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03-10-2008, 06:48 PM
on the weekends??? I do so well through the week but on the weekends, I absolutely can't seem to control my eating. And sweets!!!! I seem to want sweets so bad on the weekends. Don't really know why... I just do. I had lost 15 lbs as of Thursday, got a long weekend off and had gained 5 lbs back as of this morning. HELP!!!!!!!

03-10-2008, 06:59 PM
Hi Bizzymom23
I have the exact same problem. I eat right when Im in school during the week, but when I go home I tend to just eat eat and eat. Its just a habit that I have to learn to break. Stock up on healthy food that you actually like. I love the 100 calorie pack snacks, but I have to remember not to overeat. They're supposed to be a treat:) as for those 5 pounds, remember, weight fluctuates. maybe it's water weight? and if you did gain it, just remember to get back on the horse and continue to do what you have been doing that helped you lose those 15 pounds.

03-10-2008, 07:13 PM
I just plan the weekends like any other day. I usually hit the grocery store on Friday afternoon and make sure I have stuff for healthy dinner on Friday, lunches and snacks on Sat and Sunday. I usually go out to dinner on Saturday nights, it is my planned "treat meal" but even if I have a glass of wine and share a dessert I still try to stick to my forever rules (no fried foods - although the occasional calimari slips in, no fast food, no cream-based sauces).

I usually get a quick dinner out on Sunday night before the grocery store (so many errands and packing lunches and putting groceries away, I don't feel like cooking). I love Chipotle - chicken bol no beans, just a little rice, chicken, pico de gallo, tons of romaine and half a serving of guacamole - YUM.

Please don't stress about the 5 lbs, you would have to have eaten nearly 15K extra calories over the weekend to gain 5 lbs of fat. Offplan foods tend to be really salty (it's part of what makes it so delicious) so just drink some extra water today to flush it out.

Plan to be successful next weekend!! Have healthy food ON HAND.

03-10-2008, 07:15 PM
Hi bizzymom

Look, dont sweat the five pounds. As kisskiss pointed out, weight fluctuates and you have to just keep on going when the going gets tough.

Also, about the sweets!! OMG....if im off routine....I crave them so bad, which is about every weekend. I have invested in some Weight Watchers ice cream bars. The cookies and cream ones are my fav and just at 130 calories you cant go wrong if you gotta have sweets.

Plus, this little treat will help you feel satisfied and less like your neglecting your needs.

Hope it helps!:)

03-10-2008, 07:26 PM
The weekends are a break from routine, so you have to be even more vigilant to stay on plan. Sit down on Thursday and plan your meals and your activities so that you are armed and ready to succeed. If you know you will be going out, find out what the best eating options are and stick to it. If you go to a restaurant and know what you are getting, don't even open the menu - just order what you know you need to get.
Weekends are hard, but they don't have to be a ticket to fall off the wagon.

Plan, plan, plan and you can do it!

03-10-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm right there with ya bizzymom! I also am showing a 5lb weight gain today.. Argh! I think the weekends are definately my downfall... We need a plan of action :) I'm going to start by only allowing myself to miss one day at the gym & only have beer on saturday... that's my plan! Hold me to it.. Let me know your plan and I will hold you to yours too!

Serena C
03-10-2008, 08:20 PM
You're not alone. Weekends are hard for me, too. As mentioned, planning is a big part of it, but also, since I'm less occupied with work, I have more time to rummage through the kitchen. I don't have any good tips for you because I'm still trying to figure out how to avoid this myself, but I hope it helps to know you're not the only one!

03-10-2008, 08:31 PM
If all you have in your house is veggies, fruit, lean protein, low fat dairy and some good whole grains, you can't snack on garbage that isn't there.

03-10-2008, 09:47 PM
If it wasn't for those horrible, terrible bad, evil, little yearly invaders in their little green skirts and vests. D*^# those girl scouts!!! My cookies finally came in. I have to get them out of the house before my pancreas dies.

I have had 2 bad days that I blame on Girl Scouts. Maybe they should come up with 100cal packs for gs cookies???

I agree with everyone above on planning, planning and more planning. The more I am prepared, the easier it is to stay on plan.

03-10-2008, 10:18 PM
Girl Scout cookies are like crack, you paid your money, you helped a good cause, throw them out. Every place I went this weekend, I felt like I had to run a Thin Mint gauntlet, with those little angelic faced Cherubs waving free samples around. My goal this year was NOT ONE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE. Because, 1 cookie = 1 sleeve for me :)

03-10-2008, 10:24 PM
....my weekends extend to everyday except for the days I work. I thinks it becuase during the week when we work our life is more scheduled and routine which makes it easier to stick with a plan. Then on the weekend its a free for all, no schedule except picking up, running errands, etc. I notice I don't stay on plan when I am around my kids and hubby, how stupid is that:?:.
Its hard to get into a routine but we must plan, plan, plan!!!!

03-10-2008, 10:52 PM
I'm totally with you on the weekends screwing me up... I have one higher calorie day (2000cals instead of 1300-1400) allotted for the weekends and usually work some chocolate in there. My downfall is when I go out with the housemates to a club or a bar or something. I'm not big on the dancing thing so I usually need a few drinks to let loose... I've been trying to save some calories for alcohol and avoid mixers (ie: I'll have a vodka on the rocks) but I still usually get screwed up. I never miss a workout though!

My other problem is when I come home from school for the weekend and there's stuff in my parent's house (like granola bars and cookies) that I can eat like there's no tomorrow. It's there for my brother and sister so I can't really ask them not to have it in the house, and my mum always makes a point of getting me whatever "healthy" foods I want for that weekend...but still there are slip ups. I'm just coming off one of those weekends now.

Don't feel discouraged by the 5lbs. I once thought I had gained 4lbs over spring break and when I weighed myself again the next day I was down 2. Two days later I got my period. So no, I didn't lose weight BUT I didn't gain 4lbs either. I'm sure the scale will go down again by next week.

03-10-2008, 11:51 PM
I saw a post someone made not too long ago that said something to the effect of " People who go off their diets on the weekends are known as maintainers".

Struck a nerve with me since it is so true, I've been maintaining for about a year now. Which is way better than gaining, but not what I want to do right now. So this Friday I planned what I would eat, kept more or less to plan (mostly more!) and was down a pound on Monday for the first time in I don't know how many months, maybe ever.

Yeah, it's a struggle. But I now believe its one that I, and maybe you, have to win if you want to hit goal in the long term.

03-11-2008, 08:53 PM
Weekends can be really tough! You're home around all that food and those car keys are so close by and can take you right through a MickeyD drive through if you don't watch out. (When I'm craving fast food I change my route to work so I don't drive by the donut shop!) Maybe changing some routines that trigger the urge to eat could be helpful. I wish you success!

I'm having trouble around 4:30 in the afternoons. I'm good all day at work, eat my snacks like I should. Then as soon as I hit the front door of my house, I put everything in my mouth I can fit in there. Even too much of stuff that's not too fatty or greasy can pack on the pounds. I am fighting five pounds I gained at Christmas and here it is March and I still have them. It is so discouraging. I lost 60 pounds a year ago then took time off to maintain (gained 5 back). Now it is soooooooo hard to get 'back in the saddle' I am really struggling. Sigh.

03-11-2008, 09:07 PM
If it wasn't for those horrible, terrible bad, evil, little yearly invaders in their little green skirts and vests. D*^# those girl scouts!!! My cookies finally came in. I have to get them out of the house before my pancreas dies.

I have had 2 bad days that I blame on Girl Scouts. Maybe they should come up with 100cal packs for gs cookies???

I agree with everyone above on planning, planning and more planning. The more I am prepared, the easier it is to stay on plan.

Our troop sold 100 calorie cinnaspin packs. Still far from health food, however.

03-11-2008, 11:03 PM
I pigged out a bit much this weekend too. I really like the "idea" in the superfoods diet, to make every Mon soup and salad day partly to make up for any splurges throughout the weekend if we had any. I've been doing it lately, a clean Monday am breakfast, soup and salad for lunch then protein and veggies (no other carbs for dinner)... As for weekend munching, I've cleaned most of the junk out of my kitchen so I'm not doing as much damage: light popcorn, light beer or a bit of wine, chocolate, triscuits, etc are about as much damage as I can do at home, so long as I stay away from restaurants which I've been mostly making myself do. For me the key is not even having the temptations around - like chips which I used to eat an entire plate of with melted cheese, etc.

Fat Pants
03-12-2008, 09:36 AM
Yeah, I'm with you on this one. Just recently have I started to make *better* choices on the weekends, but not as nearly as good as I could make. Friday night is our night to eat out... unfortunately this is also the typical "eat lunch out" at the office day, too, so I try to make really healthy choices for breakfast and lunch, and let myself splurge a little on dinner. If I'm over by 100-200 calories, I don't sweat it.

However, I have found what really helps me is to have meals planned all the way through Sunday. I used to plan 3-4 meals a week and just figured we would wing it when it came to the weekends. Well, that ended up in DH and I eating out aaaaallllll weekend. When I actually plan for meals on the weekends, it keeps that quick trip to Little Caesar's (my downfall!) at bay.

03-12-2008, 12:16 PM
Hey Bizzy - you sure are not alone on that one. I have trouble too. BUT, I always keep my freezer stocked now with the Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches or the WW Ice Cream Bars. Sometimes I will have 2 of them, but at 150 calories each, it's not TOO bad.

Better than eating a whole pack of double stuffed oreos, which sadly I used to do!

Keep the faith and surround yourself with low fat, low calorie sweets. Check out your grocers freezer and see what you come up with. Our local stores usually have sales on something and then I go to that store to re-stock.

You will DO IT!:)

03-12-2008, 04:15 PM
Ever consider buying the cookies and telling the little girl that she can take the boxes of cookies home to her mommy??? :)

03-12-2008, 04:35 PM
I've been thinking about posting a message that talks about when it (the diet plan) all falls apart. I can say it used to be as soon as I woke up. Then it was 10am. Now it is fluctuating b/w later afternoon and if I make it thru that-- the killer time is right after I put my kids to bed. That's the biggie for me.
But still-- I can call that progress, right?

03-12-2008, 05:00 PM
Agreed--- I know it is ALL about breaking routine. On the weekdays? Easy! I bring to work and consume ONLY what I have available. I'm near my computer all day so I can brainstorm and fantasize about exactly WHAT will fit into the calories I have allotted for the rest of the night.

Weekends? Ummm... none of the above. Later waking times, later bedtimes, messed up routines, you never know where you'll be when the hunger hits...

It's definitely tough. But I manage. I go higher on weekends, but I stay lower on weekdays so thus far I get a weekly average that balances things out calorie-wise.

There is a DEFINIATE reason why I weigh in on Wednesdays, b/c mondays and tuesdays are just TOO close and I need some time to process and get rid of all that extra food in my belly!!!

03-12-2008, 05:04 PM
I have or had! the same problem...i was really good during the week ,come the weekend loose all routine and damnit! lol So my boyfriend decided to buy lots of diff types of fruit, and whenever i get hungry for sweets he goes and slices them up and presents them pretty on a plate for me...works...really. :) good luck

03-13-2008, 02:12 PM
Hi Bizzymom23. I know exactly where your coming from. I always do good on the weekdays, then the weekends comes & I somehow think that I deserve a reward for being so good all week long. I am giving all the stuff around the house that is there tempting me away, or throwing it out & replacing it with lower fat healthier choices. I too love the 100 calorie pack snacks. stay motivated!

04-03-2008, 09:25 PM
Weekends are bad for me too. You have more time to eat and that's when a lot of people drink alcohol too. Try to go to the gym or workout more in the morning on the weekends. That way you will maintain a little bit more control over your choices. You can do it!