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I just started CC and exercising on Saturday, but this weekend is going to present lots of challenges because I'm going wine-tasting with my big, fat alcoholic family! (Of course I'm the only fat one, though. ) I want to allow myself to have some fun, but not go overboard and undo all my hard work this week. I was thinking I might just log everything I plan to eat and drink ahead of time and keep myself on track that way...and maybe aim to break even on the calories (maintain) rather than have a calorie deficit on Saturday (and Sunday too?!).
Any other suggestions to help keep me on track?
If you punish yourself now you might come to resent dieting and sabotage your goals in the long run.
Totally agree with "worst15pounds" on the grilled chicken: eat first before any wine. Add a glass of water between every 2 oz of wine to help satisfy your social conditioning to drink while others are drinking. Be sure to eat / take B vitamins every day! Alcohol uses up these water-soluble vits. Any chance you can make a chicken broth with onions, peppers, and lots of baby spinach in it for dinner or lunch?
Just enjoy yourself! Treat this as a reminder that once you hit your goals, you can enjoy these types of evenings guilt free. Let this be your motivator, and not your failure.
I know how you feel! I have been working out and eating healthy for about a month, before we went on a two week vacation... I had all kinds of stratagies planed out, but once i got there the whole thing went out the window... I did work out, so that was something... when i came back, by some miracle i didn't gain any weight and i was able to start right back up. So I wouldn't worry to much about a week end, just be consious of what your eating and drinking, and have fun...I hear red wine is good for you!!!
Several of my friends and I are all dieting at the same time and have been faced with this challenge at one point or another over the past few weeks. Food/drinking events, holidays or vacations will come up, and should be enjoyed. The best advice that I can share from what we have learned is to say that it is ok to go ahead and have some fun...enjoy yourself. The more you log ahead of time and balance the rest of your day away from the carb and sugar foods will help (it has for me). I just make a point of not doing it every day or every week. Then make a plan for what happens afterwards. If you gain a lb or 2 back, don't beat yourself up, just get back into your excerise and diet plan right away the next day. If you balance and stay focused the rest of the week, You'll be able to enjoy yourself and keep the lb's coming off. Just keep in mind your overall goal and don't go overboard.