Portsmouth 16/12 - week 6

Apologies for the lateness of this blog, I missed last Mondays session for personal reasons and have only just got the pitch scores through (thanks Les!). But tbh, I can’t be bothered to faff around as usual so this will be short and sweet.

Yellows 13 - 15 Purples - after a match that ended 3 - 13 the Yellows must be gutted. Not only did they lose their 100% record but they came so close to getting the win after the scales were added in. I heard that Joe Brown turned up late (as usual) and turned the game but that could be the Purples bragging lol.
Blacks 15 - 12 Blues - the Blacks won convincingly on the pitch, 12 - 5 but another fantastic effort on the scales saw Blues almost snatch victory.
Reds 7 - 15 Whites - the pitch score of 4 - 7 showed once again that the Whites are the team to beat on weight loss. All season they have led the way and it looks like they will not be slowing down any time soon.

On the scales it was a good week for David Mitchel who lost 2.7kg. He was very closely followed by Simon Grant who lose 2.6kg. John Hookey lost 1.4kg and two players losing 1kg are Luke Harbert and Daniel Mengham.

So nothing has changed in the league table but the Top Scorer table only has 5 Whites players showing. Who’s letting the side down there?
Meeting - we didn’t have one but this is what was going to be discussed. Hopefully with a little input from you guys.

How to have a healthy Christmas

Christmas can be tough if you’re trying to lose weight. Everyone’s in a good mood and everything seems to focus on food and drink as we get closer and closer to Christmas Day itself. Now, I’m not ones to demonise food and if you really want a mince pie then I’m definitely not suggesting you deny yourself that pleasure. But what can you do when the temptation to overeat and drink too much is everywhere but you want to keep a modicum of self-control so you don’t end up undoing months of hard work?

Break it down

Christmas is not a month of gorging. Try to see Christmas as a series of events. OK, there will probably be a few more celebrations than your average month but where many people run into trouble is the daily excess that December can bring. Enjoy yourself when it’s time to celebrate, but in between those times, aim to maintain your usual healthy lifestyle as much as possible.”

Know your limitations

Everyone deserves to treat themselves and make the most of Christmas, but it’s important to understand just how much you can handle. As many people see the festive period as an excuse to drink more than usual and to overindulge on rich food, doing so can leave you feeling fatigued, heavy and may cause indigestion, so take it slow”.

Be mindful

Being aware of what you’re eating is also key to having a healthy Christmas. If you know you’re going out to a party, adjust your daily diet accordingly. If you’re going to be consuming more at night, then eat less during the day and be aware of your feelings – if you feel full, then stop eating.

Discreetly decline

It’s ok to say no. How many times have you heard people say “but it’s Christmas!” as a reason for why you should have a second helping, or why you should tuck into the Christmas? If you’ve been on a mission to lose weight all year and don’t want to start unpicking at your progress over Christmas, just say no – no one can force you to eat things if you don’t want to. There are other subtle ways of doing this. If you’re going to a party, eat a healthy meal with lots of vegetables and good quality protein before you go, so you don’t turn up hungry and ready to eat everything in sight. Using the excuse of having already eating is a good one that no host will take personally if you’re worried about offending people!”.

Indulge in healthy luxuries

Luxuries don’t necessarily have to be unhealthy. Are there any healthy foods that you really enjoy but rarely get to have during the year. Anyone?

Avoid grazing

If you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen this Christmas, avoid the temptation to pick at foods while you’re cooking. This can cause you to be full before it’s time to eat your dinner, which if you eat a meal on top of that will end up leaving you bloated and can add hundreds of extra calories to your day.

Get organised

Start thinking about your Christmas food shop early and make sure you remember to order all of the treats you want to enjoy but don’t end up with a lot of excess junk food. Doing your food shop online also means you won’t be tempted by the various offers that may catch your eye when walking down the supermarket aisles, plus you’ll avoid the stress of a busy supermarket in the week before Christmas.

Don’t buy too early

Similarly, the shops have been stocking Christmas food for months, and it can be tempting to take advantage of offers, but if you buy it now will it last until Christmas? The likelihood is that you’ll get too tempted and will tuck in way before Christmas. Personally, I know I don’t have the willpower to resist so I will buy my favourite Christmas treats a few days before Christmas so that I’m not eating these treats constantly for weeks before the big day.

Keep exercising

Keeping active will help you to feel less groggy and sluggish over the festive period. Christmas is a busy time of year, but if you can squeeze in even a little bit of activity, your body will thank you. Make the most of the crisp winter days. A long walks in the countryside is a great family activity that will allow you to spend some quality time together while also getting some fresh air and exercise.

Set a date

Setting a date for returning to normality can be a good way of putting a stop to overindulging. Will you go back to your usual healthy eating habits in the lull between Christmas and New Year? Will you continue to make the most of being off work, surrounded by loved ones and plenty of biscuits until the very last day of December? Or are you more the type to get straight back on it on Boxing Day? Make a plan and stick to it and getting back to your normal will be a hell of a lot easier.

Enjoy it

Above all, enjoy your Christmas. It’s rare that we get the opportunity to take some time out, to celebrate and reflect on the year that has just passed, so make the most of it. If this involves more food and more indulgence than usual, then so be it. But, savour your Christmas Day and enjoy every mouthful!

Keep going

What? We didn’t say these weight loss motivation quotes would all be profound, because this one…well, it’s not. However, it’s some very sage advice. Similar to Nike’s beloved ‘just do it’, when you’re feeling like skipping a workout or having an extra treat meal, or whatever it is you do when you’re just about ready to give up – don’t do it. Just keep going.