This article was written by Leta Shy and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.
Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the Australian activewear line Lorna Jane, has a confession: While she may seem like she lives the perfect healthy lifestyle, she struggles just as much as the next person to stay in shape every day. So how does she live a life filled with nonstop good-for-you choices? By making them the easy choice. “I am human like everybody else, so I really have to put all of these things in place to make it easy on myself,” she said during a recent trip to the U.S. to celebrate the opening of her Active Living Room in San Diego. Lorna shared with us what makes her stay healthy, no matter how hectic the day. Trust us, you’ll want to try these out yourself!
Lay Workout Clothes By Your Bed
It’s genius! You’ll have your outfit already planned out as soon as you wake up. Lorna makes sure she does this so she can’t talk herself out of her morning workout. “I have to do the walk of shame if I get up and I don’t exercise,” she says.
Become a Snacker
Peek inside Lorna’s purse, and you’re bound to find a multitude of healthy snacks so she’s not “tempted to eat something naughty,” she says. One of her favorite ways to fuel up: making a big batch of “energy balls” that she can throw in her freezer for a pick-me-up throughout the week. “It takes about a minute and a half to defrost them,” says Lorna, “and when you put them in the freezer, you’re not tempted to eat them all at once.” Ourprotein-ball recipes will help start your own healthy snacking habit.
Prep Your Meals
If it’s fast, healthy, and homemade, Lorna’s on board. To make sure she stays on track, she sets aside time on the weekend to do a whole lot of food prep. Aside from making DIY smoothie freezer packs, she also poaches chicken, cuts and precooks veggies, and makes homemade salad dressing (check out our healthy salad dressing recipes here). Then, throughout the week, it’s a matter of just throwing things together for a healthy, satisfying meal. “I just try to make things easy,” she says.
Keep a List of Restaurants with Healthy Options
“I always have a backup plan,” says Lorna. While eating at home is the best way to eat healthier and cut calories, having a go-to healthy restaurant ensures you’re not tempted to just order greasy takeout when life gets busy.
Always Have Your Goals in Sight
Sure, saved calories (and lost pounds) are nice, but they shouldn’t be the only things motivating you to make better choices. “It’s a whole mindset—your mind is so powerful,” she says. “It’s not about calories and putting on weight. It’s about giving your body the energy it needs to do amazing things every single day.”