Like most people I work Monday through Friday with weekends off. I know, some of you don't have the same schedule as me but we all have our days off, right? Well, for most of my working life, I view the weekend as a time for fun, entertainment, socializing with friends, and eating. Now that I'm older the focus is mostly on eating with visions of mexican food, chips and salsa, and Dove bars.
During the week I have this mindset of eating healthy and following the plan I've chosen to lose weight and usually, I don't feel tempted. But by Friday evening I start thinking about eating something "special" or "fattening." Like I owe it to myself to have something special since I've worked so hard or I've cleaned house. I've earned the right to go out or order in or buy something non-diet by gosh and I'm hell-bent on making sure I get what I deserve! I reward myself for eating healthy all week by eating unhealthy foods on the weekend. There is something terribly wrong with how my brain thinks about this!
Last weekend I decided to have a food fest to shock my system?! What the crap kind of thinking was that? I loaded up on salty and fatty foods (Tex-Mex, cookies, candy, popcorn, etc.) and came away gaining almost 4 lbs. Oh, yeah, it was such a nice reward!
You might say that this week I had an "Aha!" moment. It occurred to me that my thinking is really screwed up if by rewarding myself I'm actually sabotaging my efforts at losing this weight! Profound, ain't it?! Rocket science should have been one of my goals for sure! I've spent this week taking off the pounds that my reward last weekend cost me.
I'm going to learn from this and move on. My weekend eating needs to be as healthy as my weekday eating. My reward system needs a serious makeover. I don't have any extra money so I need to come up with rewards that are not costly and not food. Please, please, please share any ideas or ways you reward yourself that don't involve food. I need some help retraining my brain to not look at food as a reward.
Have a good weekend and if the weather is good to you, ride, walk, or jog outside! Eat your veggies and don't forget to put your clock ahead one hour!