This is just a pauze - I've done my best not to lose everything I've gained up to this point. It's not an easy decision to break with the routine, but sometimes other things do take priority.
I finished my job last week, after 10 years - this of course demanded a significant farewell celebration, which coincided with the school's Christmas party. I drank a lot and ate a lot, and a lot of what I ate was not on my Shapeshifter menu. I didn't want to allow myself to feel guilty of this, so I still did "some" workouts, though not giving full effort.
And then came Christmas and boxing-day - there's no way I want to miss out on these days with my family. I drank lots and ate lots again - and again I tried for a balance by doing "some" exercising every day.
I could have followed the Shapeshifter program through the whole of the week, but my heart wouldn't have been in it. I know myself well enough to know I'm not going to fall back into old habits permanently. Maybe I've taken a risk and messed up my metabolism a little, but I don't think I've done much, if any, real harm. Three bad eating days is not going to put back all the body-fat I've lost in 4 weeks - and it's given me one hell of a psychological boost.
Anyway - now it's 27th December, and time to pick up where I left off. Start of Week 5.
My goals for this next two weeks is to give more attention to my calorie intake so as to put on some muscle-mass, and to take my training up a notch to the next level. I've no more distractions (apart from New Years Eve), so I'm ready to rock-n-roll.