If it is not obvious, I am loving my busy schedule. I literally have to plan out my entire day by the hour, write it down, follow it, and breathe to stay sane and on top of everything. There are multiple to-do lists to keep me ahead. So far so good! This life right now just makes me want to sing “I’m loving it” from McDonalds commercials.
Here is the thing though, I was really nervous about planning out my days by the minute because this is something I did in the dark days of my eating disorder and I can say honestly it was not healthy for me. It put me in a stressed yet controlled mindset and when something deviated from the schedule I had set I wanted to cry (and did).
I have also taken a note out of Chelsie’s book and begun planning my meals. Another big step for me. For four years now I have associated meal planning with my ED recovery and have stayed away from it completely. You see I through away my binder of planned meals one day in the midst of my recovery. The throwing away of my meal plan binds was a huge step for me at the time. I was sick of all of the detailed and specific planning. I was sick of following these stupid pieces of papers to a tee. I wanted freedom and with that binder in the trash I gained quite a bit.
But here I am planning my days and my meals every week now. So what makes it different this time? How is planning my days by the hour and hours by the minute OK now? How is me going back to meal planning keeping in that freedom I have so desperately come to love? Well, in the past 4-years I have become FLEXIBLE folks. That’s right I said it. So although I plan my days out in extreme detail and my meals are laid out in a nifty Meal Plan Template of Chelsie’s now, I am totally willing to change things. I schedule in FREE TIME or what I like to consider me time that doesn’t always include my meal times. I also still allow myself to change my meal plan based on plans that might come up or a random craving for something different. And as plans change I keep going.
The fact of the matter is planning has made this crazy and wonderful schedule of mine so much more enjoyable and slightly stress-free (for the most part, but let’s be honest I strive off a little stress!). O and I am saving quite a good bit of money at the grocery store each week! Which I promptly spend on coffee…