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Jekyll & Hyde Weekends

Monday, February 06, 2017

I don't understand what happens to me on weekends. Okay, no, maybe I do. I can take a guess at least.

I spend a lot of energy during the week "being good"... I force myself out of bed. I do workouts. I make myself park far away and walk further. I research recipes, cook food, pack lunches and snacks. I watch coworkers go out to eat. I watch them share a pack of cookies. I go home and drink more water, not a glass of wine. Then the weekend comes and my willpower is gone. Friends want to go out, family wants to eat out for birthday celebrations, I decide I can have a drink or two. Next thing I know I'm like man I ate a bunch of doritos and had three beers for Superbowl Dinner. Then I hate myself. Then I start being good for five more days in a row again.

This has been my problem for YEARS. Even the first time I started Spark and actually lost weight. Here I am about a month solid into workouts and making an effort and I'm still about where I started. I swear it is these weekends killing me. It is like the 5/7 days mean nothing. It is a bummer. I don't want to give EVERYTHING up. I will go insane. So why is balance so hard? I really do feel like I go full Jekyll and Hyde on the weekends, like everything I am Monday-Friday flips on itself like a crazy person. Blahhhhh.

I got some of my test results back from all my doctors visits. I have a followup next week to get more info but some of them were a bit concerning. Made a few changes per the nurse before I go back but I'm still curious to see if there are a root causes for it. More to come I suppose. But today is definitely one of those days where I can barely keep my eyes open. I went on a nice walk at lunch and will be doing it again after work (hello 60 degrees in February!) but I still would love nothing more than to crawl into bed right now. Sigh.

Anyways, just needed to vent a bit about my weekend problems. Hopefully now that the "birthday celebrations" are winding down I won't feel as pressured to eat out 6 times over a weekend. That will be a good start, I hope! Trying to keep this ball rolling even if I'm not seeing any results. Maybe it will all fall into place eventually? Again - one can only hope. And keep trying!
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    I had a friend who subscribed to the ideal of if she was good 6 days of the week she got a cheat day! She lost weight and kept it off even with having multiple babies! She was also a gym rat though... She would just compensate either with other meals that day or throughout the week or by kicking up a workout that day!

    So many schools of thought on losing weight. You just have to find the one that is right for you!
    1108 days ago
    Maybe you could plan the splurges better. Keep the calories minimal during the work week, like at the bottom of your range. Spend the weekend being super active, to create even more of a caloric deficit. And then you might come out closer to even at the end of the weekend splurge?

    Don't know what else to say. (I'm kind of an all or nothing person, so either I'm sticking to the program, or just not.)
    1108 days ago
    What I'm seeing is that you "force" yourself get out of bed. You "make" yourself park far away. You watch other people do the things you think you want to do, as if it is a punishment. You want the results, but the process sounds like torture. The results will come easy if you learn to love the PROCESS. :)
    1109 days ago
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    Oh girl, the struggle is REAL. Mines not only weekends but just days off in general. I don't want to eat a meal planned lunch on my day off and its even harder not to just snack & graze since i'm not at work & occupied. I also don't think that you should beat yourself up over weekends either though. If you think about if you were to treat yourself throughout the week too but still stay on workouts & eating healthy it would still add up to what you eat on the weekends right? your body doesn't know the difference so its not worth beating yourself up.It's all about creating a deficit, making sure you're eating enough protein & drinking tonnes of water. Because of my personal trainer I no longer drink. In order to feel included when I go out I will order a perrier or carbonated water & I even opt for those when I go to house parties too.Just try not to think of it at deprivation, you're making lifestyle choices and changes that are only going to benefit you!!

    1109 days ago
    I used to get derailed by weekends too and it still happens. What helps me is keeping busy. You're good through the week because you have a routine and routines are easy to follow. But then again, if your weekends are busy with eating out with friends/family that doesn't help you.

    Maybe make a list of usual restaurants and "safe" meals to order?
    1109 days ago
    I'm glad you're looking toward more balance. The idea of feeling deprived all week necessitates the opposite on the weekend.
    1109 days ago
    I TOTALLY can empathize! Here's to a good week ahead - and into the weekend! emoticon
    1109 days ago
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