Some good friends (or maybe not so good friends) can make your weight loss journey difficult. Remember: it’s your journey, not theirs and the decision for improving yourself is to be complimented not criticized.
Here are a few things that may help you stay on your weight loss journey.
CHANGE IS HARD. Remember you’re not the only one dealing with change. The people pushing food on you know that if you change, they might have to change. They don’t want their friend to pass up the dessert because it means they may have to reflect on why they need the dessert .
PLAN AND ACT OUT SITUATIONS. You probably know some of the questions that are going to come up. Be prepared with a good answer. Example: “Why are you on a diet.” ANSWER: “It’s improved how I feel and I love it.” Staying positive and stating your eating habits are a choice, not a penalty should help you keep on track and even remind you of why you have made this Lifestyle Change.
CHECK OUT MENUS. If you’re eating out, it’s easy to check out the menu ahead of time and make up your mind ahead of time as to what you want to order. Planning is important and you won’t be tempted to order the more unhealthy foods because a friend says, “But it’s the holidays!”
ALWAYS BE POLITE. If a friend has prepared a meal for you, of course you will eat it but you can control portions and if a dessert is set in front of you (I hate when people just assume you want dessert.) Ask if you could take your dessert home because you’d enjoy it much more when you’re not so full.
If you want to lose or maintain your weight during the holidays, it’s your choice. You can entertain and enjoy all the company without eating everything in sight. Listen to your body and be careful of what you listen to from some of your friends.