Weekends are something I used to look forward to and I still do, to a degree. But, as far as weight loss is concerned, they’re the absolute worst for me. You see, I don’t have a set routine on the weekend; I get out of and go to bed when I feel like it, don’t have a strict timeline to follow, and generally move at much slower, more relaxed pace. That’s what weekends are for, right? That’s not conducive to my weight loss because I’m off my routine.

Sleep Patterns

My sleep changes completely during the weekends because I don’t have to set an alarm. I love waking up naturally, except when I have to pee so bad I could float downstairs! It’s just the nature of the beast; we wake up early every day and look forward to sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, right? As it turns out, we shouldn’t do that. Why? Because it disrupts our body’s natural rhythm. What we’re supposed to do is go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day. I’m here to tell you right now – that’s not going to happen with me…unless I get to wake up naturally during the week, which I don’t.

No Routine

Yes, I have things that need to get done on weekends but I don’t adhere to a routine like I do during the week. It’s a much-needed break from the rigidity I set for myself. I’m nowhere near as productive, usually, on the weekends but the necessities get done. I do take Friday night and write down what I’d like to accomplish the next day but I don’t bust my ass to get it all done. As a working wife and mother, I’ve learned to take full advantage of downtime. The hubs and the kid visit his dad every Saturday so I have the house to myself for awhile. I use that time to workout since I don’t do that in front of the hubs, catch up on my shows on the DVR, or just chill out on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book.

Rest Day

Sunday is generally my rest and self-care day and it’s so difficult for me not to go to the comfort foods, especially during the winter when it’s so damn cold outside. While resting and taking care of myself isn’t a bad thing, I know how hard it is for me to get back into my normal routine on Monday, so I tend to fight it.

As the weeks have progressed, I’m getting better about the weekends and not falling back into old habits. I’m hoping that, once the weather ever warms up, things will be easier because I’ll be able to get outside more often. We’ve been on a few outings when the weather has been nice and I’ve gotten in some activity but it’s been hit or miss. How do you stay on track on the weekends?