So I suppose this is the week that everyone who is losing weight either dreads or can't wait for. For me, I wasn't exactly dreading it but if someone would have said that Christmas food was banned worldwide I would have been more than happy. I actually wouldn't be bothered by party food if it wasn't for the temptation of everyone else around me. Normally my determination is strong but because Christmas comes hand in hand with over indulging on drink and food I knew it would be difficult.
By the way, I might as well acknowledge that poor excuse for an "Enchanted Elf Rocky Road House" that is in the above photo. Mum and I made it on Christmas Eve and after multiple disasters, that was the best we could do. I must admit I was eating some of the decorations as I went which is totally a fat bird habit that I need to get out of.
Anyway, I decided to see how I went this week as to whether I would cancel my weight in. The week was going well until I got to the 23rd December and my plan of just having bad food on Christmas Day went completely out of the window when I decided to scoff some party food. I blame a stressful day but then that was it, I had started so it was harder to reign back in.
On Christmas morning I had planned to have bacon butties which was such a treat as I haven't had bread very much at all since I started this seven months ago. I had Christmas dinner at my house which was lovely but far too much which I didn't finish. I love that I'm not able to eat the portions I used to as that was half of my problem.
The thing I have to be careful of now is not to overdo it. It goes hand in hand with what I've just been saving but since losing weight I get really, really unwell if I do. I know everyone gets a bit sluggish with bad food but I get terrible pains and feel really sick with it. To be honest, I'm glad I do as it's a huge reminder and a little bit of a fright into behaving myself.
I suppose I'll always be a fat bird at heart. Someone taught me a few years ago to buy iced mince pies, take them out of the foil and microwave them for between 15 - 20 seconds. You have to be careful not to heat them too much or you'll remove the surface of your tongue but the icing goes all gooey and they're delicious. Of course, I can't be snorting a box of six like I used to (not all at once but it might as well have been!) but I did enjoy a few this week.
By the time I got to Boxing Day evening I was feeling a bit sick. I wasn't anywhere near as bad as I have felt but my stomach felt huge and I was keen to cut back down quickly. I did make the decision not to weigh in this week. I just figured, what's the point? I will have temporarily put on, of course I will have but focusing negatively on it is just pointless so I won't. When I did weight loss plans before such as Slimming World (which I do think is fantastic by the way) I used to get all stressed about hearing that my weight had risen. That's the one good thing about doing this all by myself, I say what goes and it means I don't have to stress as I'll be back down next week, plus some more. I am in total control and I look forward to finishing what I started, in 2016 and what an achievement that is going to be for me!
- Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
- Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
- If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going! Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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