In the summer of 1998, our county was on fire. We had three fires burning out of control and the county decided that all 35,000 residents must evacuate. We only had three roads out of the county. One was a major interstate, one was a U.S. highway, and the third was a two lanestate road. The interstate quickly turned into a parking lot as people jammed the road trying to obey the evacuation order. The other two roads soon closed because the fire crossed over both of them. It was a real nightmare for everyone involved.
After several days, the fires were finally controlled and we were allowed back into the county. Over the next couple of years, the county began to implement a plan for evacuation so that we would not have the same kinds of traffic problems the next time an evacuation order was necessary. We learned the hard way what can happen when you don’t have a plan for dealing with evacuations.
Sometimes a failure to plan causes problems for me in my personal life as well, especially where meal planning is concerned. When I don’t have a plan in place, I find that when life gets a little out of control and I don’t have anything made for supper, I head for the drive-through and end up eating something really unhealthy. I find that I handle these situations much better if I have a meal plan in place. The plan doesn’t have to be a complicated one. Sometimes I just make a list of five or six meals that I can prepare quickly and easily and then make sure I have the ingredients for them around the house. When time allows, I make a few freezer meals ahead and keep them for the days when everything goes wrong.
It would be wonderful to be the kind of person who sits down with a calendar and writes out a weekly menu and a meal plan and grocery list, but I have never quite attained that lofty goal. I have learned though that planning is essential for success and I hope that my simple suggestions for eating healthier when things get hectic will help you on your journey toward weight loss and healthful eating.