"By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail."
- Benjamin Franklin
We had less than four hours until the start of our event and we needed two to three hours for the fudge to set. "Perfect!", I thought. Between two jobs, kids, marriage, and trying not to look like the people of Wal-Mart, I had completely forgotten about the Fireball Fudge I had promised to make for our Christmas party.
"A half hour to prep, three hours to cool, 15 minute drive.. We can do this!", I told myself as I proceeded to text my husband. "You can do this, babe! We have plenty of time." See, I was stuck at work so this left the task of Fudgemaker to my "Jack of All Franny's Trades" husband, Doug. I could feel the anxiety set in as I thought of all the things that could go wrong with the fudge. I felt it even more when he messaged saying it was done and in the freezer to help speed up the process.
"Why didn't I plan better? Why did we wait until the last minute for this?" It felt like the last half of the work day creeped by as I obsessed over that stupid fudge. When five o'clock finally rolled around, I couldn't wait to get home to see and taste the fudge. "It's going to be perfect! Don't worry," Yeah. that was me giving myself a pep talk again.
I got home, walked straight to the freezer, held my breath and opened the freezer lid. Immediately I felt a lump in my throat. Not only was the fudge not ready, it had slipped and tipped over spilling all of the still gooey fudge mixture all over my popsicles and freezer floor. It looked more like a slushie gone horribly wrong than anything resembling fudge. Luckily, there was still time for Plan B; candy bags. Who doesn't love candy, right?
I was able to save the night by running to the store and making candy bags in the car on the way to the party; but the relief of not being empty handed was completely overshadowed by the disappointment in myself for not planning better. By failing to prepare, I ultimately prepared myself to fail.
This same pattern can be seen in all areas of our lives, including diet and exercise. Our lack of preparation actually creates the potholes that make us fall off the infamous diet wagon. You wouldn't go on vacation without packing a suitcase or take a road trip without filling up on gas. Your diet and workout plan shouldn't be any different. Plan your nutrition. Schedule your workouts. Make time to help yourself so you can improve yourself.
I challenge you to take the time to prepare for your health this week. Plan your gym schedule and include a "Plan B" for when life happens. Prep your meals the day before, pack your gym bag before bed, and intentionally prepare yourself for success. I promise your future self will be glad you did.