Sometimes the weekends feel just as hectic and jam-packed as the weekdays. Maybe that's because I think of the weekends as "free time" and then keep adding items to my Saturday and Sunday to-do list. I usually barely get out of pajamas or workout clothes, unless we are going out at night. Or if I have lots of fun lined up, I end up overindulging to make up for the stress of the week, and Sunday night finds me worn out and the opposite of relaxed.
Two recent articles reminded me how to savor my downtime and make the most of those two days off each week. Shape's May issue shares tips on how to "Lose Weight this Weekend" while still enjoying happy hour, shopping, the movies, dining out, brunch, and TV marathons--you know, all those opportunities to cancel out your hard work at the gym and dedication to eating right.
2) Shopping: Rather than fall victim to the food court, stash a snack in your bag. Or if you need to grab lunch, just pick a restaurant that allows you to build your own meal. Stick to lean protein and steamed veggies.
3) Movies: BYO treats or split a small popcorn or some dark chocolate with a friend.
5) Brunch: Eat a piece of fruit and some lowfat yogurt first thing in the a.m. to curb your hunger beforehand. If you are facing a brunch buffet, scan the spread and select two or three things that look really good. And remember that eggs keep you fuller than starchier breakfast staples like bagels or waffles.
6) TV Marathon: Reinvent your Sunday by scheduling a fun, calorie-torching activity, like a hike, bike ride, or a beach volleyball game with friends. Or try a new class at the gym or workout DVD at home.