Stop. Take a breath. Breathe.
I’ve just been reading through the insanity that is the pre-Christmas panic weight loss. Panic Dieting.
I’ve lost 36 lbs since May, you know how I did that?
I just stopped. I just took a breath. I just breathed. By that I mean, I stopped obsessing over food and calories and diets (which are these things we embark upon, and then…’finish’) and just listened to what my body was telling me. I’ve since learned this is called ‘Intuitive Eating’.
I took as much time as I needed, to decide whether I was hungry or thirsty, and to make a kind, thoughtful choice. It didn’t happen every day by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn’t obsess over that either (and believe me when I tell you that my inner voice was vicious when it came to over-eating). I just continued moving forward. I didn’t turn into a monk, eating half a lettuce leaf. I just stopped the spiraling thoughts about food, dieting and weight loss.
I just let the thoughts go by, I don’t take them on a dinner-date.
Calm down. It’s Christmas. Look forward to being with your family and friends. Look forward to the silly hats and crap Christmas telly.
If you absolutely HAVE to, calculate your BMR, multiply it by 1.2 and eat up to that to NOT gain weight this Christmas. Simples. End of.
We really need to be kinder and more thoughtful to ourselves at this time of year.
Samantha is a well-liked Life Coach, specializing in self-esteem and body image with qualifications in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Skilled Helping. She speaks on several panels around the internet in this regard.
Samantha Dee is the Author of ‘My Big Fat…Fat’ and ‘The Thirty Day Wellness Journal’. Her next book, ‘My Big Fat…Kitchen’ is due out soon.
Samantha Dee really helped me clarify what was holding me back from doing my daily practice. Since we talked, I didn't stop and my practice became my daily routine. Samantha is very supportive and have great listening skills.
26th November 2018
Feeling really grateful for having had such a great breakthrough session with Samantha last night. My expectations going in were far surpassed. I hadn't expected a breakthrough (despite the name of the session) yet Samantha got me there with some really important questions I hadn't thought to ask myself and by relating to my current fear of taking a leap of faith and commit to my new career choice. The best thing about the session was the practical suggestions to help me take action. Not only did we identify the problem but I came away motivated, inspired and with a next action. Pretty good for an hour right? Thank you so much Samantha.
13th November 2018