Not Even Trying to Diet on Xmas

Not Even Trying to Diet on Xmas

Hey everyone,

I hope you all are having a happy holiday season.

Christmas time is upon us, and I’m looking forward to all the good food and family time.

Normally, I would try to give myself a pep talk and try to motivate myself to eat less at holiday parties, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But this year, I am not even trying to diet during family get-togethers.

My Usual Xmas Diet Plan

What usually happens is that I will set some goals to eat less. I’ll tell myself that I’m going to resist all the tempting foods that everyone else is eating, and I might even set a goal to lose a little weight over Christmas. How cool would that be, right?

But then that plan always goes to shit the minute I see or smell the food.

  • So I tell myself that I’ll just have one bite.
  • But then it’s so good that I eat 100 bites.
  • Then I remind myself what a fat loser I am, so I give up and eat 100 more bites.
  • Then I hate myself for acting like such a fat loser, give up COMPLETELY and continue to pig out on Christmas leftovers all the way to New Years.
  • Then I set some stupid crazy New Years resolution to lose like 50 lbs or 100 lbs the following year.

COMIC: diet cheater

That’s pretty much what happened this past year, and you can guess how that worked out in 2021.

So, I’m not doing that this Christmas.

No Limits Eating

Today and tomorrow will be days of No Limits Eating (a phrase I picked up from Doug of Workin’ Things Out on Youtube).

It’s Christmas, yo. So I’m going to eat what everyone else is eating, and I’m going to let myself enjoy it.

Don’t misunderstand tho.

I’m not going to just say “F*ck it” and proceed to shovel truckloads of food into my face all day long. In fact, that’s the whole point. By taking a relaxed, zero pressure approach to eating and not expecting myself to magically have tons of self-discipline and self-control, I’m actually trying to avoid going into F*ck It Mode (see Habit #3).

I’ll try not to pig out, but I won’t set some unrealistic expectation that I’m going to eat small portions and exclude certain foods completely. And I definitely am not setting any goals to lose a bunch of weight this Christmas either.

Not gonna happen.

Not realistic for me right now.

So why set myself up for weight loss failure and the self-hate spiral that follows whenever you cheat on your diet?

I’m gonna enjoy time with my family.

And I’m gonna enjoy the food that we’ve all prepared to share with each other.

I might put on a pound or two over this Christmas weekend. And then I’ll get back on track Monday morning with my usual low-cal breakfast (oatmeal) and take any weight gained right back off the following week.

So, that’s my holiday eating plan. Hopefully I stick to it and let it have the desired effect.

Anyway, I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas, and I’ll talk to you again next time.