Counting Calories on Labor Day
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If you feel up to the challenge, you’re more than welcome to continue counting calories and trying to lose weight over Labor Day. Don’t feel obligated to, though.
Traditional diets fail because they’re overly restrictive. There’s a fine line between willpower and being unnecessarily prohibitive. You won’t want to keep trying to lose weight if you hate what you’re doing. You need to be able to eat “normal” foods and relax on occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.
While I’m only half joking, a good rule of thumb is that if FedEx takes the day off, then you should feel free to take a day off, as well.
You shouldn’t go out looking for excuses to stop counting calories, but you also need to be realistic. Please don’t limit yourself to 1,600, 2,000 calories or whatever your magic number is on Labor Day. Enjoy your food, family, and friends.
I’ll still be here on Tuesday when you’re ready to get back to work.