All Is Not Lost

After reading Tips for a Healthy Weekend, concerning our tendency to consume more on weekends, you’ve been conscious of what you’re eating and drinking.

You’ve done well this Saturday: yogurt, a whole oat bagel with lite cream cheese and a grapefruit for breakfast, a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese, fresh veggies and dip and pretzels for lunch, plus a couple cookies for dessert. You’re feeling pretty good about your eating when your husband suggests you and he go to that great Bar-B-Q place for dinner.

“Sure,” you tell him, “That sounds fun.”

The menu offers salads and other healthier fare – though in all the times you’ve eaten at the restaurant, you’ve never ordered anything besides the Buffalo wings, the Bar-B-Q chicken or the fried catfish fingers. This time you think you’ll try a big salad or a grilled chicken sandwich maybe.

You and he start getting hungry a bit after 5 p.m., but the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is being run at 5:30 p.m. so you decide to wait to leave until after the race. As it turns out, coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins at 5:30 p.m. but the actual race doesn’t start until nearly 7 p.m.

Finally, after the race, you head to dinner. By this time you’ve lost all resolve to order the salad, and when the waitress takes your order, you ask for one of your less-than-healthy stand-bys: That chicken is so good, and you’re so hungry. You rationalize that you’ve eaten well the entire day so far, and you’ll end up taking half the meal home with you anyway, so it’s not such a big deal. Besides, you lifted weights this morning.

Your meal arrives and you eat to the point of satisfaction and pack up the rest in a doggy box. Your husband slips the credit card into the bill book, and suggests Dairy Queen for dessert.

“Sure,” you tell him, “That sounds fun.”

The Saturday described above is one I, myself experienced. Sunday morning I woke up feeling disappointed in myself and a little bloated. Did I say, “To hell with it all; the weekend’s a wash,” and plop down to watch Meet the Press with a couple cinnamon rolls slathered in butter—with a hot chocolate topper?


I thought to myself, “Going to DQ last night was stupid, but today is a new day.” I didn’t dwell on it any more than that. Then I went upstairs and sweated to the toughest fitness video I own.

The moral of the story is – Don’t let one night of gluttony, one weekend of debauchery, a vacation of unwholesome habits, consume your thoughts and defeat you. Reinstate your healthy lifestyle ASAP. All is not lost.

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Member Comments

all so very true Report
Agreed- We will all have those days and sometimes is is worth it just to get it out of our systems. Just get back on the wagon! Report
I liked this article as I have unfortunately had "lost" weekends like this. Report
Thanks Report
I had one of those days yesterday. Today, Monday, is a new day. Report
Great article following a lost weekend Report
I'm needing this this weekend. Doing best to stay on plan Report
Fall down seven times, stand up eight! Report
It sounds like you need a backup meal in the freezer for surprises like that, rather than going out when you're famished. Make some extra casserole or something and freeze part of it to heat up for emergencies like this! Or have some healthy convenience food on hand, that other people have made. Sometimes you just should stay in! Report
Every morning is another chance to get it right! Report
We all stumble at some time. Fall down seven times, stand up eight! Report
That has happened to me before but the older I get my habits have been so much better. Thank G-d!! So far this year has gone very smoothly no booboos & I feel good about my choices!! Report
Good article Report
The lyrics of an old '60's song said "but that was yesterday and yesterday's gone". This is the attitude we need to adopt with respect to slips and stumbles. Report
So so so true. While losing weight I would have a blow out meal and then get right back on track. My weight loss was on the slow side, and that was ok. Now in maintenance I'm more relaxed and still go off rails sometimes when it comes to healthy choices. For me there are no inherently good or bad foods so no guilt. I weigh myself a couple of times a week and stay within a 4 pound range. Life has to be lived and have a big meal once in a while is part of life. Like the author I don't let it get me off track for the rest of the day, weekend, or week. Report


About The Author

Elizabeth Evans Fryer
Elizabeth Evans Fryer
Elizabeth is a freelance writer specializing in fitness topics. Through her writing, she hopes to move others to be as excited as she is about staying healthy.