To millions of Americans, football is like religion and Superbowl Sunday is the most sacred of all sports-related holidays. Even if you’re not a huge football fan, there is a very strong possibility that you’re going to a party – that is if you’re not hosting one of your own. How many times have you been on track with eating great and working out regularly until you hit a bump in the road that throws you way off, only to get back in action days, if not weeks later? Don’t let this Sunday be an exception.

A Step-by-step Super (Bowl) Productive No-Guilt Workout Weekend

1. Weekend Morning Rituals

2. Weekend Afternoon Rituals

  • Keep drinking water.
  • Eat a normal-size lunch. Don’t “go light” because you know you’ll be eating more later. That’s not the plan!
    *Enjoy a healthy lunch, avoiding unneeded starches.
  • Snack healthy on plenty of fruits, vegetables, or even a homemade trail mix.
    *If you’re just cutting out refined sugar, you’ll probably crave it. Stay strong, my friends!

3. Weekend Evening Rituals

4. Weekend Party Rituals

  • If you’re not going to a party, you just had a really healthy weekend. If you’re going to a party, here are a few tips to keep you on track.
  • Fill Your Tank Before You Hit the Road:Don’t arrive to a party hungry. When you get hungry, the easiest thing to do is to reach for something refined and sugary to jack up your blood sugar levels (candy, crackers, pretzels, etc). Instead, grab a healthy snack before you leave the house. It’s more likely that you’ll be able to control your eating when you see a spread of amazing food.
  • Water, Alcohol, Water: While I’m not encouraging alcohol consumption, let’s face it – the beer industry advertises like crazy this time of year for a reason. If you’re not the designated driver and will be enjoying a drink or two, have a glass of water first, and then again in between every drink. You’ll stay hydrated and will feel fuller longer.
  • Avoid Mindless Eating: When you’re standing around talking, and a big bowl of chips is arms-reach from you, it’s easy to just grab a handful here and a handful there. Grabbing one or two chips will not kill you, but four, five or six handfuls could easily add up to several hundred calories.
  • Keep it in Perspective: Know that 3500 calories is equivalent to a pound. It’s not difficult to pack down an additional 1000+ calories without making an effort. A couple drinks (soda, beer or wine), a savory side dish, a dessert and a couple handfuls of something else – and you’re nearly there.

Thanks to everyone who has made the first couple days of The 29 Great Days Challenge a lot of fun. If you haven’t jumped in the contest yet, there is P-L-E-N-T-Y of time. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s the scoop. If you want to connect, but just haven’t had the chance, contest details are on my Facebook page. Personally, I’m more motivated to take a Zumba class, clear out my closets and run a little faster than I’ve ever been before.  The power of suggestion is huge.

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