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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to Be Healthy without Being Anti-Social?

I’m sure it has happened to you many times, you get together with friends or family and BAM your healthy eating habits go out the window faster than those one armed bandits collect your money in casinos!

You can recover...can he?

Being, that I just finished a great 5 day visit from my parents, I thought this was the perfect time to do this post.  That coupled with the fact that I'm sure you are, like my clients, frequently finding yourself in fun, social settings that are full of positives…the reality is that one of those positives is typically not “I worked out and ate just like should and lost 5 lbs”.

Looks appealing on the surface?
So the question here is…

How do I have fun and be social without totally blowing my eating and exercise plan out of the water?

The first thing you have to realize is that YOU AREN’T GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE PERFECT!

On the other hand, this is not permission to go hog wild and become a gluttonous couch potato every time someone asks you to go for drinks or hang out.

The key is, like at any other time, have a plan going in.  If you are thinking you can wing it, then you are either super disciplined and none of this is ever an issue (.5% of people…not you!) or you are in denial (and okay with that…99.5% of people…this is you and me many times).

He plans to get organized
What does having a plan involve?
  1. Prioritizing your fitness goals and what you can handle and remain on track.  (in other words, if you need to lose 50 lbs you can’t afford a bunch of cheat meals and slacking, the way you may be able to if you’re 5 lbs from your goal)
  2. Knowing yourself, your tendencies, and those of the people you’re going to be with.  THIS IS HUGE!
  3. Decide on a simple plan that will keep you from going to off the deep end, and keep you from being labeled the health freak!

Remember, keep things simple, and you'll maximize follow through.  Research shows that when you have one new habit there will be 85% compliance, 2 habits compliance drops to 35% and 3 habits compliance is a pathetic 10% or less.


Screwing up several things at once

Add 1 habit at a time and only focus on this until you get it down.  Hey, when you are under peer pressure, maintaining one habit will be hard enough.

Now, I’ll share with you my practical experience from my recent visit by my parents…who FYI are not on either extreme…but definitely aren’t as fanatical as I can be about food and exercise.

The one thing I decided right away, was that I would eat some things that I normally wouldn’t (bread, potatoes, liquid calories (yes some alcohol) and that I wouldn’t get to exercise in the same way I normally do (lift weights and do Zumba).

Hey, you can go to the places your loved ones like and still find something you can eat…it may not be perfect, but neither is anything in life.

Sounds healthy?

Lets get down to details…here’s where we went and here’s what I ate…

The Red Tractor – Apple, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad (yes I had dressing)
Zorns – Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, coffee  (good FAT is not bad)
Denica’s – Strawberry Fields Salad – (I ate everyone’s mixed greens :)
BJ’s Brewhouse – Pork Chop, Potatoes, Green Beans (from the under 600 cal menu)
Rising Loafer – French Toast, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs (some great French toast!)
Café Main – Steak Chopped Salad (flat bread involved)

The sign says it all!

Tomatina’s – Sausage and Cheese Pizza, Wine (too much bread)
Whole Foods – Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Hash browns (always a great standby)
Napa Hamburger Company – Avocado cheeseburger, lemonade (fresh squeezed)
Meadowlark Dairy – Ice Cream Cone (can’t beat $2 ice cream cones)
Ruggies – Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes, Coffee (are you seeing a theme)
Red Smoke Grill – Tri-Tip, Beans, Garlic Potatoes (some really good tri-tip)
Five Guys – Cheeseburger, French Fries (they gave us 5lbs of fries – we threw out most)
McDonalds – Hot Fudge Sundae – (the best thing they have)

this looks like weight watchers
And yes I did work out with weights on Saturday morning, and we played golf Friday…no cart, walked all over Sausalito on Sunday, the Good Guys Car Show Saturday, and walked at the Pleasanton Sports Park on Monday

Are the doors welded shut?

When I got on the scale to do my weight and body fat tonight, Tuesday night, I haven’t increased in either.

So don’t freak out because you veer off course a bit…just as life isn’t linear…being fit isn’t either!

When you begin to doubt and things get tough…remember, you’ll be tested…so persist.  It’s the process, the journey that you’ll remember, not your goal but how you felt on the way and when you finally reached it!

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