Ahhh. The weekend. The time of every week that I spend all the other days counting down to. Glorious weekend.
However the weekend also leads to unexpected challenges in trying to maintain my goals. So in order to assist myself this weekend I thought I would brainstorm just a little bit on some of my top challenges and think of ways to overcome them.
Challenge #1 - Doing my Saturday Cardio.
I love to sleep in on Saturday just a little. Instead of getting up at 6-6:30AM I prefer to get up closer to 8AM. Then I relax a bit or immediately rush into running errands I couldn't finish during the week. Long story short I simply just skip the Cardio and put it off to Sunday. However, Sunday is my "rest" day. So of course I put it off again.
Solution - I am going to get up and do my Cardio first thing in the morning. The reality is the rest of the week I nearly always do my exercise first thing in the morning so it can't be forgotten or lost in the day. This should be a habit I carry over into my Weekend. I always feel great afterwards. I drink less coffee, have less back pain throughout the day, and overall just feel "ready". When I wake up in the morning I need to remind myself first thing of all the reasons why I enjoy working out in the morning to motivate myself to get up and get going.
Challenge #2 - Family/Friend Gatherings with Food
I married into an amazing family of cooks. Homemade breads, delicious appetizers, not to mention we all have a sweet tooth and love to snack away on just about anything. When we get together there can be temptations everywhere I turn saying "eat me eat me!". I'll find myself heaping on a third, fourth, sometimes even fifth plate. I'll admit it, I have stuffed myself to the point of misery. It's just too tempting.
Solution - I'll make sure to eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast and then showing up at someone's house for lunch has proven to never be a good idea. In addition to this prior to any food gatherings I will enjoy a hard boiled egg. The protein should help me to not feel like I'm starving and make the temptations easier to deal with. I'll also not go into it saying "I can't I can't", however saying "I can I can" and just give attention to portion sizes. Not depriving myself I think overall will make me more confident and keep me more motivated to not nose dive off the wagon.
Challenge #3 - Going Out To Eat at RESTAURANTS
Again, the temptation. Sure, I can order the salad, or I could go with the huge appetizer covered in cheese and then order far more than I could ever possibly eat and gorge. Oh... and desert. Not to mention when I go with other people who are not dieting the smell of their MacDonalds double Cheeseburgers and fries make my mouth water in comparison to whatever "healthier" choice I've tried to make.
Solution - I'm going to go online (after my cardio) and look up some restaurant options/meals and find things that will help me meet my nutritional goals while also being favorite or delicious things I enjoy. I will make a list and then ask my family to choose on of the restaurants off the list so that way I can walk into it knowing exactly what I want and that I'll enjoy it, and they can still order whatever their hearts desire as well. Win Win scenario.
So there I have it, all thought out and written out loud to help hold me accountable. Will check in tomorrow (after my cardio and restaurant planning) to update that I did what I planned to do!
Good luck to everyone else with all your goals and may the weekend be wonderful!