On the second day of Christmas my Dietitian said to me…

December 2, 2013 BY: LISA

On the second day of Christmas my Dietitian said to me:

 

Know your excuses!

 

When you are trying to change the way you normally do things it’s not going to work just because you want it to.

If you have decided that you want to try putting these Christmas tips into practise then let’s make it water tight and more likely to succeed.

You need to be honest with yourself and know what you will say to yourself that will help you to trip yourself up! It’s called self-sabotage…are you aware that you do it?

 

Things to look out for- if you hear yourself say

I’m okay, Christmas is not a time for this kind of sacrifice
I’ve worked hard all year, I deserve this
I’m too tired to plan
I’m too busy to plan
It’s too hot to think about this stuff
I’m ok, there are a lot worse people out there
I’ll skip the plan and just see how I go
I should be able to control myself anyway
I’ll start again after new year/holidays

 

My theory is we all have an angel and a devil on our shoulders- that’s fine- however the devil has a really loud voice (megaphone) and is usually really convincing. He will say some or all of the things mentioned above and a whole lot more creative stuff that you will believe because you want to at the time. Unfortunately the angel is tiny and quiet and doesn’t really know what to say in response to the ‘devils’ talk.

 

We need to give the angel a voice and also a convincing argument.

Have a think why you might want to be healthy over Christmas and New Year?

 

Health?
Don’t want to undo all your hard work?
Look good in your summer clothes?

 

The next question is do you want this more that you want to over eat or over drink? Which do you want most because you can’t have both – but the good news is you could compromise on both.

 

For example: aim for weight maintenance rather than weight loss and eat and drink a little bit less than you normally would, perhaps exercise a little bit more. Being realistic and understanding what will trip you up are vital keys for success.

 

Good luck and make sure you plan to enjoy you holiday season on all levels- fitness, weight and good food- it’s all about balance.

 

Enjoy!

 

Lisa APD

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