• You're all caught up!

30-Day Slim Down Challenge Day 11: Prep Yourself, Don't Wreck Yourself

author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of Maxim.com and executive editor of Premiere.com, she has been published on EW.com, TheWrap.com, Yahoo.com, LAmag.com and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
... and failure is not an option! AMIRITE?
... and failure is not an option! AMIRITE? Photo Credit Gracie Wilson/LIVESTRONG.COM; Adobe Stock

Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." (He was a wise man — plus, he's on the $100 bill, so that should count for something.)

This nugget of wisdom is especially true when it comes to your transformation. If you want to ensure your success, you need to prepare for it.

5 Planning Tips to Help You Succeed at Weight Loss

This preparation applies to both your food and your time management. If you take time to make healthy food in advance and have it ready to go, then you'll be less likely to reach for something that will derail your progress.

It's not easy to track every meal, but it's key to your success. A great way to save time is prepping meals in advance by making a big batch of food and freezing portions or getting your slow cooker cranking in the morning before you head to work. If you haven't already, sign up now for the free LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices.

If you carve out time in your schedule and plan your workouts, you'll be more likely to stick with it. It's an appointment you're making with yourself, and building it into your schedule helps it become a healthy habit. Eventually, it will become part of your healthy lifestyle.

Here are 5 tips to help you prepare and plan for success:

  1. Make lunches ahead of time.
  2. Prep your food and portion it out into daily containers in your fridge.
  3. Invest in a slow cooker to make a variety of delicious and healthy meals in advance.
  4. Put your workout on your schedule and keep the appointment.
  5. Set out your workout clothes the night before so you'll be ready to go.

You'll find tasty, easy and healthy recipes on LIVESTRONG.COM to help set yourself up for success, so start planning and prepping so you can get the results you want!

Get Daily Motivation in Our Facebook Group

For daily support, motivation and camaraderie with LIVESTRONG.COM team members, join our 30-Day Slim Down Facebook Group. We'll share daily recipes, tips, motivations, pictures and more! Plus, we'll answer all your questions.

Sign up for our newsletter if you want periodic reminders to get linked up with helpful LIVESTRONG.COM articles and tips.

Read on for Help Getting Organized:

The 20 Best Foods in Your Grocery Store
10 Simple and Delicious Slow Cooker Meals
15 Tips to Store Your Food So It Will Last Longer
When to Spend and When to Save at the Grocery Store

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge? If so, what is your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight loss fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM 30-Day Slim Down Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.
Demand Media