I can think of nothing outside of religion itself that inspires such full-on religious zealotry as success with a diet does. Even professional sports can't quite compare. There's no doubt that the atmosphere of the forum lately has been getting more intense as people go to extremes to get the body they want (ie. 100% carnivorism) and the ensuing debates erupt. I feel I've got nothing worthwhile left to contribute to any discussions here since the kinds of discussions going on seem to require degrees in biology.
So I'd like to take things back a notch and re-embrace a crucial component of the Primal Blueprint which is that "20%" that is our security blanket/safety net/de-stressing zone/what have you.
Winter is setting in, which means a fitness buddy is more important than ever to keep up that motivation. The thought of going out at dawn for sprints and then a nice long walk is not appealing at all at this time of year. As for me, I have no fitness buddy. I'm stuck living at home and going nowhere thanks to stupid choices in university and the nature of the city in which I live. So I've decided not to stress about my body at all over the holidays. I'll do my Krav Maga three times a week, keep IFing and eating two meals a day mostly of meat and vegetables, do some pullups every now and then, but that's it. Neighbor invites me out for a DQ Blizzard? You bet. Buddy from Calgary comes to visit? Yes, the "Mile High Mud Pie at Montana's" tradition will live on. Christmas baking? Don't mind if I do.
Heck, I had Rice Krispies, Kraft Dinner, and then tater tots and pork-n-beans with my ham at dinner the other day. I feel perfectly fine.
Now, come Spring, I'll be getting into Crossfit and hopefully by that time I'll be in a better financial position to afford my own place and surround myself with health-minded people, but for the time being I'm not going to stress over it.