Ah yes, there’s nothing like the weekends! Time to relax, not work out, and throw a few back with the boys, right? Hold on there, not so fast. If you’re trying to reach a fitness goal, doing these things can easily set you back or really slow down your progress. How do I know? Well, I experienced it first hand after going through my first round of P90X. I’ll get to that in a second, but in this post I’m going to talk about why you should stay as committed as possible on the weekends, but still be able to relax and have a few drinks with your friends without slowing down your progress.
Back when I finished my first round of P90X, which was in May of 2008, I literally got into the best shape of my entire life, losing 25 lbs and 10% body fat. I was RIPPED! During that round, I committed myself 100% to the program, didn’t drink any alcohol, and never skipped a workout. I was dedicated, that’s for sure! Once I was finished, though, I thought that since I was in great shape that I could take the weekends and relax a bit, not work out, eat some great unhealthy food, drink each night with my buddies, and still maintain that ripped 6 pack. I was wrong. I would put on a few pounds during the weekend and then have to work extremely hard and commit myself 100% to the diet and workouts just to get to where I was before. I found out that 2-3 days of cheating on your diet and not working out takes about 5-6 days to work off. If you’re doing the math, if I did that every weekend I would make no progress at all, so I had to reevaluate what I was doing.
If you’re trying to reach a fitness goal, it’s important that you stay as committed as possible on the weekends. This means that when you go out to eat, you eat something from the healthy menu; when you go out with your friends, you drink in moderation and choose the right kind of drinks that don’t pack the calories; when you don’t feel like working out, you find motivation somewhere and just get it done; and when all of your family orders and eats pizza, you refuse the temptation and go for a healthy alternative. I know that this is tough to do, but what’s necessary if you want to reach your goals! I’ve found that after doing these things for so long, it just becomes second nature and you don’t think about it. At first it’s hard as heck, but as time goes on it gets easier and easier to stay committed. Now I’m able to have great time with friends and family without waking up Monday morning feeling extremely guilty for what I did over the weekend.
If you are going to drink on the weekends, it’s important that you limit the amount you take in and stick with the right drinks. Remember, many drinks have a ton of calories, especially mixed and blended drinks like Rum Runners, pina coladas, and long island iced teas. Some of them can even have in excess of 500 calories each! Drink 3-4 of them, and you can easily take in a days’ worth of calories. Instead, go with something lighter like light beer or a vodka and tonic, and limit the amount you consume. Drink a few and then call it quits. There is no reason to get obliterated drunk, and you would be setting yourself back on reaching your goals anyways.
If you have a hard time committing on the weekends, always ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” After thinking about it, you’ll find that it most definitely is not, and that will make it easier for you to do what you have to do in order to keep moving towards your fitness goals. If you ever struggle and need someone to give you a swift kick in the pants, I’m here to help and all you have to do is send me a Facebook message or email. Just make sure you make me your Coach first! Remember, it’s NOT WORTH indulging on the weekends!