Healthy eating begins....on January 1st
Every morning in November, bundled up against the freezing weather, hundreds of people trudge reluctantly to the gym, to the park for a power walk or, as in my case, to the local swimming pool to clock up some lengths. We despise going out in freezing temperatures, begrudge the cutting back of calories & feel frumpy in the fitness gear that has been pulled from the back of the wardrobe, crumpled, bobbled and shapeless.
So why do we punish ourselves? The answer is simple - the Christmas Party.
On-line shopping baskets are full at this time of year, over-flowing with little black dresses & sparkly bling, all waiting for that magical moment when the shopper is satisfied they've gone down a size & can now click 'Check out.' We've all done it, you know, taking on fitness challenges to lose those extra pounds gained on our over-indulgent summer holidays, and now we all want to look our best for the annual festive get-together. Although Christmas day itself will be one continual feast, of cocktails, canapés, turkey & pudding.
Many of us will have asked for the latest fitness gadgets, some will hit the sales in search of trainers and rowing machines, while the rest sit at home carefully downloading MyFitnessPal in order to count calories & plan a new, slender self for the coming year. The diet will start, as always, on January 1st because in order to begin we need to rid our homes of the countlesss tins of chocolates, Christmas cake & uneaten icecream that are taking up the cupboard space needed for our new healthy lifestyles.
By March the rowing machine will look like a clothes horse, the fitness gear will lie underneath a pile of ironing and the trainers will have been nabbed by another household member. Have we discarded our diets then? No, we cry, 'tis a temporary blip, for the summer holidays are coming & our on-line baskets are full of under-sized beachwear!