It’s so common to be super focused on your healthy eating during the week, and then let things slide on the weekend.
That’s why we encourage you to enjoy healthy treats as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the things you love.
It’s only natural that your motivation will be tested at times, and weekends are often a dangerous time with kids birthday parties, cafe lunches and dinners out with family and friends creating the perfect opportunity to overindulge and skip your fitness routine.
Add to this a general sense of exhaustion and the need to feel ‘rewarded’ for making it through another busy week and you’ve got the perfect conditions for dietary blow outs and avoidance of exercise.
Tips for staying on track this weekend
1) Get outdoors
Although the temptation to stay indoors and get jobs done or watch movies is high during the weekend, it’s a much better idea to spend time outdoors with your family.
It’s a good way to spend quality time with your children and also get a dose of exercise in.
Plan a long walk in parkland, or an afternoon walking on the soft sand at the beach, or a morning at the park with your kids to burn calories and have fun at the same time.
Ultimately, spending a few hours this way is more rewarding and better for you than lazing on the couch! Why not organise a family bike ride?
2) Make your own healthy takeaway
Eating takeaway food on weekends is a common indulgence for many people. Save yourself the calories (and money too) by planning ahead and making your own takeaway.
3) Stock up on fresh produce
Farmers’ markets are a great source of local, organic fresh produce; and spending a Saturday or Sunday morning at a farmers’ market is a good way to fill your life with fresh, healthy food.
Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, and nuts, and you’ll be less likely to resort to junk food on the weekend with a fridge and pantry bursting with fresh ingredients. Why not pick up something you’ve never tried before to enjoy in your Healthy Mummy Smoothie?
We love this Cellulite Busting Smoothie made with berries and baby spinach.
4) Think about what you want
One of the best ways to stay on track is to spend time thinking about where you have come from, and where you’re going.
Dedicate an hour or so to sitting down and writing out your health, fitness and weight loss goals for the coming months.
Keeping track of your progress will remind you to not stray from your healthy eating plan and fitness regime just because it’s the weekend.
Check out the great results from 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Elle Temple. She has transformed her body, boosted her energy levels and feels better than ever.
And here I am, springing around on the beach after my little toddler!”
Read more of Elle’s story here.
5) Plan healthy rewards
Many people mistakenly reward themselves for surviving the week – with junk food. If you’re one of those people that rewards yourself with cakes, chocolates or lollies, replace this behaviour with a healthy, soul-enriching reward.
Book yourself in for a facial or a massage on a Saturday morning, or schedule an at-home pampering session with a bubble bath and a few magazines.
Alternatively, reward yourself by buying yourself new fitness gear like running shoes, a pedometer or motivations books. This might in turn get you motivated to get out and get moving in the great outdoors.
6) Change the habit
If you have a habit of heading to the pizza shop every Friday night, or the cafe for a blowout breakfast every Saturday, why not try creating a new tradition?
Perhaps it could mean getting the family together to make homemade pizza on a Friday night, or heading out for a solo walk first thing on a Saturday morning.
Make sure it’s something you look forward to so that you don’t feel as though you’re missing out.