Every week, every weekend, and every day, we are faced with choices. Even when it feels like we have no choice, we still have options. The alternative may not be easy, which is why we sometimes limit ourselves by saying we have no choice. But the truth is, we always have a choice.
We choose our routines, schedules, habits, and the moments we are in. Each action, or lack thereof, is followed by consequences.
Choose to show up for yourself, both now and in the future.
- If that means enjoying good food, good company, and lots of laughter this weekend, that sounds wonderful! Just make sure you’re okay with the aftermath.
- If that means dedicating time to meal prep, training, and disciplined work this weekend, that sounds wonderful too! Just make sure you’re okay with the consequences.
- If it means finding a balance between the two, that’s great as well! Just be mindful of what follows.
Choose what is best for you now and for the future you.
How to not let your weekend become your weak end if you do not want it to be.
- Plan ahead. Organize your social events, make time for yourself, and prepare for the upcoming week. Design your life rather than leave it to chance.
- Maintain a regular sleep routine. Prioritize rest and restoration, ensuring you get enough sleep.
- Stay present and mindful. Eat at tables, engage in meaningful conversations, and be fully present in the moment.
- Stay active. Take advantage of the weekend to spend time outdoors and enjoy activities outside of your home.
- Avoid the “cheat day” mindset. Instead, make choices consciously, considering how you will feel about them later. No regrets.
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables. Snack on healthy options to balance out any indulgent meals you may have outside of the home.
- Stay hydrated. Water is essential for your body’s well-being. Remember to replenish your water intake, especially if you consume alcoholic beverages.
- Connect with others. Spend time with loved ones, nourishing the human connection we all need. If food is involved, consider bringing healthy options, eating beforehand to curb hunger, or planning your meals in advance.
- Establish a routine to set yourself up for the upcoming week. You don’t have to spend hours meal prepping on a Sunday, but preparing yourself well in advance can be highly beneficial. Remember, “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” – James Clear
The ultimate goal is to be at peace with the outcomes of our choices. You make choices now for both your present self and your future self. They are not inherently right or wrong, good or bad, weak or strong, fast or slow. They are simply your choices, and you are the one who must fully live with the consequences.