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10/1/10 11:15 A

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The problem has continued off and on. I spoke with my coach/counselor or perhaps just a friend at the YMCA. She reminded me that the reason I do so well during the week is that I've got myself pretty structured. I've got a handful of "routine" selections I make for breakfast and lunch and also when I'm dining out (a small burger, catsup only, & a diet cola.) Perhaps what I need to do is set up routines for the weekend or just stick with the same routine throughout.

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8/10/10 12:48 A

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I keep myself in check pretty much on the weekends. I fall off the wagon once or twice a week at lunch during the week a time or two.

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8/9/10 12:05 P

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I've now had 2 "successful" weekends in a row. Successful - in that I've pretty much stayed the same weight. "Successful" in that, though I've gotten the desired result, I wasn't within my plan.

That said: when I strayed, I strayed to healthy stuff (fruit) or a small amount of the not quite so healthy stuff (the salt in the one hot dog I ate took on a lot of water gain for me.)

Historically, I'd lose 3 pounds during the week and gain 2 over the weekend. I remind myself as I reach for the refrigerator door. It remains MY choice. Sometimes I choose the calories, but I make sure that's what I really want to do.

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8/7/10 7:39 A

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Thanks for all the great tips. I've never tried using the nutrition tracker to plan meals. I just use it to track what I have consumed. Do you guys use their meal plan or plan your own?

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been.


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8/6/10 11:34 A

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I agree with PEARCEC5. I log in early and plan my day so I know what is going down the hatch!

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8/6/10 9:14 A

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I think the biggest way to avoid terrible weekends is by logging into sparkpeople. If you plan out your meals for the day in the morning on sparkpeople, you are less likely to stray more than a 100 calories or so. Also, you might look into picking up a hobby that is more active to get yourself outside shooting hoops or running through your neighborhood. I usually run at least once and do alot of yard work to burn calories on the weekend

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7/28/10 10:06 A

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I have found that eating small snacks throughout the day has help limit my hunger so when I get home and have had dinner I stay satisfied and don't need more than water, Drinking beer on the weekends hasn't even been to bad but I think thats becouse I spent all last weekend working in the yard in 100+ temps so water was all I wanted.

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7/24/10 9:01 A

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After work eating/drinking is a hard habit to break. But that is what it is, a habit. Once you break it, it will get easier. If you just gotta have something, just include it in your calorie budget.

I like those mini bags of popcorn, only 100- 150 cals.

Bud 55 or MGD 64 are not to bad if you just gotta have a brew.

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7/20/10 9:08 A

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Hi Guys,
After a hard day I like nothing better than to grab a beverage and some snacks and plop down in front of the TV. I know I should find something else to do, but I'm tired! Any tips on alternatives to this self-destructive behaviour would be apprectiated! Thanks!

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been.


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HUSBANDANDDAD Posts: 205
7/18/10 9:48 A

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Doing a little better so far this weekend!

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7/15/10 5:39 P

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Living a healthy lifestyle is about making changes to your lifestyle that you can sustain for your whole life, not just until you get to that magic number on the scale. Find healthy alternatives that you like to replace some of those things that are unhealthy for you.

One thing that I feel has been key for me is that I maintain a well balanced diet. It leaves room for me to have a cookie, or a piece of candy every now and then.

It's over eating and going over in those areas that causes problems. If you plan them into your regular routine or leave yourself room so that you're not hurting your progress by consuming them, you'll be in much better shape when it comes to your plan.

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7/15/10 2:07 P

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That sounds so smart. In fact, and I would never recommend this, I pretty much take Sunday off. I have found that it makes everything easier, my success during the week supports not going bezerk on my "free" day, and I log the intake on my nutrition planner to avoid feeling as though I'm "hiding" my behavior. I'm sure it adds some time to reaching my goal but then for me the goal is a number not a date.

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7/15/10 10:55 A

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Hey guys-
I find that on the weekends, my meals are not as carefully planned as they are during the week. When I leave for work in the morning, I have everything I am going to eat until dinner neatly packed away in a bag. I have to make a conscious decision to go somewhere and buy something unhealthy if I want it.


I make dinner when I get home-which has been predetermined since the protein has already been set aside to thaw. After dinner, I am good until 8 or so when I am ready for a snack. I go to bed at 10. That leaves roughly a 2 hour window to sabotage my day if I want to. If I don't have crap laying around the house, I can't eat it. Again, I would have to make a conscious decision to go somewhere and get something that was bad for me.

On the weekends, if I am home all day, the fridge is there, begging me to graze. Boredom eating is more of an issue. Meals have not been packed up in a bag. I have to be sure to keep the poor choices out of the house. If we are running errands or out doing something, that opens the door to restaurant eating. We all know how easy it is to pick the chicken tenders over the grilled chicken salad....plus, a lot of places "grill" the chicken and "steam" their veggies with the help of a half stick of butter. This is where willpower is the most important. Ask your spouse or whoever to help you to make good decisions when eating out. If you are alone-avoid fast food like the plague. Go to Subway.

So, after that.....my advice is the same as any Boy Scout would give you: "Be Prepared". Plan ahead and keep healthy choices in the house. It is better to eat too many carrot sticks than it is to pound back a bag or Oreo cookies and a half gallon of ice cream!

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7/14/10 9:34 P

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Definitely happens to me sometimes...

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7/4/10 12:31 P

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Weekends are when my will is most weakend.
I've watched my patterns so that I'm more alert to the places I detour:
Friday night celebrations (Thank God Its Friday) offer the excuse of: "Hey! I've been good all week! Maybe this once..." I can keep that excuse alive all weekend and undo a week of progress.
Hospitality after church (Cookies and donuts and pies! Oh my!) is another vulnerable time.

Solutions anybody?
1. I dare myself to buck up and reward myself with something fit (walking the dog, an apple...)
2. I carry a 3x5 card with the reasons I'm changing my lifestyle, pull it out and say: what's changed? Is this detour worth it? (Let's face it, there will be times when it is.)
3. I try to anticipate and tell myself: it's only going to be worth it if _____ (something really special and hopefully, unlikely.)

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7/4/10 12:31 P

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Weekends are when my will is most weakend.
I've watched my patterns so that I'm more alert to the places I detour:
Friday night celebrations (Thank God Its Friday) offer the excuse of: "Hey! I've been good all week! Maybe this once..." I can keep that excuse alive all weekend and undo a week of progress.
Hospitality after church (Cookies and donuts and pies! Oh my!) is another vulnerable time.

Solutions anybody?
1. I dare myself to buck up and reward myself with something fit (walking the dog, an apple...)
2. I carry a 3x5 card with the reasons I'm changing my lifestyle, pull it out and say: what's changed? Is this detour worth it? (Let's face it, there will be times when it is.)
3. I try to anticipate and tell myself: it's only going to be worth it if _____ (something really special and hopefully, unlikely.)

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7/4/10 12:30 P

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Weekends are when my will is most weakend.
I've watched my patterns so that I'm more alert to the places I detour:
Friday night celebrations (Thank God Its Friday) offer the excuse of: "Hey! I've been good all week! Maybe this once..." I can keep that excuse alive all weekend and undo a week of progress.
Hospitality after church (Cookies and donuts and pies! Oh my!) is another vulnerable time.

Solutions anybody?
1. I dare myself to buck up and reward myself with something fit (walking the dog, an apple...)
2. I carry a 3x5 card with the reasons I'm changing my lifestyle, pull it out and say: what's changed? Is this detour worth it? (Let's face it, there will be times when it is.)
3. I try to anticipate and tell myself: it's only going to be worth it if _____ (something really special and hopefully, unlikely.)

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7/1/10 11:22 A

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For me, I seem to fall off of the wagon during the middle of the work week... Tuesday and Wednesday. Not sure why but I do... a bit.

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6/29/10 2:44 P

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thanks for the response!

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Platson ha some good points. Focus on your ultimate goal ofbeing healthy.
As far as some things you can do, you can plan, plan , and plan. Think about what you do on the weekend that prevents you from keeping on track. And work on trying to reel that in. I did the same stuff as well as many other guys. Once the weekend hits you are out of your routine. so you need to plan out some of you meals and exercise. It is still fine that you are not rigid. Like he said about not even being on the wagon.
You may also look at some of the mental aspect. Are you allowing yourself to go wild? That might be needed, or it might mean you need to loosen up a bit during the week.

Keep at it and you can work it out!
just give it time.

This above all: to thine ownself be true.
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6/28/10 10:13 P

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Thanks!

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6/28/10 10:05 P

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I get the feeling you just started and maybe you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing...I understand you completely.
First, it's too early to 'fall off the wagon' when you're barely on it in the first place.

Second, is FAST success really that important to you? how about just losing weight slowly vs. continuing to gain? would that be good enough for a bit until you're more comfortable with the whole process?

Think about your short term goals as well as your long term goals.

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6/28/10 9:16 P

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It seems like it is much easier for me at least to follow through with my goals Mon-Thurs then it is over the weekend. It seems like I eat more/exercise less on the weekends. Obviously I could reach my goals much faster if I could work on them 7 days a week vs 4. Does anyone else have the same problem if tracking food, eating appropriate calories during the week, and then overeating on weekends? thanks!

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