As a girl who loves structure, staying on track with workouts and healthy eating during the week is no problem. But the weekends? That’s a whole different ball game. Between family lunches, birthdays, going out with friends, the list of excuses is never ending. Just one drink here or one extra piece of cake there can really add up. If you think about it, the weekend accounts for 3 out of 7 days of a week! And that my friends, can have a HUGE effect on your progress. During my MANY attempts at my weight loss journey, I’ve been the girl who fell off track every single weekend and that in return made my weeks then fall off track and I was back to bad eating again. I have learned to find a happy balance between the two and I am going to share my top three tips for staying on track during the weekend in hopes that you too can find that balance.
Maybe this is just the planner in me coming out, but going into the weekend with a plan is a great way to stay on track. If you know you’re going to be going to birthday parties, or since Summer is coming … TONS of bbqs, plan your meals leading up to the event around the food that is going to be there. For example, if you’re going to a family bbq one night have a breakfast and lunch that are higher in protein and lower in carbs and fats. When the time comes to eat at these gatherings, fill your plate with proteins first. Then you can fill in with smaller portions of the other yummy sides. Eating healthy doesn’t mean depriving yourself. If you’re going to make a lifestyle change, it needs to fit in with your lifestyle. This tip, along with the following two, will help you do just that.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely:
I am not a big drinker like I used to be, but when I do drink my biggest downfall is forgetting that drinks have huge calories as well! You know how it goes, one drink turns into five which turns into a plate full of nachos. Lol Now I’m not telling you to stay at home and never go out, because I did that too and it wasn’t fun, but choose your drinks carefully. If you’re going out with friends opt for a vodka water or vodka and a low calorie soda or flavored water. A night out with friends doesn’t have to mean consuming 2,000 calories in a four hour window. Enjoy your night and hey, dancing burns calories right?!
Offer to Bring A Healthy Dish:
Whether you’ve been invited to three birthday parties or you’re watching the big game with friends, these events can often lead to endless amounts of food and drinks. If you’re anything like me, when given an array of food, it’s just hard to say no. One thing I have found that helps me in these situations is to bring my own healthy version of a favorite dish. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of grabbing a bag full of popcorn and mindlessly stuffing your face. But again, opt to bring a healthy treat instead. Whats wrong with a nice fruit or veggie tray or even a veggie dish? This way you’ll be still eating and enjoying yourself while not derailing the progress you’ve made during the week. Pinterest is an AMAZING place to go for healthy options!
Your weekends don’t have to be a crash and burn. You can still attend all the birthday parties, all the bbqs and all the nights out with friends without derailing the progress you made during the week by following these simple tips. Take it from a girl who’s been on both ends of the spectrum, never miss out on an event with family or friends, because those memories are far too important.