It’s Easy to Find Yourself Drinking Away Your Calories on a Friday Night!
By Hayley Eglash
Today’s nugget of thought is about considering how what you do on 2/7 days of the week affects the other 5/7 days. In other words, let’s talk about how your weekends may be impacting your physical and mental progress during the week. We all like to let loose on the weekends, but between catching up on your fav shows and hanging out with friends, it’s easy to treat yourself to more than a few big meals and even find yourself drinking calories by the hundreds at the trendy brewery, fancy winery, or your favorite hole-in-the-wall bar!
I will start off with my own experience in this department before spewing off advice. For the last four years, I have been lifting weights consistently, most recently at my beloved EōS Fitness, and eating what I would consider pretty healthy! This was especially true during the week.
As I am in my late 20’s, I want to have fun on the weekends. However, I began to notice just how much “fun” I was having. Eating dinner out on a Friday night would somehow inevitably turn into a couple of drinks to cap off the night, a lunch Saturday, and perhaps a brunch Sunday (don’t forget the mimosas!). I began to realize that the amount of “extras” I was having on the weekends were significantly stalling my progress in the gym during the week. Not only was I eating and drinking a ton of calories, but my sleep was being impacted, and my water intake was abysmal. For me, the meaning of consistency finally hit home. Consistency cannot just be for five days of the week every week, it must be a lifestyle.
Why Your Weekend Activities Matter
The story above is why I began to experiment with how much my weekends impacted the rest of my life. As I started to plot out my calorie intake, I was shocked by how many calories were pouring in during the weekend. I spend a lot of time in the gym, which gives me a good calorie leeway. I can still eat plenty of healthy meals and even sip a drink or two and still stay within my limits. However, when I started to calculate all my calories, I found that I was consuming and drinking nearly 2,000 calories over my weekly goal!
In other words, all the hard work I put in all week at the gym was pretty much canceled by a Friday night out on the town and a few too many mimosas at a Sunday brunch I didn’t need!
My problem wasn’t just with all the extra calories I was inadvertently consuming for the sake of “a little fun.” It also had to do with what I was putting in my body.
You are what you eat and drink!
As a dedicated fitness enthusiast, I put my body under considerable strain with every workout, and I depend on the foods I eat to give my body the energy, vitamins, and minerals it needs to repair my muscles and help me recover. My body can’t do that very well if its first priority is to detox from those extra glasses of wine I drank on Saturday!
How to Tighten Up Your Weekends to Tighten Up Your Tummy
I’m not here to preach — I am still young, and I believe in living a balanced life. That includes letting loose every so often and giving myself permission to have a good time. However, I do want to recognize and be aware of what I am putting into my body and how much I am consuming.
Personally, I am going to the extreme and doing a “Dry Month” next month to see how my body feels and improves. That doesn’t mean you have to follow me into this commitment or even do the same challenge. You can test yourself by cutting out one meal at a restaurant every week or having two drinks per drinking sesh rather than five. Whatever it may be, your body will thank you!
Overall, I encourage you to take some time to pick apart your weekday habits from your weekend habits. Definitely “treat yo-self,” but be careful of taking it to the extreme where you are only stalling your own goals. Drinking your calories could mean a fun Friday night but a miserable Saturday through Thursday as you keep wondering why the scale and the mirror aren’t reflecting all your hard work at the gym!
You are definitely welcome to join me with your own Dry Month or to create your own goal. I know you’ll do great, and I bet you’ll see some wonderful results by the end of the month! If you want to transform your body and hit your fitness goals even more quickly, consider joining a gym with great equipment, classes, and atmosphere. Personally, I love working out at EōS Fitness. Look for a location near you, and try them out with a seven-day free pass.
Hayley Eglash is a personal trainer and online fitness coach. She is an ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, ACE Certified Health Coach, and certified in ACE Functional Training. Learn more about Hayley on her blog HayleyFit.Wordpress.com or on Instagram @Hayley_Fit.