Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas cheer

So when you're aiming to improve your physique, and part of the plan is to reduce some body fat, this time of year can really mess with the plan, right? Uh...not if you don't let it. I've tried the being strict approach before, and apart from being doomed to failure, it sends you INSANE by the time New Year rolls around.

So, what's the alternative? Just go with the flow, and have a no-holds-barred, big long free day that lasts a week (or two), then worry about the weight gain later? Well, hardly. Here's my approach:


That's it. Nothing earth-shattering, just being sensible with portions and making sure that I still have lots of water, plenty of veggies and a decent amount of protein each day. Stopping at two or three drinks, instead of the entire bottle. Having a small serve of a decadent dessert, but not going back for seconds (tip: eat it sloooooowly). Enjoying a couple of Lindor balls with coffee after dinner - not the whole box.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had wine, chocolate, dips and snacks, a two-course restaurant lunch, dinner with friends, a dessert or two, and I'll be out for dinner again tonight. I've also continued to train hard....although I have missed a workout or two, thanks to being super-busy and/or extra-tired.

Is it working? You betcha. My weight is holding steady, my clothes still fit and I'm feeling great.

M.O.D.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. .......give it a try.


Anonymous said...

Thats fantastic that ur weight is holding steady and u are still out and about partying.

Im trying to eat healthy and strict right up until xmas day then relax it for a day and try the moderation thing. Fingers crossed!!!

Cherub said...

I'm with you Kerryn, after a difficult couple of months on a new program - moderation has lost me 4kg in 6 weeks.

I struggle a bit with the alcohol though, 2 or 3 (of my) glasses IS the whole bottle.

Hmmm one thing at a time I think.

Have a great Christmas.


LizN said...

Hallelujah :) Love your post Kek :)
I am proud of you, my young apprentice ;)

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