Well, here we are again closing in on Christmas and no doubt people are already planning their new year diet. It is the first Yuletide, probably for about 12 years, that I won't have that option - if I am to keep up all the good work that I've done with this diet-ditching malarkey.
I kind of feel slightly panicked. What will I do if I can't help but overeat over the festive season? In the back of my mind though, I am considering one probability.
Maybe I'm not actually going to feel the need to overeat this year, as much as I have done in the past? I mean, I've started to legalise so many foods that many of the ones I normally reserve for the special occasion of Christmas I actually won't feel as compelled to eat.
And maybe, because I am not considering having the 'safety net' of a new year diet (not that it ever lasted longer than a fortnight), I might just not pig out quite as much as I have done in the past (with the reasoning, of course, that "It's okay to eat double my body weight in Christmas pudding and brandy sauce, because I have my salad leaf and H2O plan to look forward to come January 1st").
So, I'm treating this Christmas as another phase in my experiment. I refuse to be 'scared' about how I might cope with the masses of food because I can just use some of my new skills as much now as I have done over the past few months.
I will remember that there is not one food at Christmas that I cannot eat at any other time of the year - and I will choose only those that I truly love to eat. Anyhow, as it happens I've had one mince pie a day for about the last three weeks, so I'm already half fed-up of them!