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It’s not been going well

So, where are we? Off course, that’s what. But to sort out a problem, you have to admit the issue, and I’m happy to do that. I wrote down what had happened since I last checked in here, then asked GPT-4 to imagine that this blog is my advisor, getting it to suggest what to do next. I was quite impressed! Let’s go.

Me: Hey there, Food and Dietary Blog. It’s been a while since I last checked in. I had made some great progress on my health journey earlier this year, but I’ve hit a bit of a snag recently.

Food and Dietary Blog: Hi! It’s good to hear from you again. I’m here to help and support you on your journey. Can you tell me more about the changes and challenges you’ve faced recently?

Me: Definitely. Last Christmas, I was at my heaviest weight. After the holidays, I made some big changes. I started eating a vegan diet at home and limited my alcohol consumption to only when I was out socialising. By June, I had lost 6kg and felt amazing!

Food and Dietary Blog: That’s fantastic progress! A plant-based diet can offer numerous health benefits, and cutting back on alcohol can certainly aid in weight loss. But I sense there’s more to the story?

Me: You’re right. Over the summer, I went travelling and let’s just say I indulged quite a bit. I didn’t stick to my healthy eating habits, and since coming back in September and October, I’ve been struggling to get back on track. Now, my weight is back to where it was last Christmas. It’s disheartening.

Food and Dietary Blog: I understand how you feel. Travel and changes in routine can disrupt our habits. But remember, setbacks are a natural part of any journey. The key is to reflect, learn, and find a way forward. Have you thought about what might help you get back on track?

Me: I’m not entirely sure. I think I need to get back to my vegan diet at home and be more mindful of my alcohol consumption. But it’s been tough to find the motivation.

Food and Dietary Blog: Starting with familiar habits can be a good approach. Here are some suggestions:
1. Revisit Your ‘Why’: Think about why you started this journey in the first place. Reflecting on your motivations can reignite your commitment.
2. Set Small Goals: Instead of aiming for a big change all at once, start with smaller goals. Maybe aim to eat vegan for three days a week and gradually increase from there.
3. Meal Prep: Preparing meals ahead of time can help you stick to your diet, especially on busy days.
4. Limit Temptations: Clear out any unhealthy snacks or trigger foods from your home.
5. Seek Support: Talk to friends or join a community group focused on healthy eating. Sharing your journey can be motivating and offer accountability.
6. Stay Active: Exercise can complement your dietary changes and boost your mood.

Me: Those are some great suggestions. I especially like the idea of revisiting my ‘why’ and setting small goals. I think I’ll start with meal prepping for the week ahead.

Food and Dietary Blog: That sounds like a fantastic plan! Remember, it’s not about being perfect but about making consistent efforts. Every meal, every choice is a new opportunity. You’ve got this, and I’m here to support you every step of the way!