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June 17, 2012 1:00 PM
Funny subject title, I exactly love my weekends however when it comes to be in control of my eating it is awful.

I have really struggled with my diet for many years I am doing well at exercise and taking small steps with my diet. I am now counting calories Monday to Friday and the weekend I am not counting calories and trying to make sensible choice but I go mad and am out of control.

Does any one have any tips to get me through a weekend to try and get myself under control.

Thank you
June 17, 2012 1:17 PM
I have a hard time on weekends too, but I would say instead of not counting calories at all on weekends, I would still try to be very cautious of what you're eating but maybe just have one or two cheat meals a weekend. That way you're still being able to relax a little and eat what you want but not doing that for every meal of the whole weekend.
June 17, 2012 1:19 PM
count your weekend calories!!!! maybe allow yourself a couple of hundred extra calories on the weekend but definately still log
June 17, 2012 1:22 PM
I do much better on the weekends when I keep myself busy outside of the house. No time to sit around and graze smile
June 17, 2012 1:23 PM
I agree you should count the weekend calories. I tend to take a longer walk, clean while dancing (or vice versa!) so I can have room for error. If my nutrition is balanced I don't really feel the need to eat more though I do still have my ice cream now and again!
June 17, 2012 1:24 PM
Whoa, now. "Dreaded" and "weekend" are not to be used in the same sentence!!

That said, I'm not working right now, so I understand. tongue

90% of this is psychological. You'll have to come up with a plan. I just try to stay busy.
June 17, 2012 1:27 PM
Weekends kill me. I eat out more with my husband and I could do a lot better. I try to make good food choices though but sometimes splurge like last night I had french fries and fried catfish.. Of course I gain some but will get it off next week. :-P
June 17, 2012 1:28 PM
Log all of your food choices throughout the weekend, that way you will have an idea of just how many calories you`re eating. You can still have whatever you want, but maybe once you see the calorie count, you might find something else that would be just as good for less calories. Good luck.
June 17, 2012 1:30 PM
log everything and still enjoy yourself. I make my weigh in for first thing Monday morning to give myself that added incentive, although saying that it doesn't always work to stop the odd indulgence!
June 17, 2012 1:35 PM
I know how you feel, weekends are always hard. For me, I log and make the best choices that I can, without going totally insane.

For example, last night: I felt like a salad and I'm out of lettuce and most veggies atm. My local hungry howies has a seriously fantastic Greek Salad, they load up the fresh veggies until they're spilling out over the top of the container and will actually fall out when you open the top, so I ordered it with low fat ranch dressing(only 40 cals a serving), and had them add green peppers and mushrooms. Extra veg.

Now comes the treat part: I love the 3-cheese bread, with extra cheese, and ranch "topping" that they have. So, screw it, I got an order. And I had 3 pieces(about 3 inches long each), enough to enjoy it with my salad. I was super-full, mostly on salad, and got to indulge a bit with some buttery cheese bread. I even have leftover salad for lunch today, and cheese bread too.

There's lots of days, mainly saturdays and sundays, that I do that same thing. Pair a healthy choice with a less than healthy choice, enjoy a treat, but balance it. You don't have to go without, just don't go *crazy*. I imagine I could have ordered a 5-topping pizza and a cheese bread last night, and that would have been too much. The salad was delicious, and kept it reasonable.
June 17, 2012 1:37 PM
log everything an be honest with yourself.

the road to happiness is not a straight one an we can all wobble.

but stick with it for the long run, think of it as life changing an not dieting

June 17, 2012 1:37 PM
I feel your pain! 270+ calories over today. Usually I try to go for long walks to give myself some extra calories. Housework counts as exercise in my world, as does walking around shopping!

Also, are you being too strict during the week? I think you should log every day but make sure you're not hungry and that you're having a few 'treats' that fit into your calories.

If necessary, raise your weightloss goal so you get some more calories (i.e. aim to lose a pound a week instead of two. You'll probably lose faster, anyway.)

Good luck with learning to enjoy your weekends (and your weeks) without going mad.
June 17, 2012 1:49 PM
I log everything, even my one or two high calorie meals over the weekend. But, I plan my higher calorie meals ahead and eat super lite the rest of the day . I also burn a lot more calories those days with weekend chores like gardening and other yard work or just by playing with my kids. You'd be surprised at how many calories you can burn just by playing with children. And remember when you are eating your not so healthy meals you will want to drink A LOT of water. Those kind of meals are usually loaded in salt so I always incorporate some extra green tea or other natural detoxins to my diet on weekends.
June 17, 2012 11:45 PM
Thank you everyone for your great comments. So reading everyones post its clear I need to log my calories. I may also look at for a while giving myself a few extra calories to make it easier but I don't have to eat them all. The mad part of it I do more exercise at the weekend.

I will let you know how I get on.

Thank You

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