So you’ve made your goals, you’ve outlined your plan of attack.. you’re more active, you’re planning, recording and preparing your meals, and you feel GREAT! …then the phone rings and it’s your bestie calling with plans for the night out. What to do, what to do…?!?!?! Goals don’t just happen, they’re earned …you know it and you’re not falling short this time.
Biggest mistakes a lot of people make when they begin a new “lifestyle” approach: 1. You write off all social gatherings to avoid the enticement of unwanted calories. 2. You go to those social gatherings, saying “to F with it”….and another goal bites the dust… If this “goal” that you’ve outlined follows SMAART, then chances are it’s a permanent change where finding a balance in life can be challenging.
Unless you’re prepping for a bodybuilding event, photoshoot, or some sort of athletic/aesthetic event that requires ridiculously strict dieting and training, then putting your calorically-based social life in the ground should not necessarily be part of the plan. So you’ve planned… a “cheat” night hopefully? Life happens, and if you live in the 21st century, then nearly every social event revolves around some sort of food, and or beverage, and many times the beverage is alcohol….which can lead to unplanned grazing of unwanted foods. Know your agenda. Know when you have work/social events, family gatherings, Girl’s (or Boy’s) Night Out, weekends away, and PLAN for them. If it’s an event where you can bring your food, eat before and/or after, then do so. Find out what type of food, if any, will be served. You may be able to incorporate it into your daily intake without skipping a beat. Don’t make it a cheat unless you’ve planned it…and then make it worth it!
Instead of feeling like you’re depriving yourself at and from these events, try to think of what you CAN have and do that DOES complement your new lifestyle. Empower your circle of friends and try to create a support network within them. A lot of times friends become threatened by a new lifestyle because they don’t feel involved in your life anymore.. You’re motivated, making changes and they feel like they’re losing their partner in crime…their “late-night-wawa-hoagie-drunk-run buddy” after a night out on the town. If your goals require a lifestyle change, then empower your friends or significant other(s) to join you; no one likes to be left out ;o). Chances are, if they’re true good friends, even if they don’t want to join you, they’ll support you, they’ll admire your will to change, and help hold you accountable to your own goals….