“I will just get through the holiday season, and try not to gain too much, and then really, starting Jan 1, I will be so committed. I will go to the gym and eat really healthy food. I will pack my lunch for work, only organic, low calorie food. No desserts for me! And by spring, when it comes time to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts, I will be much thinner! Yes I can do it! I might even go online to Weight Watchers. Ok, this is great. I am really psyched to really get it together this year. Ok…Well, here I go to the office party, and there will be cookies there. I guess I can have some since I am really going to start strong in January.”
Do you see the craziness of this! You eat more in the holidays because you are so sure that this year your diet will work and you will keep weight off. It will be different. Oh boy, those ads on TV do a number on us.
OK, now just STOP, Do NOT do this to yourself. Stop putting off your life. You are right here in this moment. What are you going to do? Are you going to shove a cookie down your body now because you are going to diet in a couple of weeks. That is not fair to your “future self” is it?
Don’t treat your “future self” that way. Don’t give your “future self” a food debt. NO NO NO
Stay in the present. If you are hungry for something sweet and you go to your office party and there are some wonderful little treats there, go ahead and have enough to quiet your hunger for them. This won’t take long! Pay attention. Then, get on with your life. Don’t use that cookie as a license to binge for the rest of the day because you already messed up!!!!
There is no magic diet. Those raspberry ketones will not save you from fatness. Nothing will, except you learning to eat in response to your body. Your body is your best friend. It wants you to start listening. Stop fantasizing that any other way will work.
And you know what? When you do, you will realize that all along you had the tools within you to listen, eat enough to keep you happy, stress free, and binge free, and be a nice weight for you.
And keeping your body happy, satisfied and not overfull is a wonderful way to be.
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