The weekends can be a true battle scene. Either you've got what it takes to fight the evil temptations of food, alcohol and late night freezer raids, or you end up surrendering to the temptations and self-sabotage by gorging until you're satisfied. It's only when Monday morning creeps up on you do you vow to never engage in such a battle of the wills again, this week you will be good, no better than good, you'll be excellent with the choices you make... until Friday... well at least until Thursday.
I've heard this from a lot of women. Weekends are a free-for-all. We're so good during the week, every meal is planned, labels are read, water is consumed by the gallons; temptation doesn't stand a chance Monday thru Friday. But once the weekend rolls around, the gloves are off and everything is fair game. It can get pretty ugly!
Last weekend I went out to dinner with friends and they were actually paying attention to what I was eating. They figured if I was eating it, then it was ok for them to eat it. Oh no. Baaad assumption. I'm that bad-ass weekend sabotager that feels it's my right to gorge because I was good all week. I found myself trying to explain that in the seven-layer dip, since there were avocados in it, it was in fact completely healthy so why not eat the whole thing! And that big plate of pasta and those few glasses of wine, well I didn't eat the whole plate and I had some water in between the glasses of wine. That makes up for it, right? Not a chance.
Ok, so I'm not perfect. There are things I could be doing better and this dinner was a major eye-opener for me. I certainly love my weekends, but they're not making me as fit and fabulous as I could be feeling, and I know a lot of women feel the same way. So I propose a challenge. If we could resist just one temptation this weekend then we prove to ourselves that the self-sabotager doesn't control us, but that we control it. So whatever your biggest temptation may be, ignore it. Just turn the other way and walk on. By taking control, we empower ourselves. This will help us to realize that we're stronger than our temptations and we can turn our weekends around.
I am definitely up for this challenge even though I'm pretty sure it's easier said than done, but what the hell, we got nothing to lose right? Tony Robbins said something to the effect that success is hindered by the small failures we make on a day to day basis. So even little incidental things that we don't think twice about doing may actually be sabotaging our success in the long-run. So by resisting one temptation, we're taking a small step in the right direction. Maybe it's one less glass of wine, or no dessert, or two small appetizers instead of a huge entrée portion. Whatever it is it's a step in the right direction ladies!
Take the challenge with me and tell me about your experience next Monday. I'm certainly going to try my hardest to be able to report back with success story!