This is my second post in a series of online fitness coaching tips to overcome some of the most common obstacles to regular exercise and healthy nutrition.
Obstacle #2: “I do great all week. Then I blow my exercise and nutrition plan on the weekends.”
Does this sound familiar to anyone? We work hard all week long preparing healthy meals, getting our daily workout and staying away from sugary treats. Now here comes the weekend…family get-togethers, dinner out with friends, a holiday here, a special event there. Monday morning comes. We step on the scales while we peek through our hands. Then we cringe because those two pounds we worked so hard to lose last week are back again…and sometimes they bring a friend or two! Grrrrr! I’ve collected tips from the blogosphere at sites like Fitness Magazine, Mark’s Daily Apple, and Healthy Affordable Weight Loss. I have also added a few of my own to help you through the minefield of the weekend.
- Stop the all or nothing thinking that surrounds the weekend. Yes, you overate while you were out with your friends. That’s no excuse to wave the white flag and binge all weekend. Get back on track at the next meal. Get up and move around. You will feel better and burn off some of that overindulgence.
- Set a goal that 4 to 5 of the seven meals you eat from Friday evening to Sunday evening will be made at home with health in mind. For the other two or three…..
- Eat a healthy snack at home before you head out for any “eating outing”. That includes dinner out, holidays, weddings etc. If you are not starving when you finally get your food, you will make healthier choices and eat less. If you end up with big portions, take it home in a doggie bag for later.
- Plan ahead. You can find online menus for almost any restaurant you go to. Pick out a healthy menu option before you leave. It can be fun to research the place you are going to eat before you get there.
- Be the first to order. That way you won’t be negatively influenced by someone else’s meal choice. Plus if you go first, you could positively influence someone else!
- Don’t linger at the table after the meal. Suggest an after dinner walk or activity that doesn’t involve food. If you don’t have any control over when you leave, order a low cal drink and sip away.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. Alcohol lowers your blood sugar, which triggers eating. Alcohol contains empty calories. It also lowers your inhibitions. That will make it harder to say “no” to those tempting snacks and desserts present at your social activities.
- Build fun active-ities into your weekend. Not everything you do should revolve around sitting and eating. Hubby and I love to ballroom dance, so some weekends center around dance lessons, practices or dances. It’s fun, it’s social and it burns calories. You may not be a dancer, but find something else you love to do that gets you moving on the weekends.
With these nutrition and exercise tips plus a little practice, those extra pounds and their friends will stop dropping by your house on Monday morning. Do you have some tips that help you stick to your plan on the weekend? Comment below!