There’s been a small detour.
Pizza. Pasta. Fried chicken. Alcohol. Oh my!
I’ve fallen off the wagon so to speak for the last two and a half-ish weeks with both my eating and exercising, resulting in weight gain.
I don’t think it has helped that I’ve also started seeing a guy — we’ll call him P — during this time. Most of our activities have revolved around food and with seemingly little opportunity for non-food-related and non-house bound dates due to the Coronavirus.
Giving in to all the tempting foods. Saying to myself that it’s okay to still eat poorly even when we’re not together because I’ve already messed up on my diet.
It’s all a way for me to avoid the problem — my horrible diet.
Add in the current pandemic, and we have a perfect storm for peak laziness.
How can you stay on track with health journey and date?
1. Get Out of the House
This one might be a little tricky, depending on if your stay at home orders are still in place wherever you are. However, ours are slowly being lifted and more and more stores are starting to open up again.
Saying goodbye to Netflix & chill and getting out of the house is good, for not only your physical but also mental health.
2. Get Active
Choose fun activities that you can do together like running, dancing, hiking, biking, or even just going for a walk around your neighborhood and/or city. These not only add a little variety to your dates but also get you active and moving together.
3. Cook at Home
Whether it’s trying out a new healthy recipe together or getting creative and cooking a meal a la Chopped style, cooking together can be a great (and tasty) activity to do together instead of ordering takeout or going out to eat. It also makes staying on track with your diet changes a little easier because you still have control over what goes into the dish.
4. Plan It Out
This might seem so simple, but planning for an unhealthy meal or two when you’re with your partner. This helps you avoid the surprise of going over your daily/weekly calorie goals when it comes down to mealtimes.
Whether that means eating a little less the day before and after seeing your partner or exercising more on those days, finding a way to counter-balance the
5. Talk About It
This one might seem a little daunting, but if your goal is to lose weight while you’re seeing someone, talk about it with them.
Being open about your weight loss goals can help align the kinds of activities that you do together. While this might not be the best thing to bring up on a first date, but if you’re regularly seeing someone, it’s worth discussing together.
Their support can help make staying on track easier.