Who’s ready for a holiday weekend!?
I know I am! It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like summer here in South Dakota…it’s been a long time coming!
With summer comes lots of fun weekends, especially when there’s a holiday involved. This year, we lucked out. Because the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, we get a FOUR day weekend. While this might make you scared your goals will go out the window, I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to!
First off, my name is Rachael! I’m a mom of six, and I help moms lose weight, gain confidence, and increase their energy. Even if you don’t think you’ve got the time to do that, I promise you it’s something you’re able to create for yourself.
I know life can get crazy, which is why I like to share tips that are easy to follow and implement into your day to day life. Today, as you probably could have guessed, we’re talking about preparing for the holiday weekend!
For a lot of us, it becomes a challenging time when we try to plan meals and fit in workouts during these crazy weekends of activities. A lot of the times my clients will say, “You know what? Screw it. I’m going to eat badly and skip my workouts, and I’ll get back to it Monday.”
As tempting as that may sound, I really want to encourage you not to let that happen this time. There are things that you can do that are going to help you be successful through that long weekend where there are picnics and barbecue. These are things that will let you enjoy AND still feel good about how you did with your health and fitness.
Shall we begin?
Step One: Decide you’re going to succeed.
Start telling yourself right now that this is going to be a success for you. Change your thoughts about the Fourth of July weekend – it doesn’t have to be a throwaway weekend! Change your mindset and decide that you are going to be successful. That is the number one thing that you can do. As soon as you decide that you’re going to be successful, you’re one step closer to being successful.
Step Two: Plan, plan, plan!
When it comes to planning what you’re going to eat and when you’re going to do your work outs, you’re going to need to make those decisions ahead of time. Think about what you’ll have available to you foodwise. Maybe your plan is to say, “I’m deciding right now ahead of time that I am going to have a spoonful of French onion dip, a handful of chips, a spoonful of the snickers dessert, and everything else I eat is going to be fruits, veggies and protein.” I’m not talking about meal planning, but rather just preparing yourself. When you plan ahead and you decide what you’re going to do when faced with a tricky situation, you are more likely to make a better decision.
If you’re someone that loves a good summer drink on a patio, I’m not telling you to say NO to alcohol altogether, but rather decide ahead of time what you’re going to have. When you tell yourself you’re not going to drink at all, you’ll end up doing it anyway and then because you did it once, you might end up doing it a lot. Plan for one beer a day, or three beers on the holiday itself and none the rest of the weekend.
My weakness when it comes to these holidays and events is s’mores. I’ve talked about it before, but I loooove me some s’mores! Back in the day when I used to say, “I’m not going to have any smores,” I would end up eating three. Now, I decide I’m going to have one every single night of the weekend. I’m going to stick to that!
Step Three: Fit in the Workouts
Before you start listing the excuses in your head, don’t! I am a firm believer that no matter how busy you are, you CAN fit in at least a 30-minute workout every day. Whether that’s taking a 30-minute walk or run in the morning, doing Beachbody on demand, trying kickboxing, or whatever that looks like for you! There are tons of workouts that don’t need extra equipment that you can do from your camp site, your friend’s basement, outside, wherever! You can do them in the morning before all the festivities happen at your house.
For us, we live on a lake, so we often end up with the festivities at our house. One important thing I do is make sure that I get up in the morning and do my work out before it all starts. Plan that ahead of time as well. If you plan for that workout, you’re not going to skip it because it’s in your calendar. Even if you drank too much the night before (we’ve all been there), get up and go for a walk. It’s less about doing a strenuous workout and more about keeping your body moving and in the habit of exercise.
Step Four: Don’t Beat Yourself Up
This one is the simplest of all! If you screw it up, if you decide you’re going to have one beer and you have three, don’t beat yourself up. I want you to change your thoughts about what screwing up feels like. Big deal – you drink too many beers. Your thought can be, “Wow, I can do better next time,” or your thought can be, “Well at least I only had three instead of seven.” Whatever your thought is, I want you to change it to something positive so you feel okay about that slip-up.
The bottom line is that we all screw up. God forbid my mom makes that seven-layer dip – I go nuts over that stuff! We’re all going to screw up, but it’s okay because we are human beings. If you beat yourself up over it, it’s just going to keep happening over and over again. Change your thoughts about yourself, change how you feel about those screw-ups, and your results will be different.
That’s it – now you’re ready to ENJOY your holiday weekend and feel confident about the choices you make. I hope this was helpful to you!
I’d love for you to share this with anybody that is having a Fourth of July celebration or to help with any of the long weekends happening this summer. These tips will help them and you – we all need a little accountability!
If you struggle with keeping commitments, I’ve got a resource I want to share with you. I created a FREE commitment tracker that will help you stay more committed on a day to day basis – check it out HERE. You can print it out on a sheet of paper, laminate it, and then you’ve got a tracker for every single day of the year that you can write on.
I’m rooting for you, mama! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’ve got questions or want to talk through this holiday weekend coming up. Don’t forget your goals.
Schedule it in and plan for it. Do all the things that are going to make you successful!
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