It’s Friday, playas! That means for the next 48-60ish hours most of us we’ll be enjoying some time away from the desk, cubicle, or classroom, and chillin’ out maxing, relaxin’, and maybe even shootin’ some bball outside of the school. (kudos to anyone who can name this reference.)
As movies like the Hangover and Weekend at Bernies have taught us, a lot can happen over the course of a couple days. Except in this case I’m not talking about shenanigans in Vegas, or a cover-up, I’m talking about de-railing off a fitness or nutrition plan. Sticking to a nutrition plan Monday – Friday comes a bit easier for most since you are on a set schedule with work and what not, but when the weekend rolls around and you have more liberty, it can be a bit trickier to stay consistent.
So to help you keep the momentum, especially for you LBC’ers, I’ve come up with 4 quick tips to get you prepared to help you lose even more fat this weekend. Now, I know that we all have lives. And that we are going to drink, have a good time and be merry. And I highly encourage to have those times that you indulge and just straight up enjoy life.
Howeeeeeeeeeverrrrrr…and yes, there’s usually always a flip side to this. If you have decided to take part in a nutrition plan, or challenge, then you must ask yourself:
“Is eating/drinking this worth it?”
You signed up for a challenge because on some level you wanted to be held accountable.
You wanted to see exactly what you can do, and you wanted to see results.
And the closer you stick to your guidelines, the better results you will see. Bottom line.
I’m not going to tell you “No, you can’t have that” because in the end what you put in your mind and in your body is your choice. Your health is your health.
But, if you want to maximize the time and money you’ve invested in following a plan and having the support of a coach, and if you want to see what kind of results you can get, then you need to ask yourself, how bad do I want it?
If you want it pretty fucking bad, then getting through the weekend will be a breeze. Its OK if you say “no” to having a dessert. You don’t have to drink every time you go out. Its OK to make these choices for yourself, if that is what you want.
Now granted, it will take some time for you to adjust and find the strength within you to take a stand for your health. And you know what, you will get there. It will get easier and easier every time you practice.
And to help you get to that point, and to help you stay on track with your plan over the weekend, here are 4 quick tips to losing more fat even on the weekend:
1. Be prepared.
If you know you have a social event coming up, plan accordingly. Plan mentally, plan physically, and plan emotionally. I find that most people feel that they have to eat, drink or indulge just because everyone else is.
Don’t forget, this is your journey and you have the right to make the best decisions for you. Be prepared by eating a good meal before you go out, and/or bring snacks. And don’t worry, there will be plenty more social events for you to go to in your life since you’re super-cool and people like you.
2. If you’re going out to eat, do some reconnaissance work first.
If you know that you’ll be going out to eat this weekend, try to find a higher quality restaurant (for higher quality foods) and scope out the menu before you go out. Most restaurants will have their menus online, so this should be a breeze.
Look at your choices and see if you can find options before you go out. Also, if you have dietary restrictions like gluten and dairy-free, call the restaurant ahead of time to let them know. I have always had success doing this, and find that the waitstaff can be super accommodating if you call in advance.
Also, if you get stuck with what to order, protein + veggies is always a good choice.
3. Go grocery shopping and stock up for Monday.
This is huge! Don’t wait until Sunday night to sit down and figure out what you need. Use the weekend to go grocery shopping, make extra meals (think leftovers and crockpots) and plan your week. Preparation is key.
4. Have fun!
This weekend, get out and do something fun, wild and exciting. Get your butt off the couch. Go to a movie with your honey, check out a museum, take a walk, visit a bookstore, walk around the city, bungee jump, ask someone for their number, try out a new recipe, or hug a tree.
Do something different. Be brave. Be bold. Start living your life like it was the last day you had.
Keep in mind that all of your past decisions, choices and lifestyle habits have all given you the body and life you currently have. If you want to change your life and your body, well, then you’ll need to change what you’re doing, what you’re eating, and what you’re thinking about.
Start by doing one thing outside of your box this weekend. It could even be as small as taking a different way home. Once you start to think differently, and start doing things outside of your typical routine, you’ll find that making healthier eating habits become easier too.
Now that you’ve read this, and feel jazzed up, here’s what to do next…
1. Leave a comment below by letting me know what your plans are for this weekend. I wanna know!
2. Include 1 bold and brave thing you are going to do this weekend to live it up. I’d love to hear your ideas.