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February 2, 2005
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"To be prepared is half the victory."
   Miguel Cervantes

Many have asked why this particular lifestyle worked for me when so many other attempts to lose weight did not.

I think the simple answer is that I took time to prepare for my success.  In all the time I was dieting I never thought about cooking ahead and having meals ready. What inevitably would happen is I would be stuck in a situation and not prepared and good intentions were thrown to the wind.

 At 6:30 the other morning I got a call that a nurse was needed to work in a school and I was asked if I could be there in one hour.  I own a nursing agency that deals with nursing services for schools.  There I was not showered and had just woken up. The school was a thirty minute drive so that gave me a half hour to eat breakfast, shower, and gather up the food I would need for the day.  Fortunately I was prepared having spent the day before cooking and prepackaging my meals.  I was able to go to the refrigerator and get what I needed and have it packed to go within three mins.  If I hadn't had it prepared I would not have had time to cook chicken veggies and rice and make it to work on time, never mind finding an on plan morning snack and afternoon snack. 

I can't stress enough how important having food ready to go has been to my success.  It is well worth setting aside a couple of hours on a weekend day just for this task.

I am prepared are you?