I'm not really a big Football fan - OK that's a HUGE underestimate! When questioned about the Super Bowl last weekend I said I hoped the Falcons would win! I do get excited for the half-time show though...
Anyway, I got to thinking about how our health and nutrition can feel a lot like a football game. When we hit a PR or go down a pant size we get a sudden thrill of excitement, like our team just scored a touchdown or the half-time performer had an unexpected wardrobe malfunction. The rest of the time though it's fairly uneventful and difficult to stay focused and motivated. I'm pretty sure that's why beer was invented!
This is why it's so important to include a variety of different foods in our diets. Limiting yourself to the same boring meals and avoiding eating out will most likely result in those infamous "cheat days" - which happen to be one of the most common causes for a stall in your weight loss.
"Don't expect to make progress with your weight loss or overall health when your bad habits account for more than 25% of your week."
Read on to find out how Laura manages special events and social occasions without going off the rails or losing sight of the flexibility this lifestyle brings.
Wednesday 7th February 2018
So this past weekend was filled with challenges and then Super Bowl. How do you face those days? Do you plan, blow your macros, or what? Took me two years to realize that I will make steady progress if my weekends are not a train wreck.
Saturday night, my husband and I attended a local hospital gala. I knew people on the planning committee so I got ahold of the menu in advance and planned ahead. We decided to go a little later so we were not faced with 2 hours of cocktail reception. Once they started serving dinner, I asked my server to only bring me the filet and double vegetables. It worked out perfectly! Don’t be afraid to ask for changes; you are living with the consequences, not your server.
If I know there are going to be a few days of diet variations, I also plan a huge pot of my vegetable soup. The day of, and day after events, that is what I have for lunch. On top of that, I aim to get at least half of my clean protein in before noon. Jason and Roz also recommend this when traveling. Definitely helps!
Super Bowl is not Thanksgiving people. Check yourself there! We had people to our house this year so the menu was under our control and we sent stuff home with our guests. Local city missions will also take open desserts so if you have a ton of cookies or brownies and feel guilty about tossing, load in your car and make someone else’s day.
Here is a progress shot of me 9 pounds down from Jan 1.
Darn it, I wish I had controlled myself months ago and did not have so much ground to make back up, but, if having some weight to lose is my biggest problem, life is good. And of course, here's what our meal prep looks like for the week.
Next up prepping for travel....