Preparing for the Christmas Feast

I have been back from my trip for 2 weeks now.  It seems like I never left.


At work in the last few weeks, I have been given a task that actually involves me leaving the office and walking in the city for about 2 hours, three times a week.  I take this opportunity to walk as fast as possible. I need to burn as much as I can.  Wouldn’t it be great to lose 1.4kgs by Christmas?!!! and bring my weight loss down to 10kgs!!!  My best friend and cuz Benny said…YOU CAN DO IT!!!  and… I believed him.

Over these last few days, I have been to the movies, and feasted on popcorn and maltesers.  I can honestly say, try as I might losing weight,  I will never deprive myself of the amazing salty chocolateyness of this amazing snack.   I do not ever recommend depriving yourself of the things you love.  This is one of my tips in staying motivated.  Eat the things you love.  I find that as long as you keep yourself active then you do not have too much to worry about.

I have noticed if you tell people you are trying to lose weight, they usually try to help you out as much as possible.  Unfortunately this could mean that when you decide to eat something not that healthy that you love, you get a disapproving look or worse…a lecture.  Guilt is the absolute worst thing ever.  How can you lose weight, and keep it off successfully if you are being told over and over again that you cannot have this food?  I started to resent weight loss until I reminded myself that I can have this food, but in small portions.  I try to explain to this person, that its not the end of the world if I choose to have a few squares of chocolate, or an extra serving of custard.  Its a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet.


I am excited to announce that I only have 0.3kgs to lose until I hit the 10kg weight loss mark.  So I have lost 9.7kgs!!  To all my friends and family I am sorry for the continued early morning weight loss dance, and for talking endlessly about my weight loss…actually I am not that sorry at all.   I have 2 days to lose 0.3kgs before Christmas.  I really think I can do it.  It doesnt seem that far fetch’d at all.  And so to Benny…thank you for your words of encouragement and for believing in me.  Do you know what this means?  Another charm on my bracelet!!!


Over the next week I will be bracing myself for the Christmas feast.  Usually the season of giving means I give to my thighs, bum, and hips.  But not this Christmas!!  Small portions, healthy choices, a ton of gravy…and a lil pav…And a daily walk around the block.   For those of you concerned about Christmas weight gain I found the following tips.

Avoid overloading your plate by sticking to the following proportions:

  • Pasta and rice = fist-sized portion
  • Protein = palm-sized portion (not including your fingers!)
  • High-fat foods (e.g. cheese) = thumb-sized portion
  • Vegetables =  Have as many as you like.
  • Potatoes = One regular-sized spud. If you’re having mashed, follow the guide for pasta.

Please don’t forget to stay active.  A 30-45 minute walk each day will help to  burn that extra serving of mash you snuck in.

Also, here are a list of the kinds of healthy foods you can serve at your Christmas Feast.

Merry Christmas Readers!!

A xox









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