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All Is Not Lost

The Story of Overcoming Nutrition Mistakes

-- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer
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After reading Tips for a Healthy Weekend, concerning our tendency to consume more on weekends, you’ve been conscious of what you’re eating and drinking.

You’ve done well this Saturday: yogurt, a whole oat bagel with lite cream cheese and a grapefruit for breakfast, a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese, fresh veggies and dip and pretzels for lunch, plus a couple cookies for dessert. You’re feeling pretty good about your eating when your husband suggests you and he go to that great Bar-B-Q place for dinner.

“Sure,” you tell him, “That sounds fun.”

The menu offers salads and other healthier fare – though in all the times you’ve eaten at the restaurant, you’ve never ordered anything besides the Buffalo wings, the Bar-B-Q chicken or the fried catfish fingers. This time you think you’ll try a big salad or a grilled chicken sandwich maybe.

You and he start getting hungry a bit after 5 p.m., but the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is being run at 5:30 p.m. so you decide to wait to leave until after the race. As it turns out, coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins at 5:30 p.m. but the actual race doesn’t start until nearly 7 p.m.

Finally, after the race, you head to dinner. By this time you’ve lost all resolve to order the salad, and when the waitress takes your order, you ask for one of your less-than-healthy stand-bys: That chicken is so good, and you’re so hungry. You rationalize that you’ve eaten well the entire day so far, and you’ll end up taking half the meal home with you anyway, so it’s not such a big deal. Besides, you lifted weights this morning. Continued ›

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Elizabeth Evans Fryer Elizabeth Evans Fryer
Elizabeth is a freelance writer specializing in fitness topics. Through her writing, she hopes to move others to be as excited as she is about staying healthy.

Member Comments

  • AMEN!! - 7/6/2014 11:45:16 PM
  • May I suggest that the day did NOT start off well, much less finish well? A breakfast of yogurt, bagel and lite cream cheese, and a grapefruit is 2 meals worth of food and a full lunch topped off with 2 cookies? Breakfast and lunch as described is realistically 1000+ calories, close to the 1200-1550 calories that should be eaten per day if trying to lose weight. But the message to get back up and try again is a good one and well taken. - 10/24/2013 12:47:04 PM
  • Yep...I am mostly on my game but sometimes we eat things that maybe aren't so great for us. So what. As long as we consider these treats and we don't make these treats an every day occurrence, then it is okay. I know that there are some people who can't indulge in certain foods without the risk of falling into a binge but for me, the occasional treat is what makes this LIFESTYLE change doable. - 10/5/2013 3:34:33 PM
  • Two questions: Is this the only "off" day you had all week? Then congrats, you made healthy choices 99 percent of the time. The fact that you didn't eat the whole dinner but only ate until satisfied and took the rest home was A HEALTHY CHOICE.
    Is this new lifestyle about denying yourself from all food pleasures forevermore? Then you're bound to fail. This is not a black and white, all or nothing issue. It's about moderation and giving yourself the freedom to enjoy a night out every now and again and not feel guilty about it, but enjoy it for what it is. - 10/5/2013 1:55:02 PM
  • Good article. I seems to eat a little more on friday night but get up on daturday and start a new day. - 5/25/2013 11:23:52 AM
  • Wow, that is how I feel. since SP, if I overeat one day, I track and do not overeat the next day.. Before SP, if I overate one day, I would say, oh well, I may as well continue to overeat and the weight piles on. Thanks SP for all you do for us. - 2/18/2013 7:31:07 PM
  • Wow I really needed to read this. I have been having a tough week, between July 4th and 4 birthday celebrations in my family I thought going into this week I would be hopeless. BUT there are two days left! Tomorrow is a new day and I will not waste it by being in misery! - 7/5/2012 9:28:48 PM
  • Has Spark been spying on me and my husband?! This is so how our weekends go. Weekends really mess up my schedule and resolve. Plus, DH can eat anything and not gain weight. - 6/5/2012 9:57:41 AM
  • I can relate to this so much! I'm trying to pick myself up from a few days of overindulging, and the longer it takes, the harder it gets. But I will pick myself up. And the next time it happen's I will try to get back on the wagon a little sooner! - 2/17/2012 6:18:38 AM
  • Pretty much sums up my day. I'll take your advice and start a brand new healthy day tomorrow! - 9/24/2011 7:23:45 PM
  • What if this is your every weekend? That is my story ... little planning on weekends leads to just this scenario. And it isn't easy saying no. - 9/20/2011 11:15:03 AM
  • I am going on a road trip this weekend and I know that less than healthy options will be a part of the weekend. I am taking this into account ahead of time and eating in my lower calorie range this week. It doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes you have to make up for it after the fact. - 7/6/2011 11:54:12 AM
  • This is so me the weekends are hard and then I think I might as well just keep eating I
    already messed but I'm not going to think like that anymore I'm going to stop and just keep moving forward..Thanks!
    - 4/16/2011 1:59:43 PM
  • All thing's considered, this didn't sound all that much like a "night of gluttony, one weekend of debauchery, or a vacation of unwholesome habits!" I've seen worse! But, I do agree with ine thing. Move on and start over! - 3/27/2011 9:41:33 PM
  • this was my exact night yesterday night! feeling better and motivated already to pick myself back up and not throw in the towel, thank you! - 2/19/2011 8:59:13 AM