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Weekends are for (fill in the blank)

Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekends haven't always been easy when I've done Sparkpeople in the past because there was usually one weekend that broke my streak of counting calories. It would be followed by disappointment and a sense of failure. It also seemed too much to start again once the streak was broken that I would return with less motivation and less of a belief that I could successfully make past the weekend without not only breaking a streak of managing my caloric intake but that I would indulge to a point that I would gain back everything I lost.

This past weekend I did not count calories. This past weekend I did not watch my sugar intake. This past weekend I did log in each day. This past weekend I gained 1lbs. This past weekend I was, and I am okay.

I realize that for me I tend to set myself aside when I am guided by the expectations of others. I used to feel bad about that and it made me want to avoid those situations. Maybe for some that is the best way to handle their weekends, avoid the issues that cause you to break the streak, but for me it makes me feel worse.

For me, weekends are for living in the moment and being with those you care about. It isn't about counting calories, weighing myself or worrying about sugar. It is about trusting what I've already learned to guide me with where I am and to be okay with that.

It is about the gratitude I feel when someone shares the food they have made with me. It is about recognizing my own sense of fullness to guide my portions. It is about making better choices than I've made before. It is about finding other ways to spend time with those you care about outside of food. It is about taking in the beauty of this new location, or sitting and resting from the busyness of the week. It is about being okay with where you are and appreciating the weekend. It is about enjoying the fruits of our labors.

What are your weekends for?
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    Thanks for the encouragement Darcy-B, and the Erma Bombeck reference. It is nice to know when someone understands your struggles because the struggles are real. :)
    688 days ago
    I enjoy weekends with family. Weekends have always been difficult for me due to the whims of others and going along. I have been able to stay within my calorie range recently. I know exactly what your are talking about with feeling like a failure and having less motivation. I agree. Going over that calorie line will happen in life. I don't want to be so rigid that I refuse the ice cream my daughter bought me. I'd rather enjoy it with her. As Erma Bombeck said, "I won't get to Heaven and think, 'I wish I had eaten more cottage cheese.'"
    688 days ago
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