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Weekends are my NEMESIS!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

During the week, I'm generally very disciplined. My meals are planned and structured so that I stick with my healthy, plant-based eating plan. I exercise regularly. I get plenty of sleep.

And then the weekend comes and spoils all of the love and care I put into my body during the week. Ok, it's not really the weekend that does it. It's the person that I become on the weekends. My mindset totally changes. Friday night hits and I start giving myself permission to do all sorts of bad things to my body. It starts on Friday night with "I worked hard all week and I don't feel like cooking" which then ends up in take-out food or going out to eat at a restaurant. Restaurant choices usually consist of non plant-based foods, fatty and fried foods, and of course, a couple of alcoholic beverages because "I worked hard this week and need a drink!" Mmm....there's nothing like an ice cold beer or a nice glass of red wine after a hard week at work! If I could just stop at the one drink, it would probably be fine, but I usually have a couple. Add those couple of drinks with an appetizer, entree, and sometimes dessert and all of those calories (not to mention the lack of vitamins and nutrients) erase all of the hard work and healthy eating that I've put in all week!
Then Saturday comes. Sometimes I try to get a run or a workout in because then I can tell myself "I worked out today, so I can eat what I want." It's football season right now, which means chips and salsa, drinking beer, and eating lots of other unhealthy snacks because that's what we do at our house when it's football season! We sit on the couch, drink beer, and eat snacks while we watch football all day!
Sunday: carbon copy Saturday. Because Saturday is college football day and Sunday is pro football day. Also, on Sunday we add pancakes for breakfast.
As I type this, I'm cringing inside. It's almost like I'm looking at myself from the outside and thinking "Who is this person? This is not ME at all."
So today I am resolving to become a different person on the weekends, to not let the weekends become my nemesis. It makes absolutely no sense to be healthy 4 days out of the week, only to erase all of the benefits with 3 days of treating my body like trash.
I have a game plan:
As I do during the week, I will plan my meals for the weekend. I will get in my 64 ounces of water each day, and my 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables, and I will get in at least 30 minutes of exercise. I will limit the alcohol I drink, and when we do eat at a restaurant, I will stick with healthy choices. No fatty, fried crap! No non plant-based foods! Even if it means I have to eat a boring salad or a plain baked potato. I'm eating out to enjoy the company of my husband and/or friends, and that will be my main focus of the event instead of the food and drink.
I will have the same mindset on the weekends as I do during the week. I won't let me sabotage me. I will treat Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the same way as the other days of the week. How did these 3 days become so special, anyway? If anything, I should look at these days as more time to work out, more time to cook and eat healthy recipes, more time to rest and reboot.
I hope that I can blog on Monday about what a healthy weekend I had!
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement! It helps to know that I'm not the only one struggling with this. Kelly, I love your advise about asking myself why I decided to become vegan in the first place. It started out as a moral decision, but when I started realizing how healthy I was feeling, it has also become a health decision to eat this way! My motivation is to live a long and healthy life! Our oldest daughter is now 20, and our youngest is a senior, and so being a grandparent one day does not seem that far away and I want to be able to enjoy the years, not only with my husband and daughters, but with grandkids (and great-grandkids) too!
    I'm come so far, but I know that I still have obstacles to overcome, and the weekends are one of the obstacles that I have to conquer! And I know I can do it! I just have to keep reminding myself why I'm doing this!
    1434 days ago
    You aren't alone. I used to do this same thing. I would workout like crazy all week, just killing myself with workouts but my diet was all over the place. While I stayed vegan the choices weren't always great. For me, I had to go back to the reason I'm eating this way. Why did I originally decide to start eating vegan? Why do I want to be healthy? What are my goals? Are the foods I'm choosing in line with those goals?

    I'm a huge football person also and found that I can make healthy snacks and still enjoy the game. I love raw veggies and hummus because you can nosh on those all day without doing too much damage. As far as eating out, I'm still disappointed with most offerings. I have found now that eating before I go or bringing a handful of nuts or something will help. I keep in mind that I'm not there to nourish my body as much as my spirit with the company. I know that's a little woo woo but that's me these days.

    You can still enjoy all the usual activities with a few minor adjustments. We are all here to help and support you so feel free to ask for help when you need it.
    1434 days ago
  • KAT321123
    I can so relate to what you're saying!

    When the weekend comes around for me, I usually stick within my calorie range BUT most of my calories are junkier than during the week. Then there are the times that I have a few too many cocktails and get the booze munchies and stop making good decisions altogether.

    Good for you for choosing to refocus and to shift your weekend mindset to healthier choices! Hoping you inspire me to do the same =)
    1435 days ago
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