We’ve all been there. You work hard all week sticking to your fitness and nutrition goals. You eat well, you workout, you make it a point to do everything necessary in order to reach your goals, all while keeping up with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Then, Friday rolls around and you’re exhausted…and maybe even a little burnt out…But, it’s ok, because it’s finally time to kick back and relax…Time for a well deserved break from all the monotony!
Weekends are the perfect time to rest, recover, and recharge, but it can be so easy to let loose and have a little too much fun. For me, this past weekend was full of baby shower cake, concerts, tequila, tacos, beer, late nights, Sunday laziness, and pizza!
But, do you know what?…It’s all good!…It really is, because I had a blast!
Now, it’s a new week, and the journey continues!
If you ever find yourself engaging in a little too much weekend fun…and, chances are, you will!…there are a few things I want you to remember:
1 You did not fail! Your haven’t derailed yourself. You are not spiraling out of control. You didn’t throw in the towel. You haven’t reversed any of your progress. All your hard work still counts…You DID NOT fail!
2 You’re not fat, you’re bloated! Just like muscle tissue, fat cells take more than a day or two to grow. Yes, poor nutritional choices will speed up the process OVER TIME, not over a weekend. Your body composition hasn’t been compromised.
3 Those extra pounds you’re freaking out over the next morning are either water weight (because you’re bloated) or fecal matter. Believe me, a good poop after a weekend of indulging ReAlLy goes a long way!
4 Your mirror is lying to you. As humans, we have a way of only seeing our negative attributes, and if there’s none to be seen…well, then…we create some. If you’re feeling guilty about your weekend choices, it’s going to reflect in your “reflection”, so to speak. As I mentioned, you’re probably a little bloated, and when you look in the mirror, you’ll perceive that as “fat”…Look again! Don’t let your mind play tricks on you.
5 EVERYBODY has days…weekends…weeks like this! You’re not alone, and you’re certainly not inferior!
6 Stressing out, thinking unkind thoughts, and saying unkind words to yourself will not help. It’ll only make you feel worse.
7 Restricting food in an effort to compensate will not help. Depriving your body of the vital nutrients and energy it needs to function properly will only screw up your energy levels, mood, performance, hormones, cognition, reproductive function, metabolism, and eventually, WILL lead to fat storage.
8 Killing yourself in the gym in an effort to “burn off all the extra Calories” will not help. You DO need to continue with your exercise regimen…your NORMAL exercise regimen…Adding hours to your routine will only put you at risk for overtraining and injury, and it will cause you to look at fitness in a different light. Exercise should be a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate.
9 You do not need a detox to “cleanse your system”. Your liver will do a nice job of that on it’s own…It can handle it!…If you wanna help, drink plenty of water and eat a variety of wholesome, nutrient rich foods. Also, taking a probiotic every day is a great way to keep your digestive tract healthy and happy.
10 KEEP GOING!…Even if your weekend fitness and nutrition choices were less than perfect, that doesn’t constitute as a “weak end”…unless YOU let it! You wanna call it a setback?…Ok, cool!…But what do you do when you take a step back?…You take TWO steps forward! You stay consistent! You remain dedicated! You keep working towards your goals!…And, you KEEP GOING, because that’s how you get there!
I do hope you all enjoy each and every weekend to the fullest, and that you wake up every Monday morning with purpose, ready to take on the world, and show life what you’re made of!
Here’s to a lifetime fantastic weeks, y’all!