If you’re on LighterLife Total or Lite this year remember you’re not alone! Up and down the country there are lots of people determined to stay on track and reach their weight-loss goals, too.
Here, LighterLife Counsellors and clients, past and present, share their top tips and advice for coping at Christmas…
Kate Smith, LighterLife Counsellor
- Plan some activities over the Christmas period that don’t involve food – like walks, board games, ice skating.
- Write yourself a promise about your weight-management journey and visualize how you want to feel waking up on 1st January.
- If you find yourself battling with a decision, think to yourself, ‘What would My Counsellor Say’, and this will help you chose the most helpful course of action.
- Remind everyone close to you that you’re losing weight so not to gift you with any food or drink.
Owen Matthews, LighterLife Counsellor
- When thinking about indulging ask yourself, ‘How will this help me to achieve my goals?
- Think about what ego state you are in when having thoughts around Christmas / New Year. Who and what messages are you telling yourself and whose voice is it?
Anne Matterface, LighterLife Counsellor
- Forward planning is essential to alleviate any fears and worries. Knuckle down to the detail of each challenging situations you think you’ll face. Write them down, play each event out in your head, look at different options for food and drink, and take a balanced approach.
Alleyne White, LighterLife Counsellor
- When faced with difficult situations around food and drink, draw from your toolbox of LighterLife activities such as ‘crooked’ thinking and your ABC thought logs.
- Remember that Christmas isn’t about food. It’s about time with the family, enjoying time off and seeing your family’s faces on Christmas morning.
- List all the events and think about your strategies so you don’t over consume. Also think about how fab you want to feel after Christmas. –Alia Pike
- Do something different on Christmas day – just because you’ve always stayed in and had a Christmas dinner doesn’t mean you have to. If you’re on Total, you can stick to it – it’s just another day. Think about how you’re going to feel after you finish it. – Mike Quinn
- Focus on how amazing you’ll feel after Christmas when everyone else would have gained weight. I lost 4lb on LighterLife over Christmas last year. You can survive it! – Joannne Metcalfe
- Start planning now for the Christmas period. We all like a treat now and then, but it’s important not to fall back into the habits that got us here in the first place – Neil Corder