Moderation

3 Jan

So it’s the New Year (Happy 2018, everyone) and, I suppose inevitably, I start thinking about resolutions​. I’m an old hand at this and wasn’t going to bother to be honest. Along with most of the population I don’t stick to these somewhat arbitrary good intentions. I’m not going to give up chocolate, do Dry January, take more exercise or whatever. Still, there is this nagging realisation that I’ve been overdoing it.

My weight has been creeping up since we arrived in Spain – the food and drink here is just SO good. I already, sort of, do the 5:2 on a long term basis. That is, we both have ‘fast’ days twice a week but don’t bother counting calories on the ‘non-fast’ days and this tends to keep our weight pretty steady. Particularly since the build up to Christmas, however, there’s no denying that there is a definite trend in the upward direction. Me and millions of others, of course, but hence the, rather delayed, preoccupation with resolutions​.

And here we have it – Moderation. I can do that. Surely? Today is January the third. Alcohol has not passed my lips since going to bed in the early hours of New Year’s Day (brilliant night, by the way) but tonight I’m cooking and wine will be required in the recipe. I’ll be opening a bottle of rather nice Rueda Verdejo so I’ll naturally be having a glass. But do I have the willpower to keep it to just the one? I can do that. I’m resolved. 

The truffles are another story, though. The problem with January and giving stuff up is that there still tends to be whatever the temptation is lying around the house from Christmas. These chocolates have been burning a hole in the cupboard for the last three days and now I’ve opened them. They’re incredibly moreish. Having stuffed down four in rapid succession after lunch (well, I was too full for a banana) I’m yelling at myself “Moderation!” I’ve drunk several glasses of water. I’ve brushed my teeth. I’ve concentrated on being aware of my lack of hunger (stupid idea – when was chocolate ever about hunger?). I’ve tried to distract myself but all to no avail.

So now I’m writing this. I’m resolved. Moderation. I can do it. Yeah, right. ​

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6 Responses to “Moderation”

  1. Liz Newbury January 4, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

    Best way to avoid temptation Cathy is to remove whatever is tempting you. Just brace yourself eat the lot and feel virtuous tomorrow. Of course you will feel rather sick today, I’m speaking from experience here!

    • lamputts January 4, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

      Have been known to try that approach myself…
      Mind you, even I might struggle with the six bottles of cava – well, they were on offer :-/

  2. Tony Prior January 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Happy New Year to you both……………………
    I’m still reading the blog and still enjoying it………..
    Best wishes
    Tony Prior…x

    • lamputts January 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Sorry Tony I’ve only just seen your comment for some reason so a belated Happy New Year to you, too! Thanks as well for sticking with the blog through thick and thin – hope we can keep coming up with something to keep you interested 😊

  3. Jane Gealy January 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I’ve managed to do a Dry January, despite having booze in the house. Now if it was chocolate, there’d be no chance of success!

    • lamputts January 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      I must admit I don’t really get Dry January. I know it’s really popular but it seems to be neither here nor there. Perhaps it’s just because everyone feels guilty at overdoing it at Christmas. I suppose it would make you realise if you’re dependent on alcohol but there’s this increasing trend to say there is no safe limit which is plain untrue. I know friends who have gone dry are really looking forward to February!

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