How to beat the saboteurs!
Beating temptation to lose weight
Who are your saboteurs when it comes to weight loss and healthy eating?
If you’ve ever had a friend or family member say to you, “Go on, have a cake - you deserve it,” or “Just one won’t hurt,” or even “You should treat yourself now and again,” it can be really frustrating, especially if you do succumb to the temptation that’s been put in front of you.
Being a Weight Watcher myself I know that I do treat myself at least once a day!
Our members learn how to deal with these situations and still enjoy socialising with friends and family.
There are many different situations where this can happen. Out with friends for coffee, in your work place, at the cinema with the kids or even safely at home with your partner.
Sometimes being in control of the location can make a difference. If you choose where you go for lunch or coffee, you can stay away from the coffee shop with a huge cakes whose ProPoints values can equate to nearly a average day’s food intake.
Go to the cinema where you can get coffee, take your own healthy snacks with you and buy snacks for the kids to take with them in small portions to save everyone overeating.
Ask yourself if your saboteur is resentful or jealous of your weight loss and how good you are looking. Decide how you are going to deal with their efforts to sabotage your good intentions. By doing this you will be more in control the next time you are faced with the same situation
Saying things like “I’m not hungry just now”, “I don’t really fancy that just now,” or “I’m really full and couldn’t eat another thing,” can be really effective. Explain how important it is to you to lose weight and be more healthy and ask the saboteur for their help. Ask your partner to give you non food treats instead of chocolate or wine.
Do you think you sabotage yourself? We can be our own worst enemy. Think about how many times you have said to yourself, “I will start again on Monday.” Don’t get trapped in this vicious circle. If you have a bad day or even a bad week forget it and move on.
Don’t hit the self destruct button always look for the positive in every situation.
You can lose weight, you will be healthy, you CAN make a difference!
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Fiona Pediani, who comes from King’s Park, is a Weight Watchers leader. Strawberry and lemon butterfly cakes
Makes 12. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes, plus cooling.
Ingredients: 125g margarine; 125g caster sugar; two eggs, beaten; 75g strawberries; one teaspoon of vanilla extract; one teaspoon of grated lemon zest; 150g self-raising flour. For the topping: 100g low-far soft cheese; 15g icing sugar; one teaspoon lemon juice; one teaspoon grated lemon zest; six strawberries, halved. Method: Prehead the over to 180 degrees C/fan 160 degrees C/gas mark four. Put 12 paper cases into a bun tray.
Beat the margarine and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs, beating well between each addition. Chop the strawberries and add them, along with the vanilla extrace and lemon zest.
Sift in the flour and fold in gently with a metal spoon. Divide the mixture between the cake cases.
Bake in the centre of the over for 18-20 minutes until golden. Cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the topping, beat together the soft cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Slice the tops off the cakes and cut them in half. Spoon the topping onto the cakse, put the cake halves on top and decorate with half a strawberry.
Fiona Pediani from King’s Park