight loss momentum.  Minute 1: calm your thoughts and get quiet.  Minute 2: remind yourself about the specifics of your weight loss goal and why you wanted to achieve that goal in the first place. Minutes 3-4: picture yourself achieving your goal, writing down on a piece of paper specifically what you’ll look and feel like. Finally, use minute five to commit to the tasks you need to do today in order to stay on course to a healthier you.

#4: Defense Is Good Offense
When you do your weekly shop, buy healthy snacks to stock up on so there is always something to grab if hunger strikes. Try buying fresh fruit and vegetables like baby carrots, grapes, etc. When you get home, wash the items and place in serving size Ziploc bags.

#5: Get a Buddy
Share your goals with a close friend or spouse and even enlist them in losing weight with you. The more you can work with others and have their encouragement, the more likely you are to succeed.  This also works, by the way, for organizing big tasks and projects.  Buddies are great tools!

We are the co-founders of Buttoned Up, inc (twitter @getbuttonedup)., a company dedicated to helping stretched and stressed women get themselves organized and co-authors of Everything (almost) In Its Place.  We welcome your thoughts!  Please send ideas and questions to us at:  [email protected] or visit us at