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Let’s Pledge to Stop the End-of-Year Diet Head Games!

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So I’m in the car yesterday and a commercial starts to play for a local gym. I wish I could find it online to play it for you because I’m not going to do it justice.

Basically the whole premise of the commercial was to completely indulge this holiday season and then vow to “work it off” on January 1.

I pledge to...

This is actually on their site:

“stop counting calories. Savor each meal. Don’t just stare at the desserts – order one of everything. Live it up this holiday season by pledging to work it off in January at…”


Let’s just reinforce quite possibly the WORST yo-yo diet-inducing mentality ever and prey on folks’ insecurities to sell gym memberships.

MAN, it makes me SO ANGRY.

Here’s the deal… sure, indulge this holiday. Savor each meal — I TOTALLY AGREE but please don’t go down the all or nothing black hole. Don’t use the holiday as an excuse. Don’t utter the words, “I already ate whatever, I might as well…” and if you think it, catch yourself and say, NO! #wycwyc!

Well, that’s what I do at least. 

What’s going to happen? Is everything going to magically change on New Year’s Day? 

Really? Did it last year? The year before? How many New Year’s have you fallen for this?

Want to use the New Year for a shot of motivation? By all means DO IT!  But there’s absolutely NO reason to throw away the rest of this year, sabotaging yourself and waiting for it.

Why? Why do that anyway? Why start off your new perfect attempt with even more weight and bloat and calories to work off?

Think about it…. It doesn’t even make any sense!

Listen, this weekend I had one too many cookies. I ate a few things I normally wouldn’t have eaten at a party, or two. Geesh, I even baked a cake and enjoyed every icing taste test and a big glass of milk alongside my slice. You know what? Today is a new day and I’m just trucking away like I always do — date at the gym, healthy breakfast, etc.

Nothing’s changed.

So yeah, I’m going to indulge. I have no problem in that department, believe me. But I also know the difference between a handful of cookies and an all out, end of year, pity-party-I’m-so-fat-I-might-as-well binge.

Don’t fall for it.

No food should make you feel guilty.

Let’s pledge to stop the diet head games we play on ourselves this holiday season.


It’s all about doing what you can when you can.


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There are 9 comments so far.


    December 22, 2014

    Roni I needed this. I have been on a food binge like you would not believe. I have been trying to tell myself I do not want to gain my normal 10 pounds that I gain every Thanksgiving until Christmas is over. I got on the scales this morning and I was up 7 pounds since November 5. I have got to stop playing these HeadGames giving myself permission to eat during the Holidays.


    December 22, 2014

    I’ve heard those commercials too. I thought they were awful! I was really surprised that a gym that supposed to get people healthy would “go there.”


    December 23, 2014

    Thank you for this. I’m in a bad head space. I’ve gained 7 not just from indulging not sure what’s going on but its really bothering me. I have so many food rules/diets in my head not quite sure where to start. I think the first thing I might need to do is lose the scale for a bit. It used to motivate it me lately it serves no purpose other than to depress me.


    December 23, 2014

    Hi Roni, I think I need to keep this post open on my computer for the rest of the day (or week!) as a reminder. Needed this post this morning.


    December 23, 2014

    Wow, that is just a terrible ad! I joined a facebook support group in November coached by one of the trainers at my gym, our goal: for 2 months, not gain any weight. The average American gains between 7-12 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, I was shocked when I saw those numbers. I’ve never had a problem with working out, it is my food choices that sabotage me. It has taken me being well into my 40’s to finally realize diets don’t work. I need to eat better consistently, treats here and there. On another note, it drives me crazy when on Jan 1st there are suddenly a ton of new members at my gym crowding up the group fitness classes I take. Almost all of them are gone by Feb 1st!


    December 23, 2014

    ” don’t go down the all or nothing black hole. Don’t use the holiday as an excuse. Don’t utter the words, “I already ate whatever, I might as well…”

    That whole quote right there sums it up perfectly. There’s every excuse to fall completely off the wagon, but there’s leagues of reasons why you shouldn’t. Enjoy yes!!! But don’t drown in it.


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    December 30, 2014

    I’ve never weighed/dieted/deprived myself. Glad I don’t play the HEAD games!


    January 16, 2015

    Deal! Real food is the key to not feeling guilty… as long as you know your food source and that it was created in a way that is not cruel of toxic, then you should never feel guilty :) has some pretty good pre-packaged meals for when you’re on the go so you don’t fall for the donuts in the lounge or the drive thru. But like you said, stop feeling guilty :)