Hello Beth’s Journey readers!
I’m Theodora from Losing Weight in the City! I blog about maintaining my 50-pound weight loss through running and (sort of) healthy eating while still having fun.
Beth and I first met in line for the bathroom at the National Half this spring and then ended up sharing a room at Fitbloggin’ (okay fine, that was totally planned–we didn’t meet in line and then randomly decide to room together).
If you read my blog for more than 2.5 seconds, you’ll realize that my favorite way to indulge is through a few cocktails. If you know anything about health, you also know that indulging in cocktails isn’t always waistline-friendly. But as a single lady in NYC, most socializing I do is over cocktails. Since Beth is newly single, she asked me to share with you how a single lady can maintain a 50-pound weight loss while going out frequently.
This, I am an expert on.
1. Eat better at home. There’s no way I could indulge both out and at home and maintain my weight, so I don’t cook particularly rich or unhealthy things at home–I save my indulgences for when I go out. I also rarely have a drink at home, leaving me a little more wiggle room for when I do go out.
2. Find something you like, but won’t drink as fast. For me, this is Chardonnay. I like it, but not as much as I like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, so I am more likely to sip it. I also usually stay away from mixed drinks at restaurants unless the restaurant is really known for its cocktails. (I also stay away from these cocktails because they’re usually more expensive, too.)
3. Eat like yourself on a date. If you usually get salad, then get a salad. If a guy makes fun of you for eating salad, laugh it off. On the other hand, don’t feel like you need to get a big steak and mashed potatoes if this isn’t something you’d usually eat.
4. Just say no to late-night food. You don’t really need it. I don’t believe that late-night Jumbo Slice does much more for your hangover than give you a terrible stomachache the next day and makes you feel bloated.
5. Bar snacks are covered in shit. Like, literally. Just picture people’s dirty hands reaching into those nuts, and I’m pretty sure you’ll stop picking on them.
6. Being hungover sucks. Since I started taking care of my health a few years ago, I’ve really started hating being hungover. I usually plan lots of activities on the weekends so that I don’t have time to be hungover, and I know when to stop. Most of the time this works 🙂
How do you balance an active social life with your health goals?