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1,868 12/30/11 1:02 P
I generally am successful as I have bought groceries specifically to do certain recipes for the week and fresh produce doesn't wait. But I do get lazy from time to time & DH gets me Wendy's.
Fitness Minutes: (21,073)
563 12/30/11 12:12 P
I'm rather boring. I stick to the same plan seven days a week. I really don't have "weekends".
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1 12/30/11 12:06 P
Sunday is my day to cook for the week. I make meals for lunch and dinner and put them in measured portions in the freezer. I cannot stomach those pre-packaged meals(Have you seen the sodium content?) Anyhow I'm pretty good in the cooking dept. My problem is menopausal weight and attendant fatigue. Any way back to the weekend thing. It's a good time to do smoothies and meal bars and a real nice home made meal for Sat eve and remember Sunday dinner? A good time to try some healthier recipes and get a head start on lunch for Mon & Tues. Junk Food is not allowed in my house but there are plenty of veggies and fruit and I keep sugar free hard candies . Clean the kitchen and put a "CLOSED" sign on the doorway to the entrance. Open only when you are going in to actually prepare something that is good for you. Keep baskets of healthy snacks on the table in the area where you watch to
I am disabled and so I have to create my own weekly and weekend schedules. The main difference I see is that I don't have PT, nor do I have planned workouts, on the weekends... but as for eating healthy, I have more than one chronic illness which are affected by my diet. I CANNOT afford to take off a day if I want to get anything done.
There are still days when I don't pay attention (and you're right, boredom is a big contributor to this!) but the payoff isn't just gaining weight, it's immediate pain, swelling, loss of function... and there can be long term effects as well that are MUCH worse than just the weight issues! Definitely great motivators for me to stick to my planned program! LOL
Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 12/30/2011 (07:40)
Fitness Minutes: (9,834)
83 12/29/11 10:09 P
Weekends are no harder for me than week days are. For me, I struggle wit portion control or eating the wrong foods only when im bored, regardless of the day. To counter this i keep mysel busy! On my days off I volunteer at the local animal shelter for a couple hours or take the dogs on a long walk.
Sticking to eating healthy on the weekend is not that difficult for me. It is the work week that is the problem. I do too much running around, and therefore catch myself overeating too many times. I tend to grab something after work between going to various lessons with the kids, and many times eat junk or too late. On the weekends, I have more time for thinking, weighing, and measuring. Weekends should last 5 days!
Fitness Minutes: (2,885)
31 12/29/11 8:22 A
this is definitely a problem area for me. i do really well mon-fri and then once the weekend hits i totally fall off track. i'm hoping to get better with this. usually when i work out on the weekends i eat a little bit better because i don't want to totally waste a good long run or hard workout. continuing to meal plan on the weekends is helpful. and do your best to make healthy meal choices when going out. if you splurge on a burger and fries, don't get dessert. or share a dessert with who ever you are dining with instead of order one for yourself and try to limit your alcohol intake. it's hard but every little bit will help. get plenty of rest and drink your 8 cups of water each day too!!!
One thing that really helps me is to weigh in on Mondays. This way I am always aware that on Monday I will be accountable for the entire last week. I actually find myself eating less calories on Thursday through Sunday because I know that Monday is D day or should I say W day. I also make sure that I have a Sunday treat planned in the form of a long luxurious shower using scented body wash, etc. Then on Monday I plan a special dinner with a few more calories.
The nachos and cheese at the movies is not the problem. It's everything else we eat on the same day. If I want to eat at the movies, I do not have a meal beforehand. I don't eat at the movies just because it's a habit. If I've had a meal and am not hungry, I don't get anything. But sometimes it's just plain fun to have popcorn (or whatever) as my lunch or dinner! It's not very often so it's not a problem.
I struggle with eating healthy on the weekends. My husband and I enjoy eating out of the weekend and I have a hard time giving up the nacho's and cheese at the movies. Looking forward to finding out what other sparkers are doing to eat healthy on weekends.
On weekends, I still try to concentrate on not overeating, no matter what I choose. (Actually, on my plan, I even allowed some overeating on the weekends as a safety valve for quite a long time. It has worked, but mostly I think because I stick to moderation quite strictly during the week. It has changed my appetite. I've gotten tired of being too full most of the time.) When I go out, I eat dense food portions that cover half of less of my plate and I eat them slowly. Then I avoid eating again until I am very hungry, even if it means going quite awhile without a meal. It's not a moral thing, or a weight loss thing: I've just gotten used to not wanting to feel too full and to get hungry for the next meal.
Judith Beck says she allows herself to eat about 25% more food on special occasions. I assume that would mean at only a couple of meals on the weekend. We're really learning how to eat forever. Only each one of us can determine what the right mix of dense foods and even refined foods with lighter ones will be. I just know that I am not going to eat "healthy" foods every time, so I've been learning to be happy with smaller amounts of rich foods a few times a week. But I eat many foods i enjoy every day, including good fats at every meal, so I don't feel I am suffering by doing this at all. It has taken a couple of years, but it has been worth the effort.
Fitness Minutes: (9,133)
718 12/28/11 12:17 P
Sometimes weekends are easier to deal with because I'm not around the candy and miscellaneous "goodies" that accumulate in the office - and because time away from work are less stressful. Other times weekends are a real challenge because of eating out - that olde "let's celebrate" mind set. It gets easier to focus as time goes by. When I first started my weight loss program, weekends were a killer because of social engagements/eating out. But by the time Christmas rolled around, I had a good background of "how-to" information garnered from articles and blogs here. For instance: scope out all food offerings before diving in - make your calories count; stand a distance from the buffet table, so it's not as tempting to overeat. Bottom line is that I try to eat mindfully, and pay attention to my moods. I also keep only healthy, whole foods at home. Good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (19,851)
586 12/28/11 9:57 A
I find this really tough! At work, I just don't bring unhealthy stuff so it's not there for me to get in to...however, on the weekend, I seem to live in the kitchen and it's really tough not to graze.....I try to eat my meal and then brush my teeth and get out of the kitchen.
At my work we are on mandatory 4/10s and this has really screwed-up my routine for both weekdays and weekends. Workdays when I get home I am absolutely beat. I can barely talk myself out of a nap, much less likley to be able to talk myself into household chores, working out, etc. Then on my 3 days off, there's ZERO routine and I spend 1st day just trying to recover and catch-up from the previous 4 days.
I need to kick my butt into a better plan, obviously. 8^(
It works best for me to have my official weigh in that I track first thing Monday morning. This way I hold myself accountable for any splurge over the weekend.
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51 12/27/11 10:39 P
Fitness Minutes: (148,298)
6,889 12/27/11 4:51 P
I'm with VADAVICTORIA's post. I see no difference in what you eat on the weekdays V.S. weekends. If you happen to eat out, there is no problem in not cleaning your plate if you remember that you can savor the left over meal the following day. Know when you've had enough and don't stuff yourself.
I'm still trying to figure this out. Keeping busy is usually good for me on weekdays, but on weekends it seems to make me eat less healthily. Maybe it's the weekend mindset or something. Best thing I've found so far is rigorously tracking every little thing I put in my mouth. That's still a major deterrent for me.
Make sure i get to eat something that is yummy on one day only.
Fitness Minutes: (570)
8 12/23/11 6:06 A
I work every weekend, so essentially it's the same as any other day, except my hours are longer than during the week. Since I get out of work early on Fridays I usually try to pre-cook my meals for the weekend. I am gone from 7A-7P every Saturday and Sunday and don't want to have to resort back to Fast Food, so I make sure I pack my breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Fitness Minutes: (26,744)
2,570 12/22/11 6:58 P
For me it's about planning my meals for the weekend and eating more fruits and veggies on the weekends because I am not burning off a lot of calories on the weekend because I am laying around.
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12 12/22/11 7:13 A
I like to "splurge" a little bit on the weekends. Which means I may have a beer with dinner or go out to eat. But, I treat anything I eat as "mileage". When I'm out running and burning off calories, I don't want a lot of extra calories to burn off. If you look at food as "fuel" it keeps you within your range.
Fitness Minutes: (9,097)
19 12/21/11 8:55 P
A lot of people think of weekends as "party time". Time to relax, let your hair down, sit in front of the TV and stuff your face. That's the reason behind this topic, in my opinion. However, our bodies don't know it's the weekend and these calories aren't supposed to count. Well, I work on the weekends and my days off are through the week, so that helps.
My suggestion is to use the extra time away from work to prepare healthy meals you can eat for the next week, such as using your crock pot cooker, or roasting some meat that you can pair with lightly steamed or raw vegetables or salad. Planning what you're going to eat before you eat it and limiting restaurant meals whether through the week or on the weekend is always helpful.
I agree with CALGAL....this time I am finding that I am always thinking about eating within my range. I also find that I this time around I think about adding extra exercise to my week if I know I have a party, or I am going out with my friends. Lastly, I remember to track EVERYTHING, even if I go over my range, at least I held myself accountable.
Fitness Minutes: (3,454)
44 12/21/11 2:51 P
I also struggle with this and, because I sleep in a bit on the weekend, I find I don't have time to fit in all the calories I usually do during the week days. I tend to have a "treat" meal on the weekend but what helps the most is planning my meals for the weekend, so I can adjust to different timing and being home instead of out.
Edited by: GAL843 at: 12/21/2011 (14:52)
Fitness Minutes: (96,566)
7,172 12/21/11 9:34 A
I'm retired so they are all weekends to me. I eat all things in moderation. bottom line!
This go round, I rarely think of eating differently. I've had to make changes for my health or face the serious consequences of diabetes and heart disease. Its no longer a question of gaining or losing...its a matter of my health. Thinking that has helped me tremendously in working towards this goal. For times when I may be hungrier? I nearly always have a pot of soup going. Unsalted chicken broth/stock with all the veggies I can. I sometimes use a chicken carcass to add some protein, but its very filling and helps add veggies.Herbs and spices are my new best friends. I'm a food-a-holic. For me it really is an addictive behavior. I'm having to learn new ways of coping with my issues which don't involve food.
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20 12/20/11 12:36 P
All good points. Number one is to avoid thinking you'll make up for anything by being extra good during the week. If you are going to splurge with a dinner or (gasp!) night of drinking, then make super healthy choices to counter-balance. Make sure you aren't keeping that good, healthy fuel-food from your body. And make sure you recognize the food event that you want to indulge in and put a finite beginning and end on it. Go right back to your normal routine. (All of which is the opposite of what I just did this weekend for our extended family Christmas celebration, so I am speaking from experience here!)
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23 12/20/11 11:45 A
People may think it's weird but eating before you eat is one of the greatest ways to preserve your healthy habits.
Fitness Minutes: (1,752)
23 12/20/11 11:42 A
Water and veggies! Eat before you go out so you will not be tempted to eat what you don't need.
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498 12/20/11 10:28 A
Do your best to have each meal and snack planned ahead, and stick to your plan. Start the day off well, get up and make exercise your first priority. Get it done to set the tone for the day, then you will be more inclined to stick to your preplanned meals. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, doing something you enjoy.
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107 12/20/11 8:10 A
Thanks partners for the tips on "Eating Healthy on the Weekend" there are many that can help with a successful goal. My thing is, at the age of 70, I meditate and walk 2 miles daily inorder to stay focused on where I come from and where I'm going to end-up. I strongly agree and I also recognize that eating is a "Lifestyle Tolerance".
I definitely find weekends harder. During the week I spend all day in front of a computer, which makes it easy to track. On the weekends, the last thing I want to do is look at a computer, so I'm less inclined to track what I'm eating...especially now that we're in the holiday season. My plan right now is to try and be extra good during the week and to be as good as I can during the weekends...and as long as I maintain my weight during the holidays I'll be happy
I love the calorie cycling idea so many posters have mentioned. My calorie range is 1200-1550, and my nutritionist told me to stick w/ 1300 calories a day w/ my medical condition. I am usually good with staying around 1300, but the weekends are torture for me!
I love my nutritionist, she has never steered me wrong, but I am contemplating the idea of eating closer to 1200-1250 Mon-Fri and trying out the 1550 a day on the weekends. I think this will help keep me in line, and knowing that I have more flex room on the weekends might just be what I need!!
Working out one or both days on the weekend helps me a lot. It reminds me of how hard I'm working, and that I don't want to "undo" all of that hard work. Weekends are definitely different because DH and I are much more likely to end up going out to eat, whether it's fast food because we're busy and on the run, or going to a sit-down restaurant for a change of pace. Eating out is no big deal; I generally order what I want, but really THINK about what it is I want, and don't add on extras. If we're at a sub shop, I try for something with a good portion of protein, and leave of the mayo, and the cheese or bacon, have water or unsweetened iced tea, and no chips or cookies or anything. If we go out to breakfast, I ask for fruit to be subbed for the hashbrowns, which most restaurants will do for free, or a few cents extra.
Keeping busy is really key. If you're doing things with your hands, you can't eat, and probably won't even think about eating until you're really hungry. Spend the time cleaning, gardening, or doing a hobby and you'll burn more calories than if you were in front of the computer or TV thinking about food!
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