I'd be thin if we didn't have weekends

astralsky
astralsky Posts: 13 Member
I exercise all week
Eat well
Then as soon as the weekend arrives I turn into a binge eating alcy
And I can't seem to stop it
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  • RadishEater
    RadishEater Posts: 470 Member
    Have you tried to preplan slightly healthy versions of the foods/alcohol you crave.

    Example
    I do enough exercise on the elliptical on Saturday so I can drink two margaritas and eat pumpkin gnocchi with goat cheese

    I don't do a sauce with the gnocchi which saves alot especially if a typical sauce is a butter or cream sauce.

    A margarita well is a margarita and sometimes I toss champagne in too, but I plan out my whole day so I can have those and stay within calorie limit
  • BZAH10
    BZAH10 Posts: 5,694 Member
    What do you currently do on the weekends? Any pre-set plans or schedule? If not, that may be the answer. Not to say to take up your whole weekend, but just add SOME structure in and pre-plan your meals.
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I exercise all week
    Eat well
    Then as soon as the weekend arrives I turn into a binge eating alcy
    And I can't seem to stop it

    Plan your weekend the same way as you plan your week.

  • charms3155
    charms3155 Posts: 9 Member
    Same here but I am working on changing it. Instead of the whole weekend being a bust I will plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks and then let loose in the evenings. Keeping your water intake up will help too. And I also weigh in Monday mornings at 8:00, so the weekend will show on the scale if I am not careful.
  • tinkerbellang83
    tinkerbellang83 Posts: 9,112 Member
    I found a good way to manage my weekends is to make exercise out of a social thing - go for a hike, go dog walking, walk into the city for drinks, etc. I also tend to eat brunch rather than separate breakfast and lunch to give me a few more calories for dinner/takeaway/drinks.

    Planning is almost certainly the way forward.

    Also consider if you're maybe overly-restrictive during the week that makes you want to eat everything in sight on a weekend.

  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,879 Member
    I make sure my weekends have some structure to them for the most part...there's the odd totally lazy day here and there, but for the most part I give myself things to do on the weekend so I'm not just hanging out bored and eating. I do drink on the weekends, but that's never really had any impact on my weight management. My family likes to be active, so we go for family hikes, rock climbing, the trampoline park, the zoo, etc...I can't stand just sitting around at home for hours on end.

    I also like to workout on weekends because that's when I actually have time to take a longer ride and it's easier for me to get to the gym to lift than it is on a week day...my rest day is usually Monday, not the weekends.
  • Go_Deskercise
    Go_Deskercise Posts: 1,630 Member
    Yes! I am very good about planning meals on weekdays, pre-logging food and working out.

    My weekends in cold months - I sit inside, bundled up watching tv, basketball, movies, etc. and snack
    My weekends in warm months - I go on runs, swim, off-roading, etc. and eat less

    I am currently trying to figure out a plan that works for my weekends during this last bit of cold!

    I can't wait for warm weather!!
  • astralsky
    astralsky Posts: 13 Member
    I think the problem is my husband !!
    He's at home all weekend
    I try and plan to go out walking the dog
    I'm full of good intentions
    But he just wants to laze around and eat out !!!
    It's willpower I'm lacking
  • concordancia
    concordancia Posts: 5,320 Member
    You got to move it move it!

    Well, at least if the problem is that you are grazing out of boredom, being active can both burn calories and keep you busy.

    Weekends are great for longer, more social workouts: volleyball, hiking, goofing off in the pool, killer round robin ping pong...

  • astralsky
    astralsky Posts: 13 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I think the problem is my husband !!
    He's at home all weekend
    I try and plan to go out walking the dog
    I'm full of good intentions
    But he just wants to laze around and eat out !!!
    It's willpower I'm lacking

    You can surely go out walking the dog without him? it's a bit of a cop-out laying the blame on him, take responsibility and get your *kitten* out the door with that poor dog.

  • astralsky
    astralsky Posts: 13 Member
    I'm not really blaming my husband !! I know I should make better choices
    It's just too easy to fall into his pattern when he's at home
    On the plus side I've just started Zumba once a week and swimming
  • mitchelltia9
    mitchelltia9 Posts: 4 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I exercise all week
    Eat well
    Then as soon as the weekend arrives I turn into a binge eating alcy
    And I can't seem to stop it

    And if I didn't have weekends out of town. I was out of town last weekend and now I'll be out of town this weekend for classes to renew my EMT license. I've kind of been bad and have been calling them 'cheat' weekends.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I exercise all week
    Eat well
    Then as soon as the weekend arrives I turn into a binge eating alcy
    And I can't seem to stop it

    LOL this was me! I had to get a handle on my weekend eating and once I did that the weight loss followed.
    Even in maintenance I bank calories from during the week so I can still enjoy eating more at the weekend.
    Find a way to make it work for you.
  • Falklang
    Falklang Posts: 220 Member
    I just see the weekend now as every other day and not as weekend, I found treating the weekend as two separate days was bad for my waist line lol. I now eat as i do on the weekend as i do in the week. :)
  • astralsky
    astralsky Posts: 13 Member
    BZAH10 wrote: »
    What do you currently do on the weekends? Any pre-set plans or schedule? If not, that may be the answer. Not to say to take up your whole weekend, but just add SOME structure in and pre-plan your meals.
    BZAH10 wrote: »
    What do you currently do on the weekends? Any pre-set plans or schedule? If not, that may be the answer. Not to say to take up your whole weekend, but just add SOME structure in and pre-plan your meals.
    BZAH10 wrote: »
    What do you currently do on the weekends? Any pre-set plans or schedule? If not, that may be the answer. Not to say to take up your whole weekend, but just add SOME structure in and pre-plan your meals.

  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I'm not really blaming my husband !! I know I should make better choices
    It's just too easy to fall into his pattern when he's at home
    On the plus side I've just started Zumba once a week and swimming

    This is why everyone says this is a lifestyle change... following your current weekend lifestyle means you don't lose weight, so you have a choice to make.
  • astralsky
    astralsky Posts: 13 Member
    I think that is my problem with weekends
    I do plan all my meals in the week
    And also weekends, the food I buy for weekends usually ends up in the bin!!
    He likes to go out for breakfast and have takeaways and I'm to easily swayed
    I always tell myself I'll get back in it on Monday
    But the damage is already done by then
    I've just had a very bad weekend
    I'm bloated and groggy
    And don't know how to change my mindset for the better !!
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    astralsky wrote: »
    I think that is my problem with weekends
    I do plan all my meals in the week
    And also weekends, the food I buy for weekends usually ends up in the bin!!
    He likes to go out for breakfast and have takeaways and I'm to easily swayed
    I always tell myself I'll get back in it on Monday
    But the damage is already done by then
    I've just had a very bad weekend
    I'm bloated and groggy
    And don't know how to change my mindset for the better !!

    e.g try and share when you have takeaway - that's half the calories right away for starters.
    Keep active if you can even by taking a walk.
    I enjoy breakfast out too on Saturdays, hubby will tuck into a full Irish fry up whereas I will order toasted wheaten bread and some poached eggs. Its all about choice and making better ones.

    You have the choice and its you who can make small changes which will have big effects.
  • saragd012
    saragd012 Posts: 693 Member
    Something that helps me on the weekend is to combine breakfast and lunch into one (reasonable) meal. My spouse instigates terrible eating habits as well, and will suggest pizza, stuffed cheese bread, and brownies at least once a week. Obviously these things are amazing, so it's a bit harder to say no. So instead we've compromised that I make us breakfast around 11am, something lower calorie but still "special" enough to satisfy the "but it's the weekend!" feeling. That way we can save more calories to splurge a little in the evening. Plus I aim to go under my calories throughout the week so that I can throw those in my bank too.