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Which type of dieter are you this Xmas?

#1
When people are on Cambridge then tend to drop into two types of dieter.

Over the Xmas period it becomes even more polarised at which category they fall into.

The first type of dieter is the "prison sentence" mentality. They are stuck on the diet, they aren't allowed to eat and the fact they are on a diet means that this Christmas is a bad time and very tough. They tend to be very negative about themselves and beat themselves up that they got big in the first place and are being "forced" to do the diet to sort themselves out. They totally focus on what they aren't allowed to do and what they can't have.

The second type of the dieter is the person who realises that it is just a choice, they can eat whatever they like when they like, but have decided for a short period of time to reduce their food intake so they can be slim, healthy and ultimately live longer. They tend to look for all the positives in terms of wearing smaller clothes, having more energy, feeling great, taking compliments and generally having fun while getting slim.

Now both of these are just a mindset and a decision, you can change from being negative to positive in the blink of an eye.

For me I used to always be the prison sentence dieter, I spent 20 years on diets focussing on my weight.

Then one day I found Cambridge, I decided to embrace it and fall in love with it and I loved reducing my weight on soups, shakes and bars, I pretty much laughed and joked my way to being slim by looking for all the benefits and laughing about the fact I could never mix the packs up properly.

Back in Xmas 2005 I didn't eat on Xmas day, I was on SS and just had my packs, I served dinner for 9 people and watched them eat it, I didn't need willpower, it actually was very easy! Because I was enjoying the diet so much and I realised I could eat but actually I wanted to be slim more.

But remember everything, absolutely everything you do regarding the diet is always a choice by you, so never beat yourself up! Just make a choice and fly with it !

I hope everyone has a fantastic Xmas and here is to a smaller world in 2009

Mike
 
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Lostris

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#2
I'm definately not a prison sentence dieter. :) I was in the beginning of the diet and I still am relatively strict. :) For me Christmas isn't about eating though, it's for being with my family.

As I am so close to my goal (with different rules in my country concerning BMI/Moving up) I will be doing SS+/810 during the weekends this holiday (and I have been during other weekends too because I need some more fuel for my body).

I will not eat on Christmas or Boxing day (we have different names but same days I think) but I will join in when we gourmet on saturday the 27th and both my grandma's come along to gourmet with us.

I will not be having any carbs, not because I worry about getting back but simply because I'm lazy and I don't want to slow my weightloss down :)))

I wish everyone a very merry and happy Christmas and hope you can all spend it with your loved ones. :)

xx
 

Serena A

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#3
Excellent food for thought as ever Mike.

I definitely used to fall into the prison sentence type of mentality on previous diets like calorie counting or Atkins, although to be fair I think it's because they used to be so slow going that I could never see an end in sight. Not saying it wasn't my fault I couldn't stick to those diets, after all it was me and me only who made the decision to overeat.

However it has taken Cambridge to set me free from that prison sentence mentality because I know that with CD I can reach my goal this time. It's like CD is the key to my prison cell - all I have to do is use it.

I can only liken it to being stuck in a job that you hate doing - the minute you hand your notice in those last few weeks become bearable simply because you're focussing on the positive i.e. the end is in sight, even though you are still doing exactly the same job. Hope that makes some sense? :)

Anyway wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and enjoy it whatever decision you make as to how you will spend it xx
 
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#4
hmmm... I think I'm somewhere in between. Probably more the 'choice' with a bit of 'prison sentance' thrown in here and there.
Over christmas after weighing up all the options I decided to go fo ss+ all the way through... but fate came into it (I missed my last ap. with cdc) so i'm sorta on my own version, 1 pack for breakfast + food. Actually its quite enlightening. I don't see myself as fully on CD so I can technically have anything.... but so far (and its only been ten days, so this might change!) i'm making good food choices.... like eating out I had chicken salad without the sauce and enjoyed it just as much as I would have if I'd gone for something more unhealthy. Last night, I did buy a rubbishy snacky thing (before I might have brought another, and maybe a bar of chocolate with it). After eating it I realized I hadn't been hungry, it just 'sounded nice' and I didn't really even enjoy eating it. So... I guess this xmas I'm learning more that food is a choice, and having something healthier instead of rubbish is just as satisfying... yhough i'm looking forward to being back to 100% SS as soon as possible!
 
#5
I'm definitely the second type. I achieved so much more this last year than I ever thought possible, and I realise that I will be spending the rest of my life consciously watching what I eat.

I know it must sound strange but if being on CD was a means to an end I think I would quite easily go with the prison sentance mentality, but as this is a lifestyle choice for me I am choosing to be more excessive than usual during december and then going back to being more healthy and careful come January.

I'm not saying that I'm going mental and bingeing in December, I am just trying to enjoy the parties and alcohol and food without the guilt, while always aware of the concequences and knowing that I am prepared to deal with the results afterwards.

I am finding that it's much easier to stop myself overeating now. I am really enjoying what I am having, but am stopping when I have had enough rather than eating for eating sake, or because other people are eating. This is something I have longed for my whole life, I think I'm actually getting there, yay!

Good luck to all the rest of you over christmas, whatever you choose to do

Love Dee xx
 

Mini

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#6
WOW! Dee:eek:

Your before and now photos in your signature says it all!!!

What a fantastic transformation!:wow::wow::wow:

You look amazing!!!

Well done:happy096:

Love Mini xxx
 
#7
Thank you so much Mini, you have always been so supportive and it means so much to me!

It was the christmas party photos last year that made me go 'wow, I really have a weight problem!' and I was so embarrassed that all my colleagues would see the pictures too. I realised it wasn't the pictures that were fat, it was me!

So this year I promised myself I'd do what needed to be done to be proud of my party pictures. And I am :)

Love Dee x
 

Mini

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#8
You should be as you look radiant and your skin looks beautiful and in excellent condition.

I wish my neck looked as good as yours.

Fantastic achievement!

Love Mini xxx
 
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#9
WOW! Dee:eek:

Your before and now photos in your signature says it all!!!

What a fantastic transformation!:wow::wow::wow:

You look amazing!!!

Well done:happy096:

Love Mini xxx
Totally agree Mini, amazing transformation and such a fantastic photographic, a picture paints a thousand words! Hats off to you hun! xxxx
 
#10
You have done amazing Deejay!! Well done you!!

Mike
 

Gloria19

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#11
Nice thread icemoose...

shame 'other' people always see you as the prison sentence dieter no matter what you're doing. Ignorance eh lol
 
#13
Oh I am 'by choice' sticking to SS over Christmas. Don't want to write too much about the food but I have spent this weekend baking all types of sweet treats and cakes for Christmas.

My only frustration is having to find someone to come taste it all the time just to make sure everything is ok.

I sometimes think for a split second that it would be nice to have something but then it goes...would rather be smaller.

I have spend FOREVER getting very depressed at this time of year when everyone else could wear nice Christmas clothes and I was stuck in a black 'tent'....not this year, I have shopped, shopped and shopped.

It has made me realise that I would only eat sweet things for the sake of it....I don't need the stuff.

I plan to eat my bar while the family is eatting pudding....I will be cooking so too busy to care about dinner. I don't eat meat, I don't drink alcohol so really what am I missing out on??!!
 
#14
You, gorgeous girl, are a STAR :D end of !

so so proud of what you have achieved this year......well done you !

have a wonderful, food-free Christmas - see you next year :)

lotsa love

Debz xxxxxx

Oh I am 'by choice' sticking to SS over Christmas. Don't want to write too much about the food but I have spent this weekend baking all types of sweet treats and cakes for Christmas.

My only frustration is having to find someone to come taste it all the time just to make sure everything is ok.

I sometimes think for a split second that it would be nice to have something but then it goes...would rather be smaller.

I have spend FOREVER getting very depressed at this time of year when everyone else could wear nice Christmas clothes and I was stuck in a black 'tent'....not this year, I have shopped, shopped and shopped.

It has made me realise that I would only eat sweet things for the sake of it....I don't need the stuff.

I plan to eat my bar while the family is eatting pudding....I will be cooking so too busy to care about dinner. I don't eat meat, I don't drink alcohol so really what am I missing out on??!!
 
#15
I guess I'm the second type of dieter, like emmalouise I don't drink and eat very little meat, so I'm not really missing out either. I would also only eat sweet stuff for the sake of it. I plan to stick to cd throughout Christmas.
 

coley144

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#16
I'd say I'm mostly the second sort. I know this is my choice but I can't say I'm enjoying it at the moment! I've just passed 100 days on this diet and am missing food...but it is worth it so yeah put me down for the second sort!
 

bevy

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#17
Well I have to say firstly that I am definitely not a prison sentence dieter, I am on this diet because I want to lose the weight and no-one is forcing me to do it. Now saying that I am still going to have 2 days off this week, xmas day and boxing day and you know what I deserve it!! I have been on the diet 21 days exactly and have lost 23 lbs so I know the diet works and I am still determined to lose all the weight I have to, so I am sure I will have no problem getting back on track so why shouldn't I sit down with my family and enjoy the xmas dinner that I am going to make. Have a great xmas everyone xx
 

catznolan

nearly there!! :)
#18
although im not on ss anymore...doing rtm so will be allowed my meal in the evening...i am def doing it by choice.
all through this diet if i was tempted to "cheat" id tell my self "i can have that"x" but im choosing not to eat it".
i have learned so much from ll..i dont need anything...i can live without that bar of choccy or whatever. i dont need to feed my emotions with food!
after 15 weeks on ll ive lost over 4stone...i have learned so much bout me as a person and although im still learning and need to continue to watch myself when it comes to habits etc...i dont need to reward myself with food anymore.
ive come so far in so little time and am proud of what i have achieved!! i love ll!!!!!!!!!!!!
 


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