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…continued from last week

After I’ve consciously decided that I don’t want to gain weight over the holidays, I start to think about situations where I’ll have the opportunity to stuff my face.

On the bright-side there will be far fewer situations this year as there won’t be any holidays gatherings. But since we will be cozy at home, some baking would be nice, wouldn’t it? But before we go for it, think about who is going to eat it and how much of it will you eat?

Stop and consider: Is It Worth It?

I ask myself:

– Is stuffing my face for the month of December worth the extra pounds at the end?
– How will I feel January 1st with an extra X pounds on my frame? Was it really that enjoyable?
– Were those delectable treats delectable at all?
– At the end of Christmas dinner, how do I want to feel? Do I want to have to undo my button and zipper? Do I want to feel bloated and sick?
– Do I really need to eat three plates full of Xmas dinner? Is it actually more enjoyable when I eat more?

Is It Crap?

– What are the ingredients in that tasty morsel?
– Is it actually tasty & delicious or am I eating it out of: boredom? something to do? unconsciousness? obligation?
– Is it made with artificial flavour and hydrogenated oil? Or is it real made with natural ingredients?
– What are natural ingredients? If I can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it means then it’s crap. Pretty simple, huh!?
– You How do I know it’s crap if it’s on a platter and there is no package to read? I look it over, does it look like it’s made from natural ingredients or from a package? If it’s homemade chances, are it’s not crap. If it looks like it’s from a package, chances are it’s crap. The more I check the ingredients, in general, the more I have learned to tell the difference and taste the difference. You will be amazed at the difference once you get into it.
– I consider how I will feel after I eat it. Crap makes me feel like crap.

Be picky! Be choosy! Don’t eat crap! Trust me it’s not worth it.

Just eat food you love and enjoy.

Attitude:

This is a big one. Once you’ve decided on what you want, embrace it. What you think and say to yourself after that is everything. If you start to lament that you’re on a “diet”, that you can’t eat this or that, that you wish you could but you don’t want to gain weight, then you’re hooped, it’ll be difficult to stick to your plan.

Focus on the positive.

Focus on what you’re having instead of what you’re not having. With the right attitude you won’t miss a thing and enjoy what you have.

to be continued….

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It’s that time of year again: chocolates, cookies and cakes, oh my!

The season of indulging, maybe more than ever this year, since we can’t go anywhere, so we might as well do some baking, right? Problem is, no one can come over, so who’s going to eat it all?!

Traditionally I used to gain at least a few pounds over the holidays. As I’ve gotten older I have found it more difficult to get those extra pounds off and year after year the scale creeps up. Losing five pounds feels manageable but I imagine losing twenty or thirty pounds will feel daunting, so it’s important to nip it in the bud.

So I devise a plan….

PREPARE

When I know there’s a special occasion or season coming up that may involve overeating on my part I begin to prepare my mind and my body.

Mind

I spend time thinking about how I feel when I overeat:

  • the bloating
  • my clothes tight and uncomfortable
  • the break-outs from the chocolate and extra fat
  • the frustration & disappointment with myself for not having the will power to stop eating
  • the effort it will take to get the extra weight off

Then, I make a decision about what I want:

  • I do not want to gain weight
  • I do not want to feel bloated and over-stuffed from overeating
  • I want to enjoy, guilt-free, delicious food that I love
  • I do not want to put crap into my body
  • I do not want to feel disappointed with myself
  • I want to feel good and be proud of myself

A goal properly set is halfway reached.
~Zig Ziglar

Body

I prepare by:

  • eating sensibly the days/week/month leading up to the event or season
  • cut starchy bloating foods like: rice, potatoes, muffins, bread, crackers
  • no junk food or treats
  • lots of vegetables, lean meats, salads & fruit
  • cut fat: no butter, fatty dressings, anything deep fried
  • portion control
  • extra workouts
  • drink 8 – 12 glasses of water a everyday

So I go into it feeling like I have lost a few pounds, my clothes feel looser.  I’m not a big fan of the weigh scale, so I don’t usually weigh myself. However, it can be helpful to gauge where you’re at but use it as a tool not a weapon.

How about you?

Get in touch with your body and how you feel. Take some time to think about what you want and set your own goals. The key is to making a conscious decision about what you want.

A goal without a plan is merely a wish.

To be continued….

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