Ahh yes, the toughest time to stay committed to your healthy diet and workout routine. The weekends consist of friends pressuring you to go out and have a beer chugging contest, family making it a priority to slowly eat every slice of pizza right in front of your face, and chips and salsa sitting directly on the table in front of you during football games. You sit there, being ridiculed, mouth watering, and thinking to yourself, “How much is this really going to hurt me?” Before you go indulging in every bad food possible and making it a “cheat day” or even a “cheat weekend,” think about what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish to that point. It’s NOT WORTH IT!
Back when I first started P90X, ALL of the above scenarios are ones that I personally faced, and believe me, it wasn’t fun, especially for a guy who was so used to doing all of those things, but no matter how much I wanted to, I never did. Why? Because I had a goal to reach. I was SICK AND TIRED of being sick and tired, and if I was going to make a change, I was going to do it the right way. I wasn’t going to let ANYTHING get in my way of reaching my goals! I knew that once I got off the diet and “cheated” just a little, it would make it that much harder to stay committed in the long run, so I just resisted all temptations all together! It was hard as heck during the first month or so, but after that I started feeling so great about myself, how far I’ve come in my fitness, and it just wasn’t worth going back to that old, unhealthy way of living. There is no way I was going to let myself feel the way I did before I started P90X!
From someone who has been there and done that, you have to trust me on this one. Giving in to temptations on the weekends will only make you feel guilty afterwards and it’s COMPLETELY not worth it! If you have a goal in mind, are tired of being unhealthy and out of shape, then don’t let ANYTHING stand in the way between you and your ideal fitness goals. From my own personal experience, a cheat day takes about 2-3 days to work off, so as you can imagine, a cheat weekend can take an entire week to work off, and if you do that every weekend, you’re not going to make any progress whatsoever. And if you add in that you’re not working out on top of all that unhealthy eating, then you’re really in for a crappy feeling come Monday, a feeling of disappointment and regret. This will only cause frustration, and when you get frustrated you’re more than likely going to slip back into your old lifestyle.
Remember, the DIET is the most important part of any workout routine, and I even tell the people that I coach that it makes up 80% of your results. Stay committed to the diet and workouts during the weekends and you will be moving in the right direction towards your goals! Whenever you come across a temptation, before immediately giving in, take a second to think about how you will feel afterwards. You will come to the conclusion that it’s not worth it! If you come across any issues and need any help, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I’m not your Beachbody Coach already, make sure you make me your coach by clicking here so that I can help you stay committed and hold you accountable!