Educogym Day 5:

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And the winner of most-will-power-demonstrated-in-a-very-tempting-environment is… ME! Last night was a big night in the beauty industry as Rimmel hosted a party to celebrate their 10 year campaign with Kate Moss. There was icy cold champagne, incredible fruit cocktails and decadent canapés by catering company Last Supper... but I stuck to sparkling water and kept moving round the room to ensure I wasn't approached by a waiter with a tray. You know what, it was fine. It taught me an interesting lesson: if I'm going to drink a cocktail and eat indulgent foods, it's got to be worth it and I'd really rather do that with my close friends and husband.

Anyway, today I feel GREAT. The gym session focused on chest and back and, although very tough, I feel virtuous and empowered. I have a lovely little 10 minute walk back to the office from the gym; enough time to cool down and stretch my legs. I'm not hungry either (the last meal I had was a small chicken salad with mayo last night - I couldn't face more eggs!). I have a work lunch later so I will tuck into steak and spinach (with béarnaise sauce as my fat quota) because my diet so far has been very yellow, white and orange from all the smoked salmon, cream cheese, nuts and eggs. Zana doesn't know this but I'm secretly weighing myself at home and I think I've lost about 4 or 5lbs so far.

My mint drops are a real saviour in the office and perfect for steering my taste-buds from temptation. On the 'treat table' right now there's a box of Prestat praline truffles and a packet of sweets. I really, really want a truffle - a gorgeous, melting, dense and buttery chocolate truffle - but instead I smell the box, visualise eating one, go back to my desk and put a drop of peppermint oil on my tongue. Wow: who is this person and what have I done with Alice?! The truth is I'm loving the fact that my body is using up my own fat for fuel, and I don't want to ruin that process. I just hope this newfound will power carries on over the weekend.

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