Every year seems to be the same story...we pig out at Christmas only to be filled with regret and disappointment in January...what a terrible and wonderful of the year for a Yo-yo dieter.' Wonderful' because we all know that Christmas fun is a great excuse to pig out and 'terrible' because we all know that we will experience the inevitable feelings of despair come January.
Well, as you can see from my previous posts...I did the diet and I lost the weight. And guess what...4 months on and I am still the same weight...I did not gain anything back. So, yes...I am proof that this diet works...really works. I am not here to 'blow my own horn' so to speak. To change your life requires dedication and determination. But more importantly, it's the support that you get from people just like yourself, struggling with the same issues that will get you through.
So, this is the dilemma...Next week it's Christmas, and I don't want to go overboard. I have a really big incentive not to, because I am going on a fab holiday in January and I don't want to develop a muffin top to hang over my bikini bottoms! But more importantly, I don't want to lose my way. You see...it's not the gaining I am worried about...but the re-emergence of a pattern of losing and gaining and losing and gaining...Hell no! I am not going back to that old half life! I need to look after my health. And being a yo-yo dieter is super unhealthy. (As any yo-yo dieter would know).
So here I am, hoping that one of you guys on this forum would reply with some words of wisdom. It's not easy. Especially this time of year...but, if I think about it differently then perhaps I might make it through the festive season without acquiring a muffin top.
So, this is the plan: 1. I will continue to do my exercise. 2. I will do extra exercise 3. I will only enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve dinner and then a Christmas day lunch....no tins of celebrations...def. not going to use the excuse: 'Oh, it's Christmas.'
I Say this every year, but this year I really want to make a concerted effort: I want to think differently about Christmas....its not about the food or the presents ( and the food and presents are a big part of the commercialism that we buy into. Buying what we don't need and eating too much of what we shouldn't. Leaving us fat, sad and bankrupt in January) When really, Christmas is about love, family, peace and goodwill to all men....etc. etc. etc. But being strong in such a superfluous environment is not easy. And if you decided that you want to really enjoy your food as much as you can and accept a gain ( knowing that you will work on getting rid of it in January...I think that is fine too as it is a controlled 'lapse of reason'. Unfortunately, that is not an option open to me at this point. (BIKINI!)
So, yes...I will have a fab Christmas...without all that which I don't need...and the turkeys can go and stuff themselves...because, this year, in my new life as a healthier person...I am cerainly not going to stuff myself. And not only will December be fab, but so too will January...I might sound brave...but I am not. Support, ideas, thoughts...this is what I need. It is not easy. But I will allow myself to dream and say that come Christmas Day, bolstered by the online support and inspiration, I will laugh in the face of those chocolate covered profiteroles!