There are so many meals, drinks and parties but Christmas time for me is all about friends and family. The first time I went out socially while on the LighterLife Total plan, I felt great – I was assertive, I felt in control – I planned ahead and ate a Foodpack before going out. I also let my friends know how much losing weight meant to me.
Realising you do have control and will power is very empowering. Looking back, I’m so pleased I didn’t let social festive pressures knock me off track! I can now look back and feel proud, I stayed in control, AND realised that I hadn’t missed out on anything, because food isn’t the be all and end all of Christmas.
How on earth will I stick to plan?
Each day I was a step closer to my goal. I would ask myself, “why let the pressure of Christmas affect the progress I was making and seeing in the mirror.” The idea of enjoying food in a healthy way at a healthy weight kept me going. As well as the thought of finally enjoying the party season in the little party dresses I’d always wanted to wear.
What am I going to eat?
I made crisps out of the soup froze chocolate drops out of a shake (FYI not things LL recommend)*, and made a blackcurrant mousse out of shakes using forest of the fruits drinks mix. I paced out eating my Foodpacks and distracted myself with Christmas games and activities.
What about my family and friends?
Overcoming comments was hard but this was about me and wanting to do something positive for myself. Everyone has their own opinions and I had to keep reminding myself why I had started in the first place. Looking after yourself and doing it in a way you want to is not a selfish thing. It was such a big part of my life and a comment from someone else is just a small part of theirs.
Remember why you started. Think about the joy of achieving that goal. Stay strong, you have made it through other days and Christmas is just one more.
Change your thinking. The changes soon become good habits. Change your habits and your life changes. Changing your life to how you want it to be is the best thing you will ever do.
X Christmas 2015
*LighterLife approved tips 😉