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Silverfire
01-25-2013, 03:32 PM
How do you do it!?!?!?!

I find come Friday afternoon, my desire to plan my meals and eat good things hits a large brick wall. I am finding it hard to get past it too. Friday hits and all I want to think about is how much I don't want to cook, or do much of anything for that matter... Usually by the weekend my fresh food supply is getting dangerously low, and I will be resorting to pasta for the weekend. Not good!

During the week is fine, I have a schedule and a routine... mostly, so sticking with it during the week is so much simpler.


How do you guys keep it up on the weekends??


amandie
01-28-2013, 02:16 AM
Surprised no one has replied to this yet but as seeing that I just saw it for the first time today, anyway...

Is it possible to cook extra stuff with your dinners then freeze the extras for the weekends? I understand the "Friday" mindset 100%. I try to go for reallyreallyreally simple meals like putting together a tortilla wrap/bread with tons of veggies in it, easy pizza using the tortilla wrap as a crust, if you'd like. What is wrong with having pasta? I try to bulk it up with protein and a ton of veggies, not including the tomato pasta sauce if making spaghetti or anything like that.

Silverfire
01-28-2013, 09:50 AM
I just bought a deep freeze that will arrive Tuesday, and I have big plans of making a whole bunch of easy freezer friendly meals that I can thaw and cook or toss in the slow cooker for those I really don't feel like cooking days...

And soups, I am going to make some soups to fill my freezer with :)

I have a problem with pasta... the problem is I love it and its so hard to eat it in moderation! I try to stay away from it when I can.

Beer can be a problem on the weekends too ;)

Thanks for the advice amandie ! I will get my weekends sorted out eventually!


Mara
01-28-2013, 10:04 AM
Maybe try adding more veggies to your pasta. I make a meat and vegetable sauce. Add tons of veggies (mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, etc.) and a little meat. 1/2 cup of sauce and 1/2 cup of noodles is usually more than filling. Usually pair it with a salad or tomatoes, cucumbers, and oinions drizzled in oil and vinegar dressing.

Psychic
01-28-2013, 10:27 AM
I'm guilty of taking Saturdays as a cheat day. I still try to track calories, but I allow myself a few extra. Some research shows that having a day with a few more calories actually keeps you from plateauing.

However, if you don't feel like cooking, invest in a crock pot. Throw ingredients for soup in and let it cook all day. I have a nice "Set-and-Forget" crockpot that I absolutely love. Some frozen veggies are always cheap and easy to heat up also.

Ross111104
01-28-2013, 08:20 PM
I definitely don't have the answer for this one varcauserge weekends are my downfall as well. I am great throughout the week. Weekends not so much! Not at all actually. I eat everythin in sight!

elvislover324
01-28-2013, 08:25 PM
I switched so my weigh-in day is Monday morning. If I want to goof off all weekend (or even just Thurs, Fri or Sat), the scale will definitely remember and report all of the nasty details.

It was really hard at first but when my weigh-in day was on Thursday, I felt like I could cheat and make-up in time. The only one I was cheating was myself...can't fool the smart body!

Monday weigh-ins changed my whole strategy for the better.

Good luck!

amandie
01-28-2013, 11:01 PM
Slow-cooker/crockpots is a perfect idea also! Man, I keep forgetting about that handy thing! Thanks for the much-needed reminder, Psychic! Just throw in some veggies on the bottom and/or potatoes then whatever meat on top then forget about it for a couple hours on high or all day on low.

BBQ chicken/pork with some onions and green peppers in it. So easy and you can have it with or without the buns. This can be easily turned into "sloppy joe" sauce if you add some tomato paste and/or ketchup as well as some worcestershire sauce, maybe some brown sugar (if your BBQ sauce isn't sweet enough.)

Another easy fave of mine in the slow cooker- shredded beef or chicken enchiladas with either red or green sauce (red is SO easy to make given that you have all the ingredients already, lol.)

BTW, Silverfire- I am so jealous of you being able to get a deep freeze. We desperately need one here, lol.

Mozzy
01-28-2013, 11:06 PM
I treat everyday the same, irregardless of the weekend or not. Just set up a routine that you can follow no matter the day. Good luck!

ichoose2believe
01-29-2013, 12:45 AM
I try to menu plan for 2 weeks at a time with Saturday and Wednesday as my Cheat days.

Mission Fat to Fab
03-09-2013, 11:05 PM
My mum cooks yummier paleo food for me so it's easier not to cheat at the weekend. Alternatively I spend the weekend trying out new recipes for dinner time, as I'm too busy during the week to try a new recipe out. Friday is usually a frittata for dinner or roast chicken with some veg.

TexaninItaly
03-19-2013, 07:36 AM
I am having a very hard time staying on plan on the weekends too. It's usually the only time we eat out and it's so hard to be good when I go to a restaurant. My weigh ins are on Sat so I end up overeating after weigh in b/c I also think I can get it off by the next week, but once I'm off plan, it's so hard to get back on. Before I know it, the next Sat is here and the scale slaps me down again!

L J
03-19-2013, 07:54 AM
I am only off on Sundays, and I was struggling a lot with going over my calories Sundays. That's my housework/grocery shopping/hike with the kids day, and it occurred to me that I might actually need more calories that day. I made the decision to eat maintenance for my goal weight on Sunday, which gives me an extra 400 calories, and it hasn't seemed to slow my weight loss down at all, and it has certainly taken the stress and pressure off!

BreathingSpace
03-19-2013, 03:30 PM
Funny you should say this, I decided I had to tighten up on tracking on the weekend, and this past Friday I realized it was the first Friday in a LONG time where I didn't pick up a little "treat" after work simply because it was "Friday". I stayed on points and ate exactly the same thing I would eat all week.

Saturdays are my cheat days, but I try to eat my same stuff during the day and just eat a cheat meal at night.

Sundays are the hardest because I have to let go of the cheat mode and try to get back on track. I have a good breakfast but then I usually just have sushi for the rest of the day which is a treat, but definitely something I can track and count.

I think more of what it is for me is that my Monday to Friday food is BORING and by Friday I'm over it.

It is possible to eat something different on the weekend, you just have to make sure you track it and be careful. You can have pasta, just don't go too crazy!

Crow
03-20-2013, 05:18 PM
Friday night is take-away night in my house and always has been -- if I tried to change that I think my kids would mutiny!

I try to make sure I'm deficit a little each other day of the week to account for it, plus I make the best choices I can and watch my portion size. I find that if my eating's generally sensible then a burger or kebab or few slices of pizza one night of the week won't derail me.

Andrea85
03-24-2013, 02:12 PM
I have a hard time with this, too. What I did was change my grocery shopping day to Thursday. That way, going into the weekend I have all my good foods nice and fresh. I don't need to go anywhere near the grocery store, which is where my bad habits start on the weekends! I'm excited for the good food I got!

MrsK0515
03-24-2013, 02:46 PM
How do you do it!?!?!?!

I find come Friday afternoon, my desire to plan my meals and eat good things hits a large brick wall. I am finding it hard to get past it too. Friday hits and all I want to think about is how much I don't want to cook, or do much of anything for that matter... Usually by the weekend my fresh food supply is getting dangerously low, and I will be resorting to pasta for the weekend. Not good!

During the week is fine, I have a schedule and a routine... mostly, so sticking with it during the week is so much simpler.


How do you guys keep it up on the weekends??

You hit it right on the head for me....I'll cruise through the week then from 5pm on Friday through a big family meal on Sunday it's a disaster or a terrible struggle. In the past Friday night was ordering pizza (and eating waaaay more of it than anyone should) followed by movies, or going out for drinks, etc. My italian family has never heard the word 'diet'. Being healthy means taking a nap after pasta and before dessert. So glad to hear I'm not alone in this! I will say since i've adjusted how I grocery shop - now late night Friday nights, it's getting a little easier. I think it's going to be all about the planning ahead.

Silverfire
03-25-2013, 01:38 PM
Yes! I too am learning that getting groceries a little later in the week so I have more good stuff on the weekends its helping. Have been doing pretty well lately on the weekends now. Much less drinking. Much less junk, and only a few times have we eaten out. I guess its just something you have to figure out how to make work for yourself.

joefla70
03-25-2013, 02:01 PM
My mum cooks yummier paleo food for me so it's easier not to cheat at the weekend. Alternatively I spend the weekend trying out new recipes for dinner time, as I'm too busy during the week to try a new recipe out. Friday is usually a frittata for dinner or roast chicken with some veg.

My wife and I both cook during the week and weekends. Any any point in time during the week or weekend we are too tired or too busy to cook, I will usually pick up one of two things on my way home (1) a $4.99 rotisserie chicken from one of the big-box stores or (2) grilled chicken breasts from a local fast food latin restaurant called "Pollo Tropical." Then I either use the chicken to make a salad or eat with veggies. Preferably we roast the veggies. But if we're too lazy to do that, or do not have any fresh veggies on hand, I always have frozen veggies to pop in the microwave to steam.

Since I don't have the time or opportunity to "cook" at work, my lunches pretty much consist of salads with turkey, tuna or grilled chicken. Sometimes I go out to lunch and get grilled chicken or fish with steamed veggies. Because of this, the weekend is my time to cook something a little bit more out of the ordinary -- if I have the time and inclination. This is usually the time I will make a spaghetti squash, because it is a little more time consuming to prepare.

Silver, have you tried spaghetti squash? If you love pasta, you might find that spaghetti squash is a good alternative for you. I really like it. Of course you have to dress it up with some sort of sauce and seasoning. My go-to preparation is a shrimp scampi made with a tiny bit of EVOO and Smart Balance light spread, sauteed garlic and green onion. I toss in some basil, onion powder, Parmesan cheese - and if its not garlicky enough for my taste even with the sauteed fresh garlic, I'll add a little bit of garlic powder too.

I don't do this often because its a bit more calories than my usual steamed / roasted green veggies. But if you want an occasional treat that is lower in calorie -- and certainly lower in carb, I highly recommend the spaghetti squash. Did I mention it was somewhat of a pain in the butt to make though? ;)

joefla70
03-25-2013, 02:13 PM
Yes! I too am learning that getting groceries a little later in the week so I have more good stuff on the weekends its helping. Have been doing pretty well lately on the weekends now. Much less drinking. Much less junk, and only a few times have we eaten out. I guess its just something you have to figure out how to make work for yourself.

Yes, getting used to what works for you is key.

One thing I learned that is eating out -- even fast food - can be easy as long as you know where to go. You can stay on your plan at almost any place. But there are certain places that have tastier options than others, and I tend to stick with those places.

The other thing is to know your demons and avoid them. I cut out all junk food, but there are certain foods that I have/had on my plan that I simply cannot avoid over-eating. The main one is almonds. I LOVE almonds and I can eat an entire can in a sitting if I let myself. They are almost too dangerous for me to keep around. So, what I do is I keep them in the trunk of my car. Literally, that is where they are at all times. When I kept them in my house or in my desk at work, I would polish off an entire 1 lb bag in a few days. Now, I'll grab a handful on my way into the office or on the way home before I get in my car -- and that's it. That was my only way of portion control. If that didn't work, I would have had to stop buying them entirely. But so far that has worked. Again, it all comes back to finding out what works for you and tailoring your plan around that to make it as easy for you to follow as possible.

Silverfire
03-25-2013, 02:28 PM
Silver, have you tried spaghetti squash? If you love pasta, you might find that spaghetti squash is a good alternative for you. I really like it. Of course you have to dress it up with some sort of sauce and seasoning. My go-to preparation is a shrimp scampi made with a tiny bit of EVOO and Smart Balance light spread, sauteed garlic and green onion. I toss in some basil, onion powder, Parmesan cheese - and if its not garlicky enough for my taste even with the sauteed fresh garlic, I'll add a little bit of garlic powder too.

I tried it once, not long ago, just as a straight up substitution for spaghetti. It wasn't awesome at all, thought I think it was a little under-cooked. My boyfriend did not approve AT ALL lol. I think I will wait a little longer, till he forgets how much he didn't like it and try it again, but differently this time.

:lol: at your almond problem. I love that you keep them in the trunk. That is just totally awesome. I love me some Almonds as well (Mmmm Tamari almonds are the bees knees!!!) and to keep myself under control, I buy them in bulk, along with walnuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and portion them out into 250 cal snack bags. I keep them in the freezer (They are all really good frozen too!) and pull out a bag when I need something to nosh on or an extra snack for my lunch. Sticking to just one snack bag has been challenging at times. I keep any extra's in the basement freezer, usually I am too lazy to go all the way down stairs for a snack :D