You've worked out every single day this week!
Your nutrition has been on point!
Way to go!
You've tracked your macros, disciplined yourself, and met your goals this week!
You should be super proud of yourself!
And, now....It's Fri-Yay!
Time to loosen the reins, right? You've certainly earned it, right? Time to relax a little, go out with friends, have that second glass of wine, eat that big meal (and appetizer), finish it off with dessert, and then eat the donuts at Sunday School.
...You'll get back on track first thing Monday morning....
But, see, here's the thing - don't let the weekends be the time to TORCH YOUR HOUSE!
Think of a builder. He works all week hammering the wood to create an awesome foundation for his new home.. He's precise in his work, sweats all day long in the heat from 7AM - 7PM focusing on all the details to get it just right.
He steps back and looks at the progress he's made in just one short week - it's awesome and truly satisfying. Before getting in his car to head home for the weekend, he douses his new home with gasoline, lights a match....and sets his house on fire. Why would he do that??!!!
He shows back up Monday morning. Sure, the foundation is there, but it's charred. Some of the wood will have to be replaced. Granted, he doesn't have to start COMPLETELY from scratch, but he's got a long way to go to get it back to where it was.
See where this is going?
Your body is the house. You've worked hard, stayed disciplined and tracked all week, but Friday comes and we relax for THREE DAYS!!! We stop tracking, eat a little more here and there, and maybe even skip the workout. We look at the scale Monday morning and wonder where it all went wrong. Even worse, we look at the scale three months later and wonder why our progress is so slow.
If you have a goal, whether it be to reduce body fat or increase muscle, or heck - even maintain, don't let the weekends be an excuse to derail your goals. Trust me, torching the house on the weekends will not keep you in maintenance for very long. Eating poorly and not tracking 3/7 days, will lead to fat gain...it just will. We have to keep ourselves in check - especially when it comes to the portion sizes on the Standard American Diet.
Can you celebrate special occasions?
Can you enjoy the company of your friends and family?
Can you enjoy the foods you love?
Can you cut loose and live fancy free half the week and expect to see progress?
It's just that simple.