T.G.I.F.

Group of friends having dinner outside.Thank Goodness It’s Friday is what is on everybody’s mind today.  It could be also due to the fact that it is pretty much everyone’s favorite day of the week – that is, unless we’re talking about Saturday.  As Friday afternoon draws nearer, everyone starts to consider how they can make this weekend an outstanding one.

For many, weekends can be the biggest temptation known to mankind.  These are the times we dread especially if we are maintaining diets – especially if the workweek gives us a better structure than the weekend does.

If eating junk food is a problem over the weekend, you can decrease cravings by adding some structure to your weekends as well. Try something that includes physical activity – a scheduled walk around the neighborhood with your family, taking a yoga class, joining a volleyball league, or even walking around the mall. Be careful if you choose the mall route though – the cookie or ice cream stands can be a serious temptation, and giving yourself a “reward” after your walk could set back you’re eating.

If your family tends to go out to dinner on Friday or Saturday nights, you don’t necessarily have to avoid the temptation of going. Get out with the family while the getting is good, and order one of the lower-calorie, better-for-you choices on the menu. If your family tends to go somewhere with heavier choices, speak up! You can do a ton for your health by asking you family to support your diet.

Weekends don’t have to be a make or break for you. The important thing is to get an idea of how you might “cheat” over the weekend, and curtail that behavior if possible.