I often hear people sharing their frustration over weekend weight gain. I used to love the weekends. I looked forward to them all week, not only because we usually didn’t have to work, but also because I knew there would be plenty of fabulous opportunities for eating.
Saturday morning trips to the donut store were a regular event for me. After all, the kids loved donuts didn’t they? What I never told my husband was that although I came home with six donuts – I bought twelve donuts! That’s right, on the way home from the donut shop I would eat one donut after another until there were only six left. I couldn’t seem to help myself, as those donuts were just so fluffy, sugary, and soft. I wonder now if the store employee thought it was strange I didn’t want the donuts in one big box, but rather in two bags.
Saturday afternoons brought the possibility for birthday cake or a run through the drive thru restaurant after an exhausting trip to the grocery store or mall. Pizza was often on the menu for Saturday night, and I could eat an entire pizza, one slice at a time. Sundays weren’t much better with a pantry full of newly purchased food, an unplanned lunch date with friends after church, and the weekly Sunday night “Let’s eat up because we are going to start dieting tomorrow” food fest.
I know I’m not the only one who feels that weekends can be fraught with temptations. I wanted to share with you some strategies to help you avoid the tendency to give up on your diet on the weekend. Some of these suggestions came from my Fit to the Finish Facebook page, where I asked for suggestions on this very issue.
These are some of the strategies I used when I lost all my weight years ago, and what I still do today. After all, weekends keep coming around rather you are dieting or not!
Knowledge – You know what activities the upcoming weekend holds. Write down what you hope to get accomplished over the weekend or what places you will be visiting. You probably also know what food temptations you may be faced with during each event or activity.
Planning– As you review your list and think about what food will be involved, plan for success. If you are taking one of your kids to a birthday party, plan on eating something healthy before you go, so you won’t be tempted to have a huge piece of cake, some candy from the bowl, and half your child’s goody bag in the car on the way home. (Not that I ever did that of course)
If you know you will be running errands all afternoon, grab a few healthy snacks like apples, a few nuts and maybe a protein bar to remind you that you have other choices than Chick-Fil-A or Cinnabon. If going to dinner at a friend’s house, offer to bring some healthy food.
Choosing – Every opportunity you have to choose the right food is an opportunity to move your weight management quest along in the right direction. If you choose unhealthy, high fat foods all weekend, then instead of taking a step forward towards your goals, you may have taken a step back.
It all boils down to choice. It’s not always easy or fun to make the right choice, but in the long run it is worth it
Remember, just because you make one poor choice doesn’t mean the whole weekend is a loss. Get right back on your game! So as you start your weekend, begin with the commitment to make good, healthy choices.
What is your best tip for healthy weekend eating? Diane