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Mental Breakthrough regarding weekend eating

Thursday, January 31, 2008

My friend DB and I were complaining to each other yesterday how weekends ruin everything for us. We decided to start a "weekend challenge" much like the "fiber challenge" we did several months ago. The fiber challenge was such a success in getting us to eat enough fiber that now I don't even need to think about it, and always make my fiber range.

So DB says "the first thing we need to do on the weekends is meet our calorie goals." Immediately I was thinking "There is NO WAY I can do that." I've just been working on tracking calories and getting fruit and veggies, but I didn't think I could make my calorie goals.

So then DB says "Weekends are not different from any other day of the week, we just think they are. Think of all the work we do during the week trying to eat well, and then we throw it all away over the weekend." That's when it really struck home for me: weekends are not different from any other day of the week - we just think they are! There is no real reason I can't meet my calorie goals during the weekends. I use them as an excuse to snack all day and drink more at night. But that is the single biggest hindrance to me meeting my weight loss goals each week. Each weekend sets me back at least a pound I need to work off by the end of the week. And it is time to stop.

I also have in my mind the quote that's been going around lately: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right." When DB suggested meeting our calories goals, I immediately thought "I can't do that." But of course I CAN do that! I just need to be in the right mindset.

So now I am very excited about this weekend challenge, instead of fearing the weekends like I normally do! I think continuing through the weekend on my calorie range is totally going to give a boost to my efforts, and I am thrilled about it.
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