Three comments! I think it's a record! I am soooo grateful for all the advice (and big hi to Curlygurl who is a LL chum (and whose hair I envy more than is strictly healthy)). And now I'll ignore that advice three times over!
That was a joke! No, it was.
I think you're all absolutely right that if I leave too long a gap between CD and IPD it leaves too much opportunity for naughtiness (know thyself). Sugary naughtiness no doubt (ditto). So, I'm starting on Friday! I need to be a bit prepared so can't manage today or tomorrow. And the good news is that I don't feel that I have to eat everything I may conceivably fancy in the next 6 months in the next couple of days - like I did when I took a month off from CD over Christmas (and, let's not forget, put on over a stone in the process) - because I don't feel the same level of deprivation. I know I will find it hard to give up sugar (sugar which I shouldn't be having in any case) but I also know that it has to be done - for my health and for my sanity. I've not given up on hypnosis for this either - more of that later. But I can still have food and that feels amazing!
I did have sushi yesterday, bearing in mind that I wouldn't be having it again for the foreseeable future and it wasn't all I thought it would be. It was less delicious than I'd thought. I can do without it. Odd. I'd built it up to be so tasty and - it was fine, but not worth the mental agony.
BUT oh my 3 wise monkeys, I WILL be having pudding on 1st March. It would look odd if I didn't serve it (we always do 4 courses including cheese so I can't even offer cheese as an alternative) but I've found the best damage limitation possible so although I'll have pudding (a small one) and probably 2-3 glasses of wine, I'm prepared to stay on phase 1 longer to compensate. And everything else will be IPD sanctioned food. And it's worth it to get cracking now - as we all agree.
So on to hypnosis. DID YOU SEE SUPERSIZE VS SUPERSKINNY LAST NIGHT? I knew they had their tester testing hypnosis so made sure I watched it. Even though I was at my mother's and she insisted on watching a programme on bears so I had to watch it in another room. She wants a bear. Let's not even go there. ANYWAY, the journo (as I assume she was - and incidentally she bears a startling resemblance to Naughty R from LL and CD fame) was very skeptical about hypnosis. But it worked! I'm almost hyperventilating with excitement as I type this. Wonderful Mrs came through with her recommendation so I've contacted him and the woman from the programme last night (who will almost certainly be too expensive since she also did Celebrity Diet thingy programme (you can tell I didn't watch it)) to explore further. I am clearly susceptible and I could do with the help.
More and more I think I have a serious problem with sugar. I ate too much yesterday - was determined not to then came in to be told I had to go to a hardcore meeting on my own (no line manager) and immediately troughed down - and then had sugar withdrawal shakes at c7pm and couldn't sleep again for what I will term sugar-wiredness (yep, I made that up. So bite me (actually don't for your own sake, my blood is probably 65% sugar)).