This isn’t typical trainer talk but in my view it’s okay and even healthy to go off plan from time to time. In my experience one of the secrets to losing the weight and keeping it off is cutting yourself some slack now and again. Developing healthy habits is hard work and takes a toll on the mind, body and soul so yes give yourself a break! The key is to avoid getting carried away :).
Tamara, have you ever noticed that the longer you allow yourself to be off, the harder it is to get back on track? I have so I have to watch it. My rule of thumb is that my “vacation” does not exceed 3-4 days. After that, it’s time to get back to business. That means by the Monday after Thanksgiving, you and I should be back “on plan.”
A point of clarification: Remember that even when you are off plan, you’re not going hog wild. We’re talking going at most 10-15% over your typical daily calorie limit. If you’re normally working with 1,500 calories, you now have 1,650-1,7225. Just enough to give you a little more freedom but not enough to derail your transformation.
Want more freedom? You can't have your cake and eat it too so there has to be a trade off. That means you need to move more so that you still keep your calories in check. You’re going to have to make some hard choices if you really want to reach your goals.
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Tomorrow I'll be back to wrap things up and wish you well for Thanksgiving. I'll also include the info on the Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday workouts. In the meantime, let's knock out our last decision point.
Decision Point #4: Set a “Stop Date”.
This is the day that you will go back to eating “on plan”. It should be no more than 4 days since you were last “on plan” unless you are willing to run the risk of gaining weight.
My stop date is ________________________. It is an adjustment but it will be worth it to accomplish my goal!
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