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Surviving the Weekend

Don't Let Weekend Mishaps Ruin Your Weekday Efforts
  -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer
How often do you keep your healthy habits during the weekdays, and spend your entire weekend falling off the wagon? Somehow it's easier to eat veggies, fruits, and whole grains during the workweek, but seemingly impossible to pass up chips, desserts, and beer after 6pm on Friday! Weekends often bring all-day indulging, and relaxing (a.k.a. sedentary) activities like watching TV—and that’s true for most Americans. On average, we consume an extra 345 calories per day every weekend, which can add up to an extra 5 pounds per year!

Take heart—there are things you can do to ward off the weekend woes, even as you make Saturdays and Sundays a relaxing departure from your workday world. Though your schedule may vary widely, dictated by social outings, household chores, and Little League practice, you can master the shift with a bit of thought and creativity.

First of all, recognize that weekends are a common problem for most of us striving to maintain fitness. Next, diagnose the major pitfalls of your own weekends: Do you make bad food choices? Eat too much? Hibernate instead of hitting the gym? By examining what throws you off course, you can institute some strategies that will get you back on track. For starters, try these tips:<pagebreak>
You don't have to regret the weekend—or start over every Monday morning. By adopting strategies that work for your life, you can relax and once again enjoy the weekend. So, next time your co-workers tell you to "Have a good weekend"…you will!