I've been writing a blog about how we fight ourselves for 4 weeks. It's doing my head in so I finally stopped fighting it and myself and decided to leave it for a while!
And since it's December and all my friends are Christmas mad and I have a thing about After Eights, Bendicks of Mayfair, selection boxes and Port, I figured I'd write a wee post on staying on track (or not) over the festive period.
It's estimated that we consume around 4000 calories on Christmas Day, which is around about double what most of us need in a day! But what about all the other days in December - the Christmas parties, the leftovers, the social catch-ups with friends we've not seen since last December?
So it's Monday, you've done a class, you've had a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacked on fruit and veggies. You keep it up until Thursday night when you get home and have a cheeky large glass of wine and some crisps (400 calories) But hey! It's nearly the weekend!
Friday comes around and there's cake at work cos it was half price on the Co-op and it calls to you. A wee slice maybe, it's Friday! Plus your boss has been a nightmare so you go out for a few drinks with your colleagues, which turns into 5 glasses of wine and a pizza on the way home (1500 calories). If you're a parent maybe it just means putting the kids to bed and sharing a bottle of wine and a takeaway, before passing out on the sofa.
Saturday morning rolls around and you feel like shit so it's a bacon roll and Irn Bru (500 calories). Lunch with your mum and dinner with friends and you're out of your usual good eating habits. Throw in Sunday lunch and from Thursday night to Sunday you might have consumed an extra 3500 calories than you would have done on Monday - Thursday morning.
And that's about 1lb of fat. Do this every week and that's an extra 5lb in December.
I've dramatised this for laughs but really, it's kind of us isn't it? I have been known to do this, not just in December but for years on end. It's easy to do. And the weight creeps on.
And whilst it's easy for me to write a list of all the ways you can be an angel over Christmas and stick to your low-carb-paleo-Atkins-beachbody-cleanlean-spaceman diet, and feel totally worthy and superior, is that really much fun?
I'll tell you one thing. I am cracking open the champagne and After Eights at 8.01am on Christmas morning. Fact.
But, if we want to make changes to our lifestyle, if we want to lose weight, if we want to keep up with our kids for a wee bit longer before they stick us in an old folks home, we have to compromise. I'm sorry. Pizza and wine makes us put on weight, unless we're training like and Olympian. There's no getting around it!
So, here are some tips to help you enjoy the season of excess without adding too many excess pounds.
And remember - even if you do put on a couple of extra pounds, you know you can lose them again. Enjoy your life. It's way too short to be starving yourself or feeling guilty for a bit of overindulge once a year. Just try to stay on track as much as you can. Forgive yourself if you put on weight or overindulge, remind yourself why you are on this fitness journey and carry on with your original plan.
Any other ideas or tips?