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8/26/17 11:28 A

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One way to consume less calories at special events is to pass up the items that you already eat regularly, like mashed potatoes or potato chips. Just focus on what you don't often get to eat, and add in some healthy items to make the meal more balanced. Also, just get one plateful! That's really the easiest way to not go overboard. If you want desert, just get one and have it on the plate at the start, if that's possible. If they cut the cake later, then leave room on your plate, as if you did put the cake on the plate. It will really rein in your calories if you eat like this.

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8/26/17 11:23 A

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8/23/17 6:13 P

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You are absolutely right. I always do well during the week in the summer. Currently 2 lbs over goal. I exercise 5 days a week.

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8/23/17 5:33 P

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Weekends are a bit more difficult to handle as you do not have the structure of weekdays.



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8/23/17 2:13 P

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You sound like me i think it's so hard to lose weight in the summer.
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8/10/17 10:27 A

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Yes it is! Especially with my family all they want is junk food!

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8/10/17 10:14 A

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I hear you! It's good advice to try to eat at home or bring healthy foods...but, sometimes I just don't want to do that and I want to indulge and enjoy my life a bit :) To limit the fallout from those choices (which I regularly make on the weekend), I do three things:

1) I exercise more. I do my regular gym routine, but then I also add in something more. For instance, last weekend, I was meeting friends for dinner and drinks on the weekend, so in the morning, I dragged my husband on a 2.5 hour walk :)

2) I still track everything. It hurts to see the number sometimes, but it keeps me honest and I know how much of a deficit I need to make up with exercise or elsewhere during the week. It also helps me from really over indulging.

3) If it's a bbq or a dinner out or something like that, I keep the rest of the day's calories low and high in nutrients to make up for the junk. So I'll eat higher protein and fiber-filled foods, because I know restaurant/junk food isn't actually going to give me very much nutrition.

I've been successful with this strategy, still losing every week since I started this in June, while also semi-regularly indulging when out with friends/family.



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8/10/17 9:55 A

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I'm in the same boat - especially in summer. Like FUNLOVINGGAL1, we also go to a camper most weekends, and I find cocktails lead to snacks and me dropping all pretense of staying on track. I have a party to attend Fri, and my plan is to eat something healthy before leaving (party is all apps), plan a couple light cocktails into my calorie count that day, and bring a healthy app to share

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8/4/17 8:56 P

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If I'm going to a place where my pigging out is likely, thenI eat at home first. When I am not hungry It's pretty easy for me to pass up things. Also I'm pretty fussy about quality so there's a lot of "party" food that I can easily pass up. My weakness are cheesecake, regular potato chips - don't dare to take a single one, and ice cream which is seldom available.

I also always have a club soda with lime in my hands - it keeps them engaged so they don't force ( ;-) ) me to nibble.

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8/2/17 6:58 P

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I always bring a veggie tray and load up on the veggies.



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8/2/17 1:48 A

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A "soft rule" that helps me at potlucks: if I have a recipe at home for it, I usually pass it by. Example: my mom's potato salad is MY favorite....so its fairly easy to tell myself that I can choose something else and make the potato salad next week instead of eating the store bought one on the table.... If its a potluck, I usually bring something in the 'healthy' category--meats I am willing to eat; or fresh veggies; etc. Start with those, and sample the rest....

And by following the general "plate rule" of 1/2 veggies (and/or fruit), 1/4 carbs, and 1/4 protein...you can reign in the calories pretty well.

Plan to eat something healthy before...so you don't arrive hungry and ready to eat "anything" you can get. Have a big glass of water as your first drink choice too!
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8/1/17 8:35 P

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If they happen every weekend, they aren't special events. Which means you need to come up with a plan of action that includes them as a given, just like you would the cafeteria food or vending machine at work. So accept that you have different situations to work out solutions to on the weekend. One option that you could try is to save 100 cals or so each weekday so that you have another 500 cals to work with on the weekend. So if your ranges were 1200-1550 you would keep to 1200-1450 on the weekdays and then you could go up to 1800 on both weekend days or 2050 one day. Another option would be to eat in your loss ranges during the weekdays and at your maintenance ranges on the weekend. If you were set up to lose 1 lb per week that would mean losing 5/7 lb per week instead. If that slower loss works for you, it works for you. You could also guess what is going to be available at these events beforehand and plan in what you want the most. Yes, you're not going to be 100% accurate every time, but you have a general idea of what will be offered at each kind of event. So figure out what you want the most and then work out the rest of what you need to eat at the event based on reserving the calories for what you want the most. Also work on your list of lower calorie staples to eat the rest of the day. So find a lower cal vegetable soup or something else veggie heavy that you like to eat and work that in more often around these events. You still want to be full and eating something that you enjoy, you just want to have some calorie room for the other things you will eat as well.

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7/31/17 7:13 P

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Summer events can really add up. I try to stay away from food tables and offer to bring something healthy. I also offer to help out if the hosts need extra hands. It keeps my mind off the food. This doesn't work for bbq because the lovely bbq smell is irresistible. I just plan my food for the day around the event and do my best. It will be snowing soon enough. Enjoy summer.

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7/31/17 2:22 P

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The struggle is very real. Lol. I feel like I make no head way

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7/31/17 1:01 P

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I am with you. The week days are great when I am at home. We go to our trailer on the weekends and I lose control.

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7/31/17 10:20 A

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Hello All

I'm very new to Spark people and I am really enjoying all the tips, motivation & insight

I find myself staying on track really well during the week but finding difficulty on the weekends. Especially during the summer with all the reunions, weddings, BBQ S, parties. Etc. any words of wisdom on how to maintain some self control during the weekends. Lol

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