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this is a guilt-free zone

Not having been raised as a Catholic, I don’t tend to do much of a guilt thing – however it’s clearly an issue that can rear its head from time to time for anyone changing habits, lifestyle and so on. There’s always a danger that a small deviation from things can trigger feelings of guilt, dragging motivation downwards. At the other end of the scale, a whole series of minor misdemeanors can get written off (“I’m not going to beat myself up over such a little thing”) resulting in a lack of progress.

The key is to find the right balance, to use intelligent self-control and to come up with working solutions that fit your own circumstances.

fortnightly family feasting

One of the things I knew would be a challenge is a regular family dinner. It’s something that’s been in place since moving to Australia 7 years ago… It was also founded on the principle of “the blokes cook” – I was unsure of this idea at first, however I soon learned to enjoy cooking.

Because the males do the cooking it gets dangerously close to being competitive, and so these dinners have established themselves as 2 or 3 course events. The alcohol also usually flows freely, and there’s pre-dinner nibbles too…

an exercise in self-control

Last night was the first family dinner I’d had to face since starting this project. The way things usually unfold is a little like this:

Last night it went more like this:

moral of the story

OK so that wasn’t necessarily a great meal, from the point of view of weight loss or fitness, however I am not feeling in the least bit guilty about it. I know there were a couple of areas I can improve on and will focus on those in the future. Overall though I am happy that a reasonable balance was achieved between things that are good nutritionally and things that are good psychologically. Enjoying a good meal with friends and family is no bad thing, you just need to maintain a little awareness and stop yourself from over-indulging.

Life doesn’t have to consist of an endless cycle of exercise, salad and water!

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