It doesn't matter how hard you try to stick to your routine. You've been really good about eating those greens and knocking back those smoothies like they're going out of style all week. You even managed to drag yourself to yoga class even though it left your legs feeling like jelly. But once the weekend rolls around, everything flys out of the window. Goodbye mountain pose and hello mimosas!
Why is it that all it takes is just one brunch to mess up our #bodygoals plans? It's almost like we spend so much time, money and effort into eating right, only to put a wrench in our progress. If this sounds like you, here are surefire ways to shed those pounds—and keep them off.
1. Your Fitness Squad 💪 is Your Biggest Resource
Studies have shown that you're more likely to lose weight when someone else is holding you accountable. Having a gym buddy will keep you motivated and force you to hit your fitness goals. If you don't already have one, you should check out different Facebook groups where you can trade weight loss secrets.
2. Speaking of Friends, Redefine Your Hangouts
Instead of sticking to your usual routine of a movie and dinner, why not switch things up? Organize a get together at the gym or go hiking. A squad that sweats together, slays together 👏🙌✌️. #FitFam
3. Plan around Your Cheat Meal 🍽
If you know that you're going out with friends or your special guy later in the day, make sure you eat a balanced breakfast. This will curb any guilt you have over ordering that dessert that was just too delicious to turn away. This is the best way to get your eat on without ruining your diet.
4. Plan Your Order Ahead of Time ✔️
This follows the same concept as the above tip. Check out the online menu for that new place down the street *before* you head out. Not only will it save you time, you'll also feel less tempted to order more food just because your friend does.
5. Shake off the Stress That Follows You 24/7 and Make Room for Some Quality Me-time
Go get that mani pedi you've been putting off for weeks. Join hot yoga. Try out that zumba fusion class that looks like it'll simultaneously be the best and worst thing that's ever happened to your arms 💪. Whatever the case, use your time away from work wisely and do something that'll keep your body active (and chase the stress away).
6. Treat Yo Self with One (and Only One) Fancy Drink 🍹
Has this ever happened to you? You're out with your girls when you realize happy hour equals good deals. You promise yourself that you're only going to order one drink. Before you know it, there are five glasses lining the table. Want to know a trick? Splurge on *one* fancy/pricey drink 🍷 instead. That way, you're still treating yourself but showing your wallet some respect, too 👊!
7. Meal Prep for the Week or Check out That New Recipe You've Been Dying to Try 🍳
You know that vegan, low calorie recipe you pinned awhile ago and keep clicking over and over again? Now is your time to take it for a test drive. Or if you're an early bird, you can plan out your snacks for the week. Happy eating!