Hi and welcome!
Your weekend "problem" is one that a lot of people have. And there are a lot of ways to "deal" with weekends. It's important to remember that one day does not define us! Going over calories one day a week will not kill you or cause you to gain 20 pounds. If you stay on track most days and go off one day you will still lose weight. It just might be slower then you want.
Things you can do to keep it reasonable would be to change the weekend habits to include something that involves more activity. For example, go for a hike or a bike ride to relax and burn calories. If you increase your calorie deficit then you have more leeway for the evenings!
Another option would be to bank a few calories each day for the weekend. For example, if your range is 1500 to 1800 calories a day and you eat 1500 calories a day then you could go over by a few hundred calories one evening and still be in range for the week.
Some people do a "Cheat" day, where they can eat what they want. Doesn't work for me, turns into cheat week, month, year .....
You could also change your alcoholic beverage to something lower in calories. Instead of a margarita have a rum and diet coke or a glass of white wine. Alternate a glass of water with each drink. Or skip the alcohol completely and enjoy the conversation.
You can also change the foods you munch on. If your at a restaurant order a main dish to share with your darling beloved and then split a dessert. Share appetizers with the table, do NOT order the Blooming Onion ...... Pick the healthiest options that you like.
If you are at some ones home and you bring food to share bring healthier options. This doesn't have to be carrot sticks. I saw a recipe on here today for bacon wrapped water chestnuts that looks really good. Look for lower calorie versions of things you like. I found a recipe for a lower calorie spinach artichoke dip that I'm going to make for a Super Bowl party.
Add an activity to the evening. Play games or go dancing.
If you really over do the calories on the weekend it will negate the work you have done all week and really slow down your weight loss. I really encourage you to track your intake on the weekends and see how what you eat and drink affect you. Don't try to save all your days calories for the night. You will be so hungry that you really go over! Maybe you can go over by X calories and still lose weight. Maybe 3 drinks is one drink too many along with whatever you did all week.
Something to think about...most of us were eating between 3000 and 5000 calories a day before we started trying to lose weight. We ate 500 calorie bagels and cream cheese or muffins for breakfast, a midmorning coffee break treat(200+ calories depending) fast food burgers and fries for lunch (1000 calories) 600 calorie lattes, an afternoon candy bar or bag of chips (300 calories) a soda or two, (200 to 500 calories) etc.
If you are 1500 calories a day you are already eating half of what you were eating before you started trying to be healthier. And it will make a difference.
| Pounds lost: 95.0