Whether it’s a cheat meal, a night out with your friends, or a week-long holiday, making healthier choices to stay on track can be difficult, and can often leave you feeling as though you’ve fallen off the wagon.
I wanted to take a look at a few ways on how to PREVENT getting to the stage where you feel like you have to start from square one because there is always a way to set yourself up so that you don’t feel like total crap when your party time is all finished.
1. Tell yourself about what is going to happen
Having the discussion with yourself about the fact you know you’re going to be indulging is important. I know it sounds silly, but it will help you be in the right mind space, so you’re already avoiding the feelings of guilt that sometimes come after treating yourself to a boozy/treat meal full weekend after being so good leading up to it.
If you tell yourself that you’re going to be going out and enjoying some beers, you know what’s happening. It will feel less like a slip-up because you were in control of the decision.
2. Look at all the options.
Be real. Look at the menu (whether it’s food or drink) and consider all your options. Enjoy that cocktail, but think about your entire evening. Sometimes gin & soda’s are as nice to your head in the morning as they are to your overall caloric intake (and wallet).
3. Plan your week ahead of time.
If you know you’re going to be smashing an entire domino’s to your face on a Friday night, take a look at your meals leading up to it and balance out your nutrition/caloric goals.
Pizza is one of my favourite things on this earth, so when I go for it, it’s a sort of go-big or go-home kind of ordeal. When it comes to a night like that for me, I usually cut my calories back a little each day, so I have more to spare for that one night. Try looking at your caloric intake goals as an overall weekly goal rather than day-to-day.
4. Understand there will be changes.
Let’s be realistic. Eating healthy five days a week and binging the other two is not a healthy or maintainable lifestyle. There, I said it. I know it’s tough to hear, but it’s the reality.
If you want to see real change in your weight or body composition, you will need to make some permanent changes. This does not mean that there’s no more fun, it just means there needs to be more of a consistent, solid balance. No amount of exercise can outweigh a crappy diet.
There are tons of ways to stay on track; it’s just about being organized and accountable to yourself.
Having a good support system around you helps too. People who understand your goals should understand when you make the choices you do on a night out when it comes to food or drink.
If you need more guidance, accountability or ideas on how to stay on track and keep a relatively-similar lifestyle, get in touch, we’re all happy to help!
~ Christine – True North Training