Ever have that feeling? Did you have it this weekend? I’m sure many of you went to at least one party and had your fill of burgers and booze only to wake up the next morning thinking, “why did I eat all that”?. And if it wasn’t this weekend (good for you, by the way!) then it was for sure some other time. Either when you came home from work feeling like you could eat your dog if it came down to it, but instead polished off 5 cookies, or when you went to dinner on Saturday night way too hungry for your own good and ended up eating the entire bread basket, 3 glasses of wine, your entire plate of pasta and a few bites of your friend’s, plus dessert. We’ve all had that feeling of wanting to just undo the entire thing and make like it never happened.
Well, I can’t do that for you, but what I can do is help you avoid it the next time. You can be a bit more relaxed on the weekends, but don’t let all the good habits you’ve been working on fly out the window. Here are 5 tips to help you the next time you’re looking at your dog and licking your lips.
1. Always stay one step ahead – Start your Saturday and Sunday mornings off with a workout (if weekends are your weakness then try to schedule your rest days during the week). This will help set you off on the right track and will be a little reminder to stay balanced.
2. There’s a little something called the Interweb, or Web Machine, or something like it – If you like to go out to eat on the weekends, but lose control when you get to the restaurant, take some time to plan ahead. Decide on where you’re going to eat beforehand and then look up their menu for the best options. This way, when you get to the restaurant you won’t even have to open the menu and be tempted to order something you’ll regret later. Plus, if they have a dessert you really like you can plan to make up for it either by your workout in the morning or by going a little lighter at breakfast and lunch.
3. Dear Diary – If food journaling helps you, make sure that you’re tracking everything you eat – even on the weekends and if you go overboard. Many people have the tendency to leave out foods that they’ve overeaten, because they don’t want to look at it again and be reminded of it, or they figure, “what’s the point of tracking it, I know I went over.” It’s important to write everything down, so that you can really see what you’re taking in and keep things in perspective. Maybe you can have that extra slice of pizza if you see that you haven’t actually eaten all that much. And on the other hand, maybe you’ll think twice about having it if you see that you’ve had more than enough that day too.
4. Stop loitering – Going to a party? Fill your plate up and then leave the food table. You don’t need to mingle around it with your friends like a swarm of flies. If you really want seconds then you can go for it, but first walk away. Make sure that you’re filling up on healthy foods first and then if you want the other yummies decide on how much you’re going to have and stick to it. It’s ok to have a little of the things that are really tempting you, but remember that you don’t want to fill up and then have the thought, “why did I just do that”?.
5. Don’t shop til you drop – Shopping can actually be a pretty good workout. You’re walking around, trying on clothes (working your way out of something that’s too small without ripping it, or even just getting it over your boobs can be a major arm and back workout!), carrying bags, and walking some more. Make sure that you carry a healthy snack, like a Kashi Crunchy bar or an apple and some nuts, so that you can nibble when you feel hungry and don’t end up sluggish and ravenous. You don’t want to be so hungry that you end up eating the first thing you see.
So, there you have it, my 5 tips for weekend survival. Good luck and remember that there’s a reason things are called “treats”. If you have them all the time they’re not treats anymore. You’ve worked hard on replacing your bad habits with healthy ones, so don’t let your weekends get out of hand and have them go to waste.