However, even my surgeon said that if you don't give yourself permission to relax sometimes, it can make the whole process a lot harder. With this in mind, I let myself have some treats over Christmas and - just as with every year previously - I did put some weight on. It was only a couple of pounds but still, seeing the numbers go baack up on the scales was pretty hard after doing so well.
After thinking about it though, I was okay with it. I hadn't totally undone alll the work I've put in and I had a totally fab Christmas that I wouldn't change at all - even if I do have more to lose now to reach my January target.
In all honesty, the booze was probably the biggest culprit as it is essentially liquid calories, but how else are you going to celebrate Christmas? Of course, the mass amounts of cauliflower cheese I had with my Christmas dinner is probably responsible for at least half a pound.
I'm glad I did indulge though, as the festive period wouldn't have been as much fun if I didn't. I know that if I had avoided treats and turned down the extra slices of cheese - I frigging love cheese - then I would have regretted it when I got home, especially as the lack of walking would have made weight loss unlikely anyway.
I've still lost inches so more clothes are getting too big for me - I've had to start wearing a belt with my coat as it is so baggy now - and I noticed how much my face shape has changed since December 2015 thanks to Timehop on Christmas Day. I feel healthier even though I did have a second helping on profiteroles (I had to wait a couple of hours before I could, mind you) and I am happy knowing that I can still enjoy food and it isn't the end of the world if I don't lose weight every week.
To celebrate this and my changing body, I've even been brave and ordered myself a pencil dress to wear to my company party this month. I may not be at my target size and I definitely have a lot more weight to lose, but I'm feeling good and I'm looking forward to carrying on with my journey. If anything, an indulgent Christmas has set me up to get back on it this month.