Do you train hard, eat well Monday to Friday only for the weekend to cancel out your efforts or possibly even make things worse? Are you spending your Saturday morning conjuring up different excuses to get in all these treats that you don’t get to have during the week.
Well I’m here to tell you I’ve got just the thing to solve those weekend dilemmas, cue infomercial music. Don’t stick to diets, unrealistic exercise regimes or unsustainable eating/exercise patterns. Unless you want to come Monday feeling guilty, unmotivated, ashamed and possibly heavier than you were Friday. Life isn’t about eating super healthy Monday to Friday only to absolutely go wild on the weekend. What happens when you’re out with friends or family for a birthday, on a Tuesday heaven forbid, and you want a piece of the cake. Do you let it slide just the one time? Only to end up in an eating frenzy later. Or do you decline only to eat quadruple the amounts on the weekend because of the deprivation.
You know what I think about restriction and how it causes greater temptation. I have preached moderation and balance till the cows come home. But really, it’s the key. If you can change the way you see your healthy lifestyle from a Monday to Friday to a everyday for the rest of your life thing, the guilt associated with weekday ‘treats’ or indulgences will soon deflate. This isn’t something you’re keeping up for 5 days only to ruin for 2, but something you’re doing FOREVER. And unless you can go forever without deliciousness’ such as cakes/cookies/brownies/ice cream/fried food etc etc- whatever your pleasure, then you’re going to have to learn to incorporate it into your lifestyle. Maybe that turns out that you do end up eating majority of the not as good for you stuff on the weekend due to date nights, social events etc. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make allowances during the week or you go overboard on the weekend because you were crazy restrictive during the week.
But what if you’re someone who is trying to or has achieve(d) moderation and balance, but still fight the urge to go crazy on the weekends because- heck it’s the weekend and that means no work, more fun and less responsibility. I think I can safely say most of us have been there. You’re happy and you turn to food to celebrate. But there are other ways to let loose without your head in a bag of chips. And because you’re following this super realistic, sustainable and effective healthy lifestyle you can remind yourself that okay these brownies may be unbelievably good, possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten- but I don’t have to eat the rest of the container now…because I can..have one Tuesday, or Monday, or Wednesday or any other day- dare devil right? Or as my boyfriend cutely says when mocking me- oh how naughty!
Next time it’s Friday night, Saturday or Sunday and you’re tempted to go all out on the food- remind yourself, can you have it again another day? Is it necessary to eat until your feel sick, to go against your moderation values and to perhaps ignore your bodies signals? That’s right. Healthy eating and exercise is not a Monday to Friday thing- it’s a for life thing.
Good timing with it being Saturday morning right?
How have you fallen into the weekend trap? What do you do to make sure your weekends don’t ruin your healthy lifestyle?