Please to enjoy Kim. He is smart, funny, generous with his technology knowledge and yet another blogger Id love to someday meet in person.
I nagged him until he caved and agreed to guest post up in herre. He happily penned the post below as a reminder that there are ways to make it through New Years with minimal damage to our goals & selves.
Kim Ayres is 90lbs lighter than he was 4 years ago. The secret, he says, is not to focus on losing weight, but to focus on eating healthily – weight loss is then a natural side effect. On his regular blog he writes about everything from family life to pondering the universe, but he also has a weekly blog where he puts up his stats, excuses, and insights into battling the cravings .
The first thing to remember is you are human, not superhuman. If you set yourself an impossible task, you are setting yourself up to fail.
The second thing to remember is you are human, not a machine. You do have some control over how you approach the world.
The most important thing is to know yourself. Not blame yourself, hate yourself or wish you were someone else, but accept who you are and how you react in given situations.
If we are to survive the season of excess, when we are bombarded with the most powerful mind-altering advertising techniques known to man;
If we are to survive the season of excess, when we are surrounded by the kinds of food, high in fat, salt and sugar that our cave-man bodies evolved to pig out on as a survival tactic in a world with much less available;
If we are to survive the season of excess, when our nearest and dearest are thrusting food under our noses and a lifetime of politeness and good manners means we feel we cannot say no without risking offence;
Then feeling we “should” be stronger, cannot come into it. We have to understand, and accept, there will be times when we are going to give in to the extraordinary pressures this time of year our culture places on us.
Once we know that, and accept it (!), we can start devising strategies to minimise the impact. And the mantra we need to adopt is:
One of the biggest dangers we face is when we say, “the damage is done now, I may as well just let go and start over again in January.”
How many times have we said to ourselves that because the diet starts on Monday, we may as well make the most of the weekend before and end up eating far more than we usually would? Well this month lasts a lot longer than a single weekend, so the damage will be far greater.
So, start thinking:
If we put on 5lbs instead of 10lbs; or even if we put on 10lbs instead of 20lbs, then we will still be in a better place come January than we would have been.
To put this in a context – if you are on a healthily eating and exercise regime and are able to lose an average of 1lb a week, then 5lbs represents over a month more before you reach your target weight. 10lbs represents 2½ months. This is the difference between reaching your target in June, in time for the swimsuit season, or not getting there until the kids go back to school.
So, what do we need to focus on?
Damage limitation means: when indulging, only do so on the foods you really like – don’t eat anything “just because it’s there”
Damage limitation means: notice (and enjoy) every mouthful – do not eat without noticing it, like large tubs of ice cream, or popcorn or candy in front of the TV.
Damage limitation means: if you have an apple mid afternoon, it helps offset the chocolate brownie you had with your coffee in the morning
Damage limitation means: if you are served a large plate of food, remember to leave room for dessert so you can enjoy it properly
Damage limitation means: if you’re not going out for lunch with friends or work colleagues, make sure you have a healthy one.
Damage limitation means: eating healthily at every meal that doesn’t require indulgence
Damage limitation means: would you rather enjoy every mouthful and put on 6lbs, or blow out completely, not notice half the stuff you put in your mouth, feel uncomfortably over-full most of the time and put on 12lbs?
Damage limitation means: weighing yourself between Feastmas and New Year – not so you can beat yourself up, but just so you are aware of what is happening. Think of it this way – would it be a good idea to go on a spending spree without ever checking the bank account?
The whole approach is about being aware of, and enjoying, what does go in your mouth, and eating healthily whenever you can. To feel uncomfortably
full, put on extra pounds and not to have even noticed or enjoyed what you ate, is the worst of crimes.
So, repeat after me: “Damage Limitation,” “Damage Limitation,” “Damage Limitation”
There you go, oh post-Christmas slightly bloated if yer anything as I am members of the Bumbling Band.
Kim has given us his take on the D.L. & now it’s time to give us yours.
Got any methods you’re trying & already find to work?
Already realized that you’re gonna need a whole new approach between now and New Years day & have a kernel of an idea you wanna share?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.