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This has been the first weekend in a long time...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

that I've done well with food. Everything goes great during the week, and then the weekend gets here and I lose all sense of reality. It's a never ending cycle... do well all week, eat whatever on the weekend, and then try to get back into the swing of things come Monday. I have to say that it's been a losing battle lately.

I'm always re-evaluating goals and trying to decide what I want to do, and where I want to go, and how I'm going to get there... again, it's just one more thing that's never ending and something I've always struggled with. Never knowing what I really want... This week, things have started to change a bit for me and I've started feeling a little better about all of it. Baby steps... sad to say at this point that I'm back to basics but, that's where I'm at.

Camping is something I REALLY enjoy. I love being unplugged, being out in the woods with my family and sharing all of those experiences. Swimming, hiking, hayrides, fishing, all of it. But the weekend also comes with a LOT of food! Big breakfasts, grilled sandwiches, chips and snacks, full dinners, and the smore's... there's always smore's. Oh, AND the ice cream place we found that's just 1/2 mile down the road from the campground!

During the week, everything is planned, and we don't keep a lot of junky stuff at the house, so there's not a lot to snack on. When the weekend comes, look out, it's all at my fingertips. Bags of chips, granola bars that are supposed to be for the kids, not to mention the cooler of beer.

I go through cycles where I do REALLY well, and then I let everything go to hell... food exercise, all of it... happens all the time. Sooo, once a gain, time to get motivated. I have multiple races coming up, including the Dirty Girl. And just this morning, I got a text from a friend telling me that THIS year, I have to do the Turkey Trot in 30 minutes! Ugh!!!

I'm proud to say I did really well this weekend. Instead of the big breakfasts of pancakes and bacon, I had an apple and greek yogurt. Instead of having 2 grilled sandwiches and a never ending bag chips, I had one sandwich and a small handful of chips. At dinner, I measured out my food, and didn't take seconds. There were NO snacks or ice cream, only ONE beer, and ONE s'more! I'd call that a success!

The other thing, is that camp makes me really lazy... I think it's all the quiet. I can finally be calm and not have a million things going on in my head. I also went for a 2 1/2 mile hike/jog type thing... I really don't know how else to describe it. Being in the woods, well, you're in the woods so you're hiking. But on the flat, "road type" surfaces, I jogged.

I feel really good about the weekend I've just had, I've planned meals for the week, and I feel like this is the start of something good!
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    Yup, those weekends'll get you if you don't watch out.
    I have a four day weekend and I spend more of it than I like in th ekitchen where all the food is. I don't have unhealthy foods in the house, but it is all delicious.
    I see you plan your food for the week, so what about planning for the weekend?
    I have breakfast and pack my lunch in a lunch taker in the fridge, or take it to the garden with me. Then at lunchtime I grab it and eat, just as if I was at work. No lingering in the firidge and pantry. It's been working well so far.
    1766 days ago
  • KLONG8
    You were amazing on this weekend. You thought it through and decided to make better decisions. I need to follow in your footsteps!
    1766 days ago
    I know I'm a little late with catching up with blogs... :)

    Great job on recognize where you are struggling and making changes to reign it in!!! I like to have structure and the weekends have a little less for me and can cause me to get off track too! Thanks for the reminder and doing such an awesome job!
    1769 days ago
    I get it. My whole summer is hard because it's so unstructured for me, not working. During the school year I pack my breakfast and lunch to eat at work, so it's all I have to eat, so it's fine. It's so tough choosing right thing when you have all this yummy stuff right in front of you! Good for you making good decisions! emoticon
    1789 days ago
    I REALLY struggle with weekends. I have a lot more structure on weekdays, a lot more control, and a lot less access to junk. The weekends roll around and I just lose it. I also can hardly ever bring myself to exercise on weekends unless it is like a hike or a swim at the pool. So your healthy eating weekend with a jog sounds like such GOOD behavior to me - you rocked it!

    I am also a little embarrassed to admit that I have never been camping. Eeek. How do you sleep?! lol. But everyone says it is so relaxing and calming. I will take your word for it!

    Anyways, I think it great that you made it through the weekend and it is great that you re-evaluate your situation and goals every so often. Smarty!
    1789 days ago
    Good for you! I sure bounce around myself.
    1789 days ago
    I think we all do this from time to time. I've been on vacation, and my weight is up. I didn't eat horribly all the time, but there were times I could have eaten less or something better. It's hard to find balance. I just want to eat what everyone else eats. I even worked out some on vacation and we spent tons of time walking, and my weight is still up a few. Oh well. I know I'll get it off again, but it's discouraging. I bet you'll do awesome on your races. I keep getting sick, so it's throwing off my workouts.
    1790 days ago
    I'm definitely not as good on the weekends either, but I have still made it work for me so far. I just know that the first couple of days of the week, I'm going to make up for it with my meals and with my workouts. I have one "cheat" meal each Saturday night. My husband and I go out to eat, and I eat unlike I do all week long. Granted, it is nothing like even a regular meal was for me before this journey as I don't get an appetizer or dessert and I usually choose the healthy side, but I will get a small steak or shrimp alfredo (YUM!) or some other delectable dish. It gives me something to look forward to all week and still satisfies that craving.
    1792 days ago
    Glad you did so well this weekend. I need to do the same I have the same problem, Not too bad during the week then all hell breaks lose on the weekend. I need to reign that in too. Awesome Job Holly!!!
    1792 days ago
    This cycle is exactly what has left me so disenchanted with the whole struggle. Work so hard all week then eat and drink whatever all weekend and not lose weight or even gain a pound or 2. Now I am back to a place I never imagined I would ever see again and I know I have to knock off the weekend nonsense. You did very well. Proud of you!
    1793 days ago
    :) we are ever changing that is for sure.. even when you have done most of the work.. there is more .. that is what I am learning from all you inspirational women.. Glad you are here and working it HOLLY .. so we can learn with and from you !!

    Thanks for sharing and your honesty..

    1795 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I'm an outdoorsy person too... and gotta love the smores! Well done with the food choices!

    1796 days ago
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    It sounds like you did great. Way to keep on track even when you are away from home.
    1796 days ago
    Nice work!!! I always have a hard time with weekends too. My discipline slides out the window and cocktails slide down my throat. I always regret it when I get on the scale on Monday. I used to avoid the scale all weekend which allowed me to be less accountable. Now, I weigh on Sat and Sun because it helps me mentally keep on track. Don't beat yourself up - you did great this weekend!
    1796 days ago
    Sounds like you had a GREAT weekend!! I can relate to your off weekends. But I think those are needed once in a while.

    We went camping last weekend and I totally expected to come back with a huge weight gain and I lost 8 pounds last week. Yeah, WEIRD!

    Back on track momma! Turkey trot made me LOL! Even woke the dog..... emoticon
    1796 days ago
  • CMGREY14
    I feel like I'm reading about myself. Weekends are so difficult for me. I am heading camping this weekend and will be thinking of you to keep myself on track!
    1796 days ago
    way to go doing great
    1796 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Holly, I so agree with most of the previous posts that you REALLY DID do well. You help me alot to realize that I am not the ONLY one that still struggles with staying on track. But that I YOUNG person like you does, helps me tremendously. Look below this blog to the next one that you wrote, "3 Years and Counting"...voted popular blog post. You didn't get to 3 years by being a failure. You are such an inspiration to so many of us and I respect you so much that you can blog about it.

    Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration to so many emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Sounds like a great weekend!! One Smore, one beer & a handful of chips all weekend is a success!!! I love camping too and it's hard to stay fully on track. You did emoticon
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  • KELLY19770
    Sounds like a fun and on-track weekend. Win-Win!
    1796 days ago
    I hear you on the weekend cycles. I just can't seem to break it. I think you did REALLY well for being on a camping trip and trying to relax! I often associate/confuse RELAX with EAT haha.
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  • BRADMILL2922
    I know, there isn't an official "blog of the day" but IMHO, this would be it! I couldn't help but read this with a smile on my face! Sounds like a great weekend all the way around! I know you needed it and I am glad you got it. Good for you Holly in being so good on diet and exercise! Weekends can be really difficult, especially away from home but you did great. Proud of you!!!!
    1796 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon I need to get back to basics with you!! emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Yeah you! It is all about the baby steps & consistency. Keep up the great work!
    1797 days ago
    Way to go, Holly! So happy for you!

    1797 days ago
    That's awesome Holly. I love it when moderation feels good. When it is balanced and you FEEL balanced and not deprived or guilty.
    1797 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like You are getting back on Track. This is Awesome. You are doing Great. Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day and Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1797 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/23/2013 9:33:45 PM
    Good for you Holly, as far as giving it another start! It doesn't matter how many times we have to start, it just matters if we start or not! This is a lifetime journey, so we know that we'll be struggling for air sometimes more than others. And just the fact that we want to keep doing what we know works, is really emoticon I know that I want to do that. What a good feeling it is to see the scale go down once again and our clothes feeling a little more loose! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
    emoticon for you!!! Getting started on a change is the hardest part for me. Once I get the hang of the change, I am able to do it more easily, without fighting myself. You made great strides this weekend and maybe for next weekend, just to make it interesting, you can take along a snack you CAN have but usually don't and keep it all for you for the weekend. Just a thought. Have a great week and keep going. You are on track.

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    Good for you!!! One day at a time, sometimes one step at a time!
    1797 days ago
    I thinks it's always going to be a balancing act for me, with on again off again times. Just trying to make most of them on again!
    Sounds like you've found a good compromise.
    1797 days ago
    We camp too! I understand the food issues but I have to tell you, you rocked it. Really one handful of chips. I could never do that!! Jogging instead of walking....win! The other thing I want to say is that as Americans we struggle with relaxing and confuse that with lazy. It's critial for good health to relax our bodies so it can recharge. So kick the guilt to the curb and camp as often as possible. emoticon
    1797 days ago
    That does sound like an excellent success! One handful of chips *is* a success!

    Oh, and I struggle as well when delicious carby foods are at my fingertips. Blah! But I love the get-away feeling of camping, too. Next trip can you not pack chips? And camping makes me lazy as well. Good luck and stay strong on your next weekend and camping trip! You are worth eating healthy, remember that. And the healthy eating will nourish the body to help it run faster :)
    1797 days ago
    Holy going on jog and hike is Not being lazy. Yes you relax at camp it you still exercise. Plus the relaxing time rejuvenated your mental state to charge full speed ahead to continue your journey. Very proud of you and can't wait to hear details of runs and Dirty Girl event. Just doing it MAKES YOU A WINNER. Love us mom emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Way to go!! That is a huge accomplishment. I always fall apart on the weekends as well.
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    just goes to show how our "weaknesses" are so very strong in our lives.

    I'm sure you are doing well, it's a lifelong journey and we make new paths as we find out more about ourselves.

    Enjoy the camping while the weather is good
    1797 days ago
    I'm with you my friend! When we go camping all of my good intentions go out the window. Thankfully we only go a couple of times per year so it's not every weekend but it sounds like you're doing GREAT this week! You are so right with the baby steps - every little success counts. Keep it up!
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    I struggle with weekends too. It definitely sounds like the camping was a success! One s'more? Girl, that is great!! And awesome job on the trail run!
    1797 days ago
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