Where there is a uphill there is a downhill and vise versa right.
I guess you could say that my weekends are like that. I will be 100% honest right here & now. From Thursday night until Saturday night, I pretty much forget about Weight Watchers and being on program. I know I touched on this in my post about my beer drinking on the weekends, but I’m not talking about the beer. I’m talking about letting the mentality of the “weekend” take over your brain.
I said before that I usually allow myself some leeway on the weekends and try to follow one bad decision with a good one (uphill, downhill) but sometimes it doesnt always happen like that. Sometimes I find myself making one bad decision followed by another one and the next thing you know it’s Sunday morning and I am feeling physically and mentally sick.
Of course, I most always get right back on plan on Sunday. I try to get an awesome work out in to help ease the guilt some and of course, burn some of the thousands and thousands of calories that I’ve put on. Then I usually spend the next couple of days before my Weight Watcher meeting, aka, my judgment time with the scale, being as strict and careful as I can. Maybe I will even try to leave some points left over at the end of the day to try and help “even” out the weekend.
This is a bad habit people. I mean, I’m sure cocaine is worse, but this shit can creep up on you like the runs after a strong cup of coffee. The next thing you know, you are doing this *every* weekend.
When you sit down and really think about it, you (me) are spending almost almost 50% of your week trying to play “catch up”. So can you really call that week being successful?? If I have a loss on the scale that week, and believe me, I still do (and I know many of you hate me for that), can I still call that a good week?? I often say to myself, “Well I was really bad over the weekend, but I have done awesome these past 4 days so YAY me!”…do I give myself far too much credit there??
I am about *NOT* depriving yourself of the things that you enjoy and I am all about giving yourself that one day off. But when does one day become one weekend, and when does one weekend become every weekend??
So how do we stop this vicious circle?? How do we learn to just have our one day, or our one meal, people let me tell you this right here and now people, I am not giving it up! But I need to break a pattern. I want to be able to say and believe that I am at least 90% successful in my week. I don’t want to spend the rest of my week trying to undo the damage I did. Well, OK, Saturday morning burning off the Chinese food is acceptable, but you guys know what I mean.
I think the first step is trying to break the mindset. The mindset that I can “un-do” what I put into my body by the time I hit the scale. And to get out of the mind set that the only time my weight really matters is when I’m ON the scale at the meeting. This is a lifestyle, not a diet, so therefore I should be focusing on how I feel everyday, not just on Thursdays at the scale. I usually feel amazing on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s because I’ve been so good and have made healthy choices. I should feel somewhat close to that on Friday & Saturday’s too.
It’s really all about re-framing and that exactly what I need to do. I need to reframe my thinking about the weekends and I need to plan out and stick to a one meal or one day rule. I need to believe that I can still have fun without abusing my points during the three hardest days for me…Thursday night, Friday & Saturday.
I don't know what the scale will bring me tomorrow. Most likely I am feeling that it will not bring me my much desired 80 lb star, but I know that is no ones fault but my own. I again sit here on a Wednesday night and am careful not to eat anything heavy or salty for dinner, and I have even added in an extra workout, though it was a light one. My mother took me to Red Lobster today for lunch and I actually made good choices, where believe me, they could have been very, VERY bad. So I guess I have to look at those accomplishments instead.
What do you guys do to help stay on track over the weekend?? Do you do the same things I do?? Is it an every weekend occurrence like it has become for me??
How do we break the circle?!?!