I’m throwing out a special post right before the weekend because it always seems like some of us really begin feeling the pressure to “go with the flow” on the weekends! The excitement of your new workout program or eating clean “diet” may be wearing off. You feel like you’ve been “good” and deserve a “reward”. (You’ve earned it, haven’t you?) You’re getting a little cranky these days, too. You’re just far enough into your program to be feeling like you should be feeling great, but you’re still having some unpleasant side effects (headaches, cravings, perceived hunger) and haven’t completely stepped into the full glory of how good you WILL be looking, feeling and performing. (Which, I assure you, is totally normal at this stage in the game, but still… Grrrr.) And I can all but guarantee that you’re feeling a little bit angry about how you “can’t” eat some of the foods you used to enjoy during the weekend. I would suspect that the weekend (filled with family and cookouts) may be tempting you to take just the tiniest little break from your initiative.
LISTEN UP RIGHT NOW– all of you. You are NOT going out like that. You will NOT cave to buffalo wings so processed, they’re not even chicken. The lure of a sugar-bomb pancake or dessert concoction has nothing on your rockin’ energy level and clear-headedness. And an Adult Beverage at this stage of the game will both, make you feel like super-extra crap in the morning, AND make you mad at yourself for giving in to something so cheap and dirty.
So rally, people. You’ve got this. WE’VE got this, because I’m right there with you. Need a little extra motivation? Take a minute today and list one thing in comments that is significantly better NOW than it was two weeks ago, thanks to your continued efforts. Maybe it’s your energy, maybe it’s a flatter stomach, maybe you’ve conquered a workout that’s been especially tough until now, or maybe you’re happy coming here and seeing comments from people who actually understand what it is you are trying to do.
Share something, and remind yourself why you are doing this, and how important it is to push through these difficult times. Because, trust me… once you get over that hill and things start clicking (and THEY WILL, I promise), you’ll be so, so glad you stuck with it.
Motivate, re-dedicate, and then get out there and enjoy your weekend!!!