“What the hell do I do with my time if I can’t go out to eat or drink on the weekends?”
That’s the question a lot of us are asking ourselves right about now. Usually this is the time where we start to plan our Friday night happy hours at the bar, our Saturday date nights with dinner and drinks, or our Sundays full of beer, chicken wings, and football.
It goes without saying that most of these things will be off limit this weekend (you can still watch football of course), but that still doesn’t answer the question of how we will choose to fill that extra time.
The last thing we want you to do is spend the weekend on the couch, bored out-of-your-mind, thinking about all the things you CAN’T eat, drink, or do. If you associate eating healthy with not being able to have fun on the weekends, it won’t be long before you will be back to your old ways.
Remember, we want you to embrace the Superhuman30 and to really enjoy it, and a big part of that is to find ways to make the lifestyle work FOR you, not AGAINST you. At the very least, ENJOY the fact that you don’t have to be stuck in bed all day with a nasty hangover. Or notice how much fuller your wallet feels without frequenting a bar or restaurant.
But more importantly, use the weekend to explore a few new things that you would never have time for during the work week.
Here are some ideas to get you started. Think of these less as suggestions and more as ASSIGNMENTS.
1. Find a Local Farmer’s Market and Go Shopping!
I was eating Paleo for months before I decided to branch off and see what my local farmers’ markets could offer. When I finally built up the motivation to check one out, I actually wrote a blog post about what a life changing experience it was. I was exaggerating only slightly in the post, but when you combine your new Paleo outlook with a few trips to a good Farmer’s Market, you may find it to be just as life changing as I did. It will give you a much greater respect for your food, and it will likely save your wallet too. Do a Google search or ask some friends, to find one near you.
2. Cook A Meal That You Wouldn’t Dare Attempt During The Week!
If you’ve been keeping up with the blog and Facebook group all week, there are likely a few recipe ideas that have caught your eye that you haven’t tried yet. There’s no better time than the weekend to experiment and make something for the first time. Kale chips, cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, fish tacos, egg salad, and baked sweet potato fries are all great ideas that come to mind right away. Or maybe you just want to recreate your chicken wings and guacamole in a more Paleo-friendly format for Saturday and Sunday’s NFL playoff games. Shop and plan one or two new dishes this weekend and you will likely find that most of these recipes are not nearly as hard as they seem.
3. Sleep More! You deserve it!
Stay in bed longer? How easy is that? Sleep is such an important part of our overall health, yet we typically ignore it for so many other areas of our lives. Make it a point to get at least 9 hours of sleep each night, and do it by getting to bed before 11, not by sleeping in until noon.
4. Play like a kid again!
Remember when you used to go outside and play just because it was fun? It’s kind of sad to think that most of us limit our physical activity to what can be done in a gym or on a treadmill. There are a lot more fun things we could be doing outside instead, and most of them don’t even feel like exercise. Ultimate Frisbee, pickup basketball, tennis, a round of golf, beach volleyball, tossing the football, or just going for a walk are way more entertaining than being trapped indoors all day. Not to mention the added boost of Vitamin D you will get from a little sun exposure. Plan an outdoor activity this weekend strictly for fun, and you will likely find that you aren’t quite as old and washed up as you once thought you were.
5. Bulk Up for the Week!
Its tough finding time to cook during a busy work week. Ease the pressure by using your Sunday evening to cook in bulk for the week ahead. You can even do this while watching football or getting stuff done around the house. Just throw some burgers on the grill or some chicken in the oven and set a timer. By the time you eat all your pre-prepared food, you will already be well into week 2 and looking forward to the next weekend.
**I think this last point deserves special recognition…don’t forget to INCORPORATE YOUR FRIENDS. If eating healthy means your relationships suffer, then you are setting yourself up for failure. It won’t be long before you will have to choose between your health and your friends. This is a decision no one should ever have to make.**
Schedule a few of these things right away so you have something to look forward to this weekend. Think about how much better you are going to feel on Monday morning after a weekend of eating healthy, playing outside, and sleeping good. Set some goals and focus on getting more out of your weekend, instead of letting the weekend take more out of you.
We look forward to having you still on board Monday morning! Enjoy the weekend!