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  • Writer's pictureAli Naglee

Which way does your pendulum swing?

I'm not gonna lie, last week I indulged. I was on a beach vacation with my family and I ate the ice cream, the fried shrimp, and the most amazing housemade sticky buns at our hotels breakfast buffet...twice! But, I also packed my workout clothes and made it to the hotel gym before my family woke up a few times too. I wanted to enjoy the foods I normally don't eat, but I also didn't want to sabotage myself either.


Weekends come way more frequently than vacations do, but sometimes are treated the same when it comes to our nutrition. We tend to use weekends as an excuse to let loose and veer off from our normal, healthier, choices during the week. Personally, I used to do this. In fact, sometimes my "weekend mode" would start on Thursdays! If you think about it, Friday-Sunday make up 40% of our week. If you add in Thursday, that's almost 50%! It's no wonder we get frustrated that our goals aren't being met, we think "nothing works," and we want to give up.


Something that does work though, is using your weekends to your advantage. For example, if you use your weekends to catch up with friends, can you suggest meeting for a long walk instead of brunch? Could you take a yoga class together? Instead of going out for mimosas, can you try out a local smoothie shop? Also, don't feel obligated to say yes to everything you're invited to. If it's not on your heart, and you know it'll trigger some choices you'll regret the next day, then say no! It's really ok - I promise. Peer pressure can be challenging, but taking control of your choices is essential. Don't feel obligated to do something that doesn't align with your goals and values. Nobody can do this for you so it's up to you to take back control of your life.


Now, I'm definitely not one for deprivation and I love weekends as a time to unwind and relax, but thinking of them as a pendulum, in regards to your goals, might be a helpful reframe. Weekends can either push you closer or farther away from them. Finding that balance is crucial.


Remember, you have the ability to do and create what you want in life. Don't undo all the hard work you put into your diet and lifestyle M-F! Use the weekends to stack more of the healthier options you wish you had time to for during the week. Get creative, get your friends/family involved, and get back in control of your goals!


If I can help, reply back or schedule a free chat!



Talk soon,

Ali Naglee


Ali Naglee Wellness

Certified Holistic Health Coach

www.alinagleewellness.com


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