My brother got married this weekend! I still can’t believe it. He is my little brother so it’s especially weird. Isn’t he still like, 12? Turns out he’s not.
Anyway, it was a great weekend filled with family and food. What more could you want? Oh, and Arizona rain. It never rains in Arizona except the weekend my brother wants to get married outside.
I don’t know about you, but weekends can be a challenge diet-wise. Sometimes they’re pretty good, just like weekdays. But other times, they’re pretty terrible. Monday’s feel like dejavu: guilt looming over you about how many drinks you had this weekend, nachos you ate, or, in this case, wedding cake and candy tables.
On the one hand, if you are seriously trying to lose weight, or cut down on alcohol, or cut out sugar, weekends are hard because of social pressures. Can you imagine being at a wedding and not drinking? Oh the questions you’d get! Everyone there (if you’re female) would assume you’re pregnant. Once they found out you’re not though, you’d almost be the freak of the wedding. Why are you not drinking?! You’re making everyone else uncomfortable!
Not having support around you can be tough. The best advice I can give on the matter is to stay strong and think about the next day. Tomorrow will come and you will feel so good about yourself that you said no because you wanted to..whatever the reason. If losing weight is important to you, don’t let social guilt bring you down. You are strong enough and capable of taking care of yourself.
That was kind of a random rant. I just want to be clear and say that I had a different kind of guilt this weekend. I indulged because I’m not trying to lose weight. My problem though is feeling bad the next day. In my case, I try to remind myself that 1 weekend of indulgences is not going to ruin my life especially when it’s your brother’s wedding. I have to force myself to stop counting calories, stop thinking about the gym, and enjoy yourself. Live a little!
I love to workout and try to eat healthy but it can be too consuming sometimes. At the point where it interferes with your happiness is the point where you need to take a step back. It’s easier said than done though!
Do you feel guilty after weekend eats? How do you approach it?
I just make sure to weigh myself every morning. That way you never lose control. Sometimes it’s really hard to step on the scale after a really crazy weekend of eating and drinking. But, actually, sometimes you’re surprised that it made no difference at all. Metabolisms of active people can take cheat days pretty well. BUT I’m always back on the wagon on Monday.
That’s a good idea. Then you definitely see how a weekend of bad eats doesn’t destroy everything!