I'll be perfectly honest, I don't account this small miracle to anything I've been doing on an intuitive eating level - although the couple of weeks running up to Christmas I was definitely being a lot more mindful in terms of portion size (using a small plate again, mainly).
However, following my trip to Uganda a few months back in October, I seem to have had a persistent stomach problem. I know, I know, I need to see the doc, but it is SO damn hard to get an appointment at my local surgery, it puts me off ever getting help with my health.
Anyhow, I basically was really ill for the first few days I got back from Uganda, high fever and my bowels had turned to water, without giving you too much gory information. And the stomach cramps actually made me cry. Proper tears. And I'm no wuss, I can tell you.
Since then, I've generally just not been right. Sometimes, it seems like I'm really, really full after eating just a small amount. And other times, there just seems to be a persistent pain (not agonising, but there) and lots of bloating.
Even though I did stuff myself with my Christmas dinners, especially on Christmas Eve which is our special night with our Polish food, afterwards I suffered for it and could not indulge any further - as would be normal - meaning my Christmas intake was more limited than normal.
So - thanks probably to some parasite living inside me (right okay Andrea: GO AND GET IT CHECKED OUT!), I did not put on any Christmas weight. There's always a silver lining.
However, I have been very slack in terms of remaining intuitive and mindful about my eating, and I do intend that for 2012, I will start to revisit my normal eating principles and get some weight off.
Happy New Year anyhow!