The Mardi Gras Challenge

The first week of the challenge has flown by and the support of my teammates has been wonderful. But if you’re anything like me you are becoming increasingly concerned with the imminent approach of Mardi Gras. While the season is already underway, the part I am most concerned about is that stretch from Thursday of Muses (my favorite parade) to Fat Tuesday. I’ve put together a list of things I’m going to try doing to avoid losing progress during this chaotic time. Hopefully, they’ll help you too!

Plan Your Parades

Now that I am a mid-city resident I plan on going all out for Endymion. For me that means a day off—not worrying about calorie consumption or working out. I can’t wrap my head around a Mardi Gras without a purple haze in my hand so I’m encouraging a cheat day. If this method doesn’t work for you, opt for a healthier route during the whole week. Just know your body and know your mind. If you know a cheat day will set you off for the whole week—don’t participate. If you think following a strict meal plan during Mardi Gras isn’t realistic, follow a more “everything in moderation” approach.

Limit the King Cake

My rule of thumb this year is one piece at the beginning of the season (Jan 6th) and one piece at the end of the season on Fat Tuesday (Feb 9th). An average slice of king cake has about 343 calories, 13 g fat, 52 g carbs, 25 g sugar. And that is just ONE SLICE!!! Consume no more than one-two slices per season so you can have your cake and eat it too!

Fuel up

Most years during Mardi Gras I find myself moving from pregame to parade to concert with few stops in between. It’s really important to eat breakfast to get your fuel for the day. Try to eat a meal that includes all of the food groups. Eggs with avocado on whole wheat toast is a good option or a bowl of oatmeal. Also, don’t forget to pack a snack! A protein bar or almonds are easy options to carry with you throughout the day.

Drink Water

Mardi Gras falls early this year which means it is going to be COLD. While it may be tempting to reach for the hot cocoa or Irish coffee, remind yourself to drink plenty of water. You’ll be able to tackle the week more readily if you aren’t dehydrated.

Find your High BEFORE you Get Down

Be sure to stop by the studio and sweat it out before you head out for the day! During Mardi Gras we will be open:

2/4 Thursday: Open until 6:15 pm
2/5 Friday: Regular schedule
2/6 Saturday: Open 8:00 am-11:45am
2/7 Sunday: Open 8:30am-10:45am
2/8 Monday: Open 9:00am-11:30am,  5:15pm-6:15pm
2/9 Tuesday: Closed