The blog of photographer and musician, Kim Ayres

Damage Limitation

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I hope everyone has survived Feastmas more or less intact!

I've been asked to Guest Blog over at MizFit. I guess it must have been because of my understanding of fighting the multiple reasons I yearn to over-eat, rather than any expertise in exercise and fitness (hahahahahaha).

My approach in this season of Xcessmas is one of Damage Limitation - I know I'm going to over indulge, but if I eat healthily at every other opportunity, and only indulge on the food I love, rather than any old thing just because it happens to be there, then the physical damage will be limited by the time we crawl into January.

So if I only put on 5lbs instead of 10lbs, then I can see this as an achievement, rather than a reason to beat myself up, feel depressed and eat even more to comfort myself (the overeating cycle familiar to anyone who uses food as their main drug of choice).

So if you'd like to follow my thoughts, or even contribute your own, do pop over to see MizFit and leave a comment on the post Damage Limitation:

http://mizfitonline.com/2008/12/26/damage-limitation/
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8 comments

Sarah said...

great post. i've found you to be very inspirational on this front Kim.. as well as just liking myself more and not just pretending that i like myself more. if i like myself, i will treat myself better.

i've began keeping this mantra:

"food isn't love."

and you are so right. when the drug of choice is food and it is soooo easily available and quite necessary for life itself, it's a hard addiction to control.

Mary Witzl said...

My thoughts exactly! Christmas is all about damage control: all that temptation is out there and you might as well give in a little -- but that doesn't mean it has to be whole hog.

I love Sarah's mantra. Mine has been "Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to have it." And when that fails: "Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to have it ALL."

healthy ashley said...

This post was perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on MizFit's site!

Kim Ayres said...

Sarah - we need to be our own best friend. Let's face it, we're with ourselves for the rest of our life, so it'll much more fun if we figure out how to get on with ourself rather than live in a state of perpetual self-loathing.

Mary - "Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to have it ALL." - that's a good one, and one which requires quite a high level of self awareness :)

Ashley - welcome to my ramblings and thank you for taking the time to comment :)

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

I didn't even have a f***ing Christmas dinner all Christmas and still didn't manage to lose a pound.

Eryl Shields said...

My mantra is I'd rather be thin than eat that, and it seems to work.

Mary Witzl said...

I've been lurking on your Hundredweight Blog, Kim. I just read Daphne's comment and I feel her pain! I didn't have a Christmas dinner either and yet my weight hasn't changed. I comfort myself with the thought that had I actually indulged, I'd no doubt be the size of a Volkswagon.

Eryl's mantra is a good one. I've got a whole string of mantras now and they all stand me in good stead. I've also got a closet full of skirts that are too tight and they're giving me encouragement too.

Kim Ayres said...

Daphne - my sympathies

Eryl - I could only use that mantra if I didn't like the food

Mary - Mind you, I have to admit, it's not Christmas dinner that tends to be the major cause of weight gain - it's all the other treats available over the several weeks of the festive season.

I'd like to think that come January it will all get back under control, but as I find January one of the most depressing months of the year and I have a history of using food to self medicate Depression...

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