Athlete Ambassadors – New Year's Resolutions
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
Keep your New Year Resolutions on track with some friendly advice from our very own Athlete Ambassadors. January and February we are featuring tips from our ELEVATED athletes.

Nicola Gildersleeve - Ultramarathon Runner

No matter what, whenever a new year is about to begin, we feel the need to make some resolutions. Wouldn't it be nice if we actually did everything we told ourselves to do throughout the year and never had any resolutions to make? Unfortunately for most (this includes me), this is not a reality and there are ALWAYS things we can do to make ourselves a little bit happier and healthier.

One of my own resolutions is to cook more at home. I really try hard to cook as much as possible but as athletes, we often find ourselves doing workouts that run late into the day. I am not always as prepared as I would like to be and I want to make an effort to have things premade so by the time we get home, we can be eating within 30 minutes. Of course, this takes a lot of planning and I just need to sit down at the beginning of the week and do it.

If your resolution in 2011 is to eat better, here are a few tips that can go a long way

  1. Sit down at the beginning of the week and plan out your meals. By doing this, you can do one big grocery shop at the start of the week and have everything on hand. Then your not rushing to the store last minute (like everyone else), waiting in lines, and not eating dinner until 8-9 pm, or ordering something in.
  2. On a weekend day, after you have done all your activities, cook some meals that you can leave in the freezer. Pull them out on weekdays when you know you are going to be tied up late at work or with training after hours.
  3. Cook in mass quantities. I used to half all my recipes because there were only 2 of us at the table. I finally smartened up and now I keep all the extras for leftovers. There's one meal I don't even have to think about!
  4. Make your lunch and snacks the night before. I always find myself rushing in the morning before work. Often, I don't leave enough time to make my lunch and will grab something out. If it's ready the night before, all I have to do is grab it out of the fridge and I am good to go. You can also try packing it while you are making dinner. If we have a salad with dinner, I just make it big and throw the rest of it in a container for lunch (with some left over chicken)!
  5. Keep extra snacks in your purse, car, desk drawer and anywhere else you find yourself starving in the afternoon. This prevents you from hitting up the vending machine or the corner store for something that will not be as nutritious. Elevate Me bars have saved me on more than a few handfuls of occasions!

Here is to a happy and healthy 2011.

Nicola Gildersleeve

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