i am still learning how to manage food, because i hate it when i work out and eat well all week only to erase all my hard work come the weekend with alcohol and eating out. so here are a few guidelines i use so that i can do it all and not feel deprived.
~sweat everyday. whether it be a gym workout, run, walk, workout at home, etc.
~weeknights are for low carb meals, consisting of a protein and plenty of veggies
~eat consistently: breakfast = protein bar, lunch = salad or lean cuisine, high protein snacks or fresh fruit or veggie options, dinner = protein and veggies
~plan out your week! i know that i have to be prepared for wine night with my girls and of course any other social activities during the week. this week is a good example; tonight we have jarad's birthday dinner with friends at buffalo wild wings and another dinner out with friends on thursday. i know that i will have to increase my work outs and plan ahead what i will order, so i don't go overboard. also avoid the bread basket and chips and salsa, those can be lots of empty calories.
~weekends are a bit more relaxed with food choices, but we usually have a lot of social obligations which means food and alcohol. so my goal is to try what i want, but not to over indulge on anything. and if we are planning on eating out, i like to just do one meal out a day.
~if you go out and the portions are huge, eat half and take the rest home for another meal. don't come to the restaurant overly hungry and don't leave uncomfortable stuffed.
~have snacks in your purse or at your desk to avoid making bad decisions when you are getting low blood sugar.
~sometimes when my boss leaves the office i will do a little workout, even if it is just a few pushups, planks or some sit ups. and walks are good too to get refocused during the work day, wilfred appreciates it too.
little changes can have a big impact and i can only try my best each day to not be tempted and make good choices and get my exercise in. it's not easy but i love the way i feel!