Weekend Problem #3
Your weekends are spent taking care of others' needs. This could be an ailing relative, your
kids, or your spouse. Are you prioritizing what they need/want to eat more than
what you know you need?
This one can
be tricky. When at all possible choose a restaurant where you can get order something healthy even if the others aren’t on board with your food choices. Stash
nutritious snacks in your car and in your purse or bag so you're never left with an excuse.
One of my favorite tips is to keep a shoe box in my car filled with my snacks so I can see what I have quickly and easily, and it also prevents them from getting all crushed and icky.
If you’re packing for kids, be sure to throw in a few healthy snacks that you like, in case you end up wanting to munch with them.
Weekend Problem #4
There's a lot of drinking going on. We all know that alcohol impairs your ability to make wise food choices. In addition, going out with friends can lead to later bed times which we already discussed is a problem.
Take care to always eat when you drink. That will help mitigate the spiral effect of making bad choices. Look for foods high in protein but not super high in calories, such as shrimp cocktail or tuna tartare. Tapas bars with veggie plates can be a good option. Make an effort to order healthy but still special foods so you don’t feel deprived. When at all possible turn in as close to your normal bedtime as you can (2 hours off from usual is a good goal). Managing your drinking is one of the most powerful ways to avoid weekend fitness sabotage there is.
Weekend Problem #5
You think the weekend should be all fun and games. If you have the attitude that you take the weekends off from exercise - fine, but what should you do if you missed days during the week? You really should use the weekends to make that missed workout up.
If you normally work out alone during the week due to time constraints and it bores you, consider making the effort to show up to a group class, or make a plan with a friend to walk, jog or hike.
And if a formal workout seems like too much, realize that any movement is better than none – just start forming the habit! Wake up, put your workout clothes on first thing and do 10 minutes of stretching or ab exercises. Gradually add tidbits of exercise into your weekend to help break the mindset that weekends are for slothlike behavior.
I hope you learned something new in this article that will help you avoid the dreaded weekend fitness sabotage! The effort is well worth it - I find with my clients, success often begins and ends with how their weekends go.
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