Darling Friday, you are finally here. I feel like this week has been particularly long. It’s been cold and cloudy here in Kansas, so I’m sure the mid-February winter blues aren’t helping at all.
I woke up on Tuesday of this week thinking it was Saturday and I would get to sleep in. I felt completely heartbroken when I realized it was only Tuesday and that rest and recovery would have to wait four more days. 12 years ago, weekends excited me because of parties and hanging out with friends; now I look forward to sleeping in and wearing comfy pants. This is 34, y’all. And to the large chunk of my peers that spend their weekend chasing kiddos: I’m sorry and I have no idea how you do it. One of the few times I feel grateful to be a single girl ;).
However, since I’ve begun my weight loss quest, I’ve found weekends to be hard on the food front. Because weekends make me want to eat all the delicious things. It’s much easier to avoid food when I’m busy at work, far away from my kitchen. So, I’ve had to come up with ways to stay on track.
Here are my 5 “F-Yeah it’s Friday” tips for staying on the diet train during the weekend:
- Focus on activities, not food. As I mentioned, I love relaxing on the weekends. But in order to keep my mind off of delicious snacks, I have found I need to keep my mind occupied. I plan walks, trips to the library, even what I’m going to watch on Hulu or Netflix. And I plan times for my meals too. This way I know exactly when I’m going to eat.
- Don’t let yourself get hangry. I also make sure I don’t starve myself. I keep healthy snacks around so I don’t starve myself and make sure I eat the right amount.
- Eat slowly and mindfully. When it’s food time, that’s all I focus on. I don’t watch TV while I’m eating. I slow down and concentrate on filling my body with food that will help me get healthier.
- Fruit and veggies are your friends. When I do venture out to a party or get-together, I focus on finding the healthy snacks. Fruit and veggies are often staples of parties (love me a good veggie tray) and I even carry healthy snacks in my purse, just in case
- Drink responsibly. I try to stick to water as much as I can. When I feel the urge to drink alcohol, a glass of light white wine (e.g. Riesling) is a great alternative to the sugary, mixed drinks I love.