How to get through Easter without gaining weight

If the Easter Bunny looked like this, avoiding chocolate would be a lot easier

If the Easter Bunny looked like this, avoiding chocolate would be a lot easier

Happy Easter everyone!  Today I want to talk a little bit about getting through this Easter weekend without gaining weight, and hopefully, actually losing a little.

So far it seems that most of you in the transformation competition are doing exceptionally well, and thanks for getting your homework in on time!  For those of you who didn’t bother, 🙁  Come on, don’t let me down!

Anyway, I know most of you are thinking you might indulge a little this weekend, but I must warn you, even the slightest bit could mean absolute disaster for you.

I’m not saying this to sound a drill Sargent, I just know from experience the consequences that one little slip-up can make.

So often I see my clients do exceptionally well for the first couple weeks.  That is, until the first real ‘challenge’ comes along.  They say to themselves ‘what harm can a glass of wine do?’ or ‘I’ve worked really hard this week, I can get away with a chocolate or two’.

Please, please, PLEASE don’t do this.

You are just starting to gain momentum, and this is the last thing you need right now.

Remember this very important point:  Will-power is something you build. It is not something you are born with.

Here’s what I mean:  When you first start out on a challenge of this sort, you might feel like you are tempted by every little thing.  That’s because you have not developed any willpower yet.  So, in the beginning, it’s a MAJOR struggle turning down all those foods you want to enjoy, and you feel pretty beat up.  However, if you can muscle your way through these challenges, within a week you will start to notice something…

It starts to get easier.  Nice huh?

That glass of wine you used to have at dinner no longer seems to beckon you like it once did.

The donuts your co-workers bring to the office aren’t calling your name as loudly as they were last week.

It’s getting easier to ignore this ‘bad stuff’.

You are starting to build will-power.  The longer you keep this up, the stronger you will become.  In essence, your will-power is just another muscle that gets stronger the more your exercise it.

Now if you let yourself slip up, and succumb to indulgence, here is what can happen.

First off, subconsciously you’ve just ‘proven’ to yourself that you can’t do it.  This is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.  You started off the week telling yourself ‘This is for REAL this time, I am not going to let myself slip up at all!”  What do you think you are telling yourself when you make an excuse for having some of that Easter chocolate?

“I’m a liar, and I can’t eat healthy no matter how hard I try”  While this may not consciously be the case, when you tell yourself one thing but do something else completely different, you are losing trust in yourself.

This cycle of telling yourself one thing, then doing the opposite is disastrous to weight loss success.

Secondly, when you have started to purge the problematic foods from your system by following the process I describe in the Daily Detox Diet, you are finally subduing the cravings and allowing the toxins to exit your body.  This can set you up for incredible weight loss.  BUT, by reintroducing just a little bit of a negative food back into your diet, this process comes to a grinding halt.

I filmed a quick video clip this past Christmas that explains a little more about why you need to stay away from all temptations, and why the elimination of these offending foods in your diet is so important.  You can see that video on eliminating sugar and junk food cravings here.

Thirdly, while you might tell yourself, ‘this is a special occasion, I am allowed to have a little treat’, this is in no way a special occasion.  In fact, it’s a very common occasion.  If you really think about it, how many excuses can you find in a calendar year for indulging?  Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Birthdays, Summer Vacation, 4th of July, etc, etc, etc.  This list is never ending.  What you tell yourself is a special occasion is nothing but another excuse to let ignore your healthy nutrition and fitness plan.

If you let yourself go just this once, then the chances of you doing so again in another week increase dramatically.  In fact, chances are, if you let yourself slip up now, then you are 10 times more likley to not actually get back on the wagon at all.

What it comes down to is this:

Those who decide to pass on the chocolate and treats this weekend, will become stronger, they will continue to lose weight, and their will-power will get a boost.

Those who decide to indulge will be giving their self-esteem a punch in the gut, they will diminish the little will-power they had begun to develop, they will put a complete halt to their progress, they might even gain a little weight, and they will lose all of their momentum and be starting from scratch next week (if they start at all).

Eventually you will be able to get to the point where you can allow yourself these momentary indulgences and your body will be fine, but now is NOT the time.

Let me put it this way.  If, in the last 30 days, you have eaten healthy 95% of the time, and you haven’t missed a day on your training routine, then I would say you could risk having a ‘cheat meal’ and be okay.

However, if you have allowed a few dietary indulgences, or missed a day of training, you aren’t ready.

So I really hope this helps keep you on track.  Just remember that you are in complete control over what passes your lips.  You are the one who will decide what you eat, and what you don’t.  And you are the once who will decide if you stay on the couch, or get that quick fat-blasting workout in first (then you can go back to the couch and continue to burn fat while you sit).

Keep it up ladies, you are making me very proud.  If you want to drop me a line, use the comments section below.

A very happy Easter to you and yours!

Coach Rylan