Plan an activity with friends and family
During your birthday, your family and friends may look to you to make plans like going out for a drink, but maybe alternatively suggest a birthday activity, some ideas are:
- A long walk
- A yoga class
- A dance class
- Crazy golf
- Adventure park
Replace the alcohol
During your birthday, why not try and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol? There are plenty of alcohol free ranges in supermarkets and local bars. An alcohol-free beverage has become more and more popular over recent years, and we suspect they will only become more popular as more and more people want to start avoiding alcohol as part of a healthier lifestyle.
Alternatively, reach for the mocktail section of the menu, however be aware that they still may be high in calories, however they won’t contain the hidden calories alcohol carries at least.
Avoid food related gifts
Let your family and friends know that you are following a diet or a weight loss plan so that they can be conscious not to buy you any chocolate or sweets during your birthday.
At work you may receive a birthday gift, and so leading up to your birthday, maybe hint to your colleagues that you wouldn’t want any chocolate, and you would instead prefer gifts such as beauty toiletries, skincare gifts or accessories, such as a scarf or gloves.
If you do get a big box of chocolates at work, open them straight away and send them around the office. We guarantee when the box returns to you, we doubt you will have many chocolates from your selection left (and you will get brownie points from your work mates too!)
Tweak your diet plan
Maybe you usually follow the exante 800 plan of 800 calories a day? Maybe for your birthday, be kind to yourself and decide beforehand that on your birthday, or birthday week, you will follow the exante 1200 plan, whilst you may not lose as much weight as the exante 800 plan, you are allowing yourself more calories every day which will feel like a treat if you are usually following the exante 800 plan, but it means you will still feel like you are following the exante plan and it will avoid you ‘falling off the wagon’ which can seriously de-motivate you from continuing on with your successful weight loss plan.
Treat yourself to a birthday reward
Challenge yourself to stay on plan for your birthday, and maybe promise to treat yourself to something special if you stick to the plan? A reward for yourself, as well as the feeling of pride you will gain from staying motivated will hopefully be enough to keep you on track.