I am reminded of something Anthony Robbins once said, that ‘people spend their entire week wishing it away in order to get to a 2 day period, during which they do things to their body that stops them from remembering it’.
And I’m sure, if that doesn’t apply to you, you know of people who it does.
Chances are (being on this site) you have a goal. Be it fat loss, muscle building or toning, you want to achieve. And hopefully, if you have read my other posts, you have an emotional attachment to that goal.
But often even the most driven people continue with the idea that, if they push hard all week and eat healthy, they earn the right to splurge. Maybe it’s just one night per week or a couple per month.
However, what I would like people to understand is that one night per week isn’t simply the sum total of that night.
A few drinks and junk food on a Friday usually leads to poor sleep, dehydration (which puts a strain on the activity of your liver – compromising its ability to mobilise stored fats) and a long lie.
Activity levels on Saturday are then, like it or not, at a lower level. Your system is still working hard to reset (so digestion and fat burning remain compromised).
Then there is the craving for fried food or more savoury junk food. That, in turn, leaves you feeling poor for most of the day with the idea of eating something nutritious or healthy being the furthest thing from your mind.
You may try hitting the gym, but your level is not at its usual standard. You might laugh it off gaining lots of sympathy from those who have been there before, but that isn’t getting the work done and is simply a sub-standard session.
You probably haven’t consumed enough water to fully re-hydrate.
Later you may prepare a higher quality meal, but either over eat (mistaking thirst for hunger) or not eat enough, as you still feel a touch fragile.
At night, you may consider a ‘hair of the dog’ remedy to carry you through, when actually an early night would be preferable.
Come Sunday, you may feel better, but given your sub-optimal Saturday, chances are you are still not firing on all levels.