Here is my disclaimer. I did not have a “healthy” weekend. It was neither low-calorie nor active, and I didn’t really make an effort to maintain my regular sleeping patterns either. However…
Given that I usually indulge in a few beers, entire pizzas, and a handful of other indulgences, I can say this weekend was healthier than most. I’m fairly good at sticking to a nutritious diet throughout the week, and I know I really need to clean up my weekends to be the weight I want to be. On the other hand, knowledge doesn’t always mean power, especially willpower.
Shape Magazine helps explain why weekends matter:
According to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, women consume about 115 more calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than they do on weekdays. “Those extra 300 to 400 calories can leave you nine pounds heavier by the year’s end,” says Barry Popkin, Ph.D., the study’s lead author.
So what was different this weekend? For starters, I maintained balanced, low-calorie, produce-packed meals all day Friday, and I ordered this at dinner:
What did I want to order? Beer with cashew chicken in a high-sugar and high-sodium brown sauce. What did I actually order? Steamed veggies, steamed shrimp, brown rice, terriyaki sauce on the side, and a water. The waitress brought white rice instead, but ya’ win some, lose some. Seriously – I was so proud of myself for this meal!
On Saturday, I had a heavy but fill breakfast sandwich at a coffee shop. Breakfast included this little gem.
Lattelicious! I had half a sub for lunch, and a home cooked meal for dinner. I opted for a chicken breast instead of ribs. I don’t like grits or ribs; how do I call myself Southern?
I may have over-eaten a bit, and had some cheesecake for dessert, but nothing was too crazy. I also had a couple bottled beers (surprise). I love draft beer, but 16-oz pints add up a lot fast than a 12-oz bottles.
Last night, Kev and I enjoyed roast Brussels sprouts with all-natural chicken sausages. I prefer to eat in-season produce, but sprouts are too good for one-season only!
Do you stick to a “diet” on the weekend, or do you go a little crazy too?
If you keep your weekends healthy, what are your secrets!?!?