It is easier to go grocery shopping when it doesn't snow. We seldom get snow in this part of the woods, but I woke up this morning to about an inch of the white. The very day I had planned on grocery shopping for all the food I need that I am out of. We usually get rain all winter here, so I guess we will forgo the shopping trip and try tomorrow.
I just started my journey and I believe that during the week it is harder for me than the weekends. On the weekends, I have someone to hold me accountable. During the week, at work, I do not have that.
Weekends are so much easier for me. When I am at work I tend to feel hungrier and there are too many temptations at work. Its hard to resist them all day. I will plan to bring healthy snacks with me to keep on hand next week.
current weight: 11.2 over
Fitness Minutes: (281)
1/16/18 1:33 A
I think that's a good point. I recognized it even as I re-read my entry. It seems the answer is to make my breakfast similar all days of the week. That would be easier. I just will need to find enough alternatives so I don't get bored of the menu (I am quite a picky eater). :)
Weekends are my Achilles tendons: they've the feeling of special day/vacation and it's easier to eat out or cook something special rather than stick to my meal plan (plus my family complain I'm always on a diet and they want to eat something tasty at least on the weekend).
I'm still in the phase of making my meal plan into an established habit during the week, so I'm sure that, given time, I'll think of a weekend strategy that will agree with my family as well. I'm taking this one step at a time.
Weekends are easier for me. I'm home, for the most part, and not tempted by the goodies (chai latte...) at the cafe where I work. If I want treats, I have to get in my car and drive about 3 miles to go get anything. That's often enough to keep me at home and on plan.
247 Maintenance Weeks
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1/14/18 10:21 A
Weekdays are definitely easier for me. I have some stressors that are taking a toll on me right now and I want to eat to feel better! LOL, I KNOW that doesn't work in the long run and I am not giving in. I am learning from this though.
current weight: 181.0
Fitness Minutes: (64,026)
1/14/18 5:50 A
I think excuses are very valuable because they are a list of the things that you need to find practical solutions for. You say you like fiber one and yogurt on weekdays for grab and go, but on weekends when you don't have to be grab and go it's not appealing. What that says to me is that you need to find a more involved breakfast that has a similar calorie and nutrient breakdown for weekends. Quiche lorraine might be a great option (and if you make up a large quiche over the weekend you can have a slice instead on weekdays as well). Or what about fruit salad with the protein of your choice (beans, ham, tofu, chicken)?
So don't look at it as x is hard, look at it like you need to find a solution for the situation.
Definitely during the week - my days are more predictable, and so it's easier to plan meals.
However, I've discovered I can track 6 days a week, and just not worry about tracking on Sunday (typically my most difficult day to track because of family and other commitments), and still stay on course. So that's what works for me - I try to treat Saturday like a "work" day - scheduled meals and workouts, even if the rest of my family is sleeping in and having brunch at 10am.
It works because my husband likes making waffles for our kids, and I have a standing habit of going for a run at a local forest preserve (which isn't an option during the week because they aren't open before I have to be at work), then hitting up Starbucks for breakfast (mmm, bacon gouda sandwich and hot cocoa...), then doing my grocery shopping before the stores get crazy (Meijer) or run out of good produce (Aldi).
Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.
current weight: 216.8
Fitness Minutes: (197,203)
1/11/18 2:27 P
Easier during the workdays, because they are more structured, and my habits gain energy from each other. Weekends I have time to get bored and to have ideas to eat things not on my plan, definitely harder.
Goal weight: 58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds CET (Europe, Hungary)
Maintenance Lessons Learned: -go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase -just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing -work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood -do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work -avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings
357 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (27,770)
1,169 1/9/18 9:45 P
During the week I eat the same breakfast and lunch every day, which makes it really easy to track, ,and I know ahead of time how many calories I have available for dinner. On the weekend I tend to eat a bigger breakfast and then another meal in the late afternoon instead of three meals, but unless I am going out for a meal I don't really struggle to stay in my range. The day I struggle with is Wednesday. I go to a pub quiz every week, and even though I budget for some snacks and a drink, it is very hard not to grab an extra handful of nuts or some fries off the table, or order another drink when my friends are ordering.
Lauren Sri Lanka
If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin
Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann
July Minutes: 0
Fitness Minutes: (281)
1/9/18 9:37 P
That is a fact! It is easier to fall back into bad habits. I've been able to stay well within my calorie-intake, just need to incorporate activity. I've been home sick for the past 3 days. Glad my tummy is cooperating today - ready to get back to work and on track :)
Pounds lost: 67.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,724)
124 1/9/18 11:13 A
I agree, must commit to it not being a temporary diet but a lifestyle change. I have aligned my same food plan the last time I lost 40 lbs. On the weekends I still stay in the calorie range, this weekend I had chicken breast wraps, so lean protein and veggies. It's just that during the week I have a FibreOne bar and yogurt for breakfast, I don't seem to be inclined to do those on the weekend. I'll have to get on board completely though, if I want to see bigger changes. :)
I found it easier to stick to the plan during the week because I had no time to eat. But when I took the weekends 'off' the diet, I could easily undo all the progress I had made during the week. I had to keep telling myself, it's a lifestyle change, not a temporary 'diet'
Sheryl, New Jersey EST, SUMMER 5% Challenge-KITCHEN CHAMPIONS
No difference for me. I choose to treat every day the same.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
I agree that it's easier during the week as I have my work schedule.
I have, however, come to the realization that I have to be more consistent 24/7/365. I typically eat towards the upper end of my calorie range as I work out consistently and work an active part-time job.
I stay within my range because I eat a lot of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. I have to be careful as even one small cookie or a cupcake or some treat I think I deserve but don't need can really blow the weight loss.
Edited by: MLAN613 at: 1/8/2018 (06:10)
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
July Minutes: 2,573
Fitness Minutes: (281)
1/8/18 2:52 A
stick to your food guidelines/goals during the week, or over the weekend (day off versus work day for those who work different schedules)? For the most part, I find it way easier during the week - work days - than when I'm off. How about you?