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AMANDAROX Posts: 304
12/10/12 1:40 P

Definitely plan when you're going to workout and what you're going to eat. Ask one of your friends to join you :)

STODD251 Posts: 754
12/10/12 12:54 P

I do best when I try to plan my weekends. Planning always seems to be the key to success. Talk to your friends ahead of time, have some idea of when you're going to go out and plan for it. Schedule some time for exercise, maybe even try to find something active that you can do with your friends.

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12/10/12 10:23 A

I did read that article, but it seems so general. I know what I *should* do, it's a matter of finding a way to do it. It would be great to hear more specifically about how people work through weekends- maybe I could co-opt or adapt what they're doing.

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12/10/12 10:20 A

Very helpful. I especially like the Sunday night omelet idea! I suppose what I need to do is on Thursdays, look ahead to the weekend, and write down what I know I'll be doing, and then find times to exercise. And then stick to that timeline. The eating is harder. I do things to help myself, such as if I'm going to a restaurant, I'll look at the menu ahead of time so that I already know what I'll order and don't have to make a spur of the minute, hungry tummy decision. But some of the problem is having more unstructured time at home... The fridge beckons...

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
12/10/12 8:48 A

This article might help --

10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend
How to Stay on Track 7 Days a Week

Coach Tanya

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/10/12 8:41 A

What is working for me is that I have a M-F routine which includes the gym, tracking food, etc; and then on the weekends, I don't go to the gym but I find other things to make "routine" - for example here the farmers' market is every Saturday, so by going to that first thing on Saturday, not only am I fully stocked up with fresh produce, but it gives me a sense of routine at an otherwise rudderless time. I don't try to force myself to go to the gym on the weekend, instead I tell myself that those are my rest days and I need rest days as part of my program. As far as eating goes, we very often eat at my in laws' on Sundays for lunch, often enough that it's pretty "routine" - they know that I am very careful about what I eat, and I also plan to have a very light dinner on Sundays to make up for whatever damage that lunch did.

I guess my advice is try to find routine where there is none -- even if you can't find anything that you routinely do every F/Sat/Sun now, try to establish some routine for those days, even if it's just something as simple as "Sunday nights are omelette nights" where you know that you're finishing up the weekend with a super light meal.

In short, have a workweek routine and a weekend routine, even if it's not AS strict as your workweek routine.

I have found that when I have a routine, I do very well; when I do not have a routine, I fall off track rapidly and sometimes for a long time. So for me establishing some aspects of routine for the weekends has been essential.

I think I used the word "routine" 500 times in this post!!

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 12/10/2012 (08:43)
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12/10/12 8:21 A

I do a really great job of staying motivated Monday through Thursday. I'm on a regular schedule, pack my lunches, track my food, and make time to exercise. I do great! Then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday roll around. My schedule isn't predictable, I'm eating out with friends, I get busy, I'm tired from playing catch-up and my exercise slips, and it feels like all my great progress for that week goes kerplunk.

What do you do to stay motivated through the weekend? Tips? Thoughts? What has worked for you?

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