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Social Butterfly or Health Nut? You Can Be Both This Weekend!

Weekends are a time to unwind, connect with friends and family, and sometimes do a little something out of the norm of the grind. 

Are you working towards a healthier lifestyle but find it difficult to manage staying on track over the weekend and striking that balance?

Weekends can sometimes be tough when it comes to our health goals. It's so common to hit it hard and see great progress during the week only to fall off the wagon on the weekend and ultimately spin your wheels when it comes to making progress.

Does that ever happen to you?  

Social gatherings often involve heavy celebratory food and tempting drinks, and it can be easy to let our healthy habits fall by the wayside.

I'm sliding in with some tips and tricks to navigate social situations with confidence,  helping you make smart choices that keep you on track with your goals while still enjoying the fun and festivities!

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Are you ready to enjoy the weekend experience and not be disappointed in yourself when Monday morning rolls around?

I've got you.

Navigating Going Out When You've Got Goals

First things first, we need to Set Expectations. This is a step that most people skip and this can make or break your success with your health goals and also feeling content with balancing your long term goals with your desire for instant gratification.

Step 1: What is the the goal of the event?

Most of us don't think through this but it's so important.

Is the goal of your plans...

  • A memorable culinary (or beverage) experience? Or..

  • A time to enjoy good company?

It sounds super easy and straightforward doesn't it?

Of course we'd love both but every meal and event doesn't have to be extravagant.

In most cases, if you are on a weight loss journey the way that you have done things in the past needs to be reevaluated and typically some things need to change.

And this 👆 can make us uncomfortable.

The easy thing to do would be to do things like we've always done them, enjoy the weekend, and get right back on track on Monday.

All good, right?

Typically, unfortunately, no.

Doing the deep work of being willing to get a bit uncomfortable, planning ahead, and focusing more on the company and socializing and less on the food and drink that may not serve your goals is a simple (not easy!) way to help keep you on track.

Step 2: Plan For Success

Don't leave your decisions to chance.

If you know there will be snacks or drinks, pack an option for yourself (or bring enough for everyone!) that will support your goals.

If you're heading to a restaurant, don't go hungry! You can check out my tips for dining out here! 

Do a little digging to see what you can find out about food & drink options and you can always plan to eat before or after, or bring things with you. It just requires a bit of a mindset shift and some planning!

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Step 3: The Power of "No thanks."

You don't have to say yes to everything.

It's perfectly fine to politely decline dessert, drink, or dish if it's something you have decided doesn't serve you.

Going against the fray is something we've gotten unfortunately very uncomfortable doing when the only one who can truly look out for our best interest and goals is ourselves. Show yourself the respect and self love that you deserve.  You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. Your goals are likely different. Don't play the victim and feel sorry for yourself for making another choice, flip the script and empower yourself to be strong and independent by taking actions that align with the person you want to be.

YOU get to choose your actions and your mindset.

These are your goals, not anyone else's and nobody knows what you need more than you.

It's important to remind ourselves that we are capable of deciding what is worth it to us and what is most important. Trust your judgment and make peace with your decision.

We are capable of focusing on the company. We can engage in conversation, enjoy the ambiance, and savor the experience rather than solely focusing on the food or drink. If it's not a HELL YES, let it be a no.

Find peace in that.

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When it comes down to it, navigating these situations through the lens of a healthy lifestyle involves being mindful and having a plan with your ultimate goals in mind, not your immediate desires.

I get it though, it can be really challenging to strike this balance on your own. Support and guidance can make all the difference. In my 1:1 coaching program, we dive deep into strategies for navigating social events while staying on track towards you goals.

I'd love to chat with you to see if we'd be a good fit to work together! I get so excited about my client's goals and how I get to help make them a reality! I'd love to see if that's a possibility for you too!

I hope you found these tips helpful! Have an amazing weekend...go make yourself proud!

If you put any of these tips into practice, I want to hear about it! Shoot me an email!


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