Don't Let a Long Weekend Derail Your Weight Loss

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With a three-day weekend approaching, I've been thinking about how I'm going to survive the parties and grilling and stay on track with my weight loss. But then I remembered that I was successful on the Fourth of July, so Labor Day weekend should bring no problems. Here is a four-step strategy that helped me in July and that I plan to follow again this weekend. See if it helps you successfully stick to your diet too.

1. Stay healthy most of the time to make indulgences count. One of the habits I've had to break this year is treating every weekend like a holiday. Instead I make healthy choices most of the time so I can enjoy the occasional treat when I do dig in. 

2. Make your own lower-calorie options (that you enjoy). I've realized that tasty treats don't have to be full of calories. My husband and I have traded the beer and wine for sparkling water and lime. We enjoy it so much we don't even miss our formerly high-calorie imbibing.  

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3. Keep healthy food in the house. My family currently has a "no eating out" challenge so we can save money and keep up our healthy eating habits. This week we went shopping and loaded up on healthy veggies and protein for grilling meals.  

4. Spend time with friends and family by exercising. My husband has been traveling a lot this year, so I want to spend as much time as possible with him. Since the weather has been nice it's easy to go for bike rides and runs and, bonus, that's something the entire family can participate in. 

5. Find an activity that keeps you active and lets you enjoy yourself but doesn't revolve around diet and exercise. One side of me wants to lie around all weekend and do nothing, but that's not very helpful for my weight-loss strategy or my household. My husband and I decided that our big plan for the long weekend is to get the yard in order. Find an activity like this that keeps you fairly active but lets you enjoy yourself in the meantime. You don't have to run 10 miles to stay happy, healthy, and keep working toward your weight-loss goals this weekend. 

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