My Holiday Survival Guide

JennsHolidayYou don’t need me to tell you how crazy this time of year is. Between holiday parties, family gatherings and gift exchanges, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m overwhelmed. No matter how many times I promise that I’ll have my Christmas shopping checked off my to-do list before Black Friday, I usually have a number of gifts left to find the week before Christmas.
Fitting in workouts this time of year is hard, too. My usual 45-minute to 60-minute sweat sessions have been replaced by 20 minutes here and there when I can, and usually in the morning because it’s the only time that it gets done. There are just not enough hours in the day. Most years, I freak out about gaining weight right before Christmas. So now. I freak out now. Between the eggnog (I go for the soy milk version, but it’s still chock full of sugar), the cookies and the numerous potlucks at my day job, it’s almost impossible not to splurge. Pair those splurges with less activity and you have a recipe for a few more pounds.
I’m not freaking out this year. I’m carefully picking my splurges (pass on the cheesy rice casserole, hit up the gingerbread men), limiting my wine consumption (tough, but worth it to savor a glass instead of downing three and almost falling asleep on the dance floor) and taking any activity I can—including enthusiastically cleaning my toilets and hardwood floors. Okay, maybe not enthusiastically, but cleaning is no joke. You get your scrub on, and you get your calorie burn on.
And even if I gain a pound or two, who the heck cares? Fit bottoms come in all sizes, and, like most years, I bounce back pretty quickly in January by getting back to my usual food consumption and regular workouts.
So there’s my plan. I shall indulge wisely, do something active most days of the week and be easy on myself. Actually, that sounds like a good plan for any time of year, huh?
At Thanksgiving, most of you told us that you were ramping up your cardio to make room for Tom. So, tell us, what’s your plan for the rest of the holiday season? Is it the same as on T-Day? Are you concerned about weight gain or just enjoying every chaotic second as I am? —Jenn

If you’re looking for more musings from the FBGs, check out Jenn’s thoughts on McDonald’s and Erin’s desire to be a morning person.

Photo grabbed from krisdecurtis at Flickr.

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  1. Erica says:

    Great honest post. Good luck with your to dos and Merry Christmas!!

  2. choosinglosing says:

    I’m enjoying it. Not with “abandon” so to speak, but I’m enjoying it and not letting myself feel deprived.

  3. BEE says:

    I always have this inner struggle during the holidays! Thanks for the honest post, it’s nice to know that other fitness fanatics let loose a bit too 🙂

    My favorite quote for the holidays- ‘it’s not what you do between thanksgiving and new years, it’s what you do between new years and thanksgiving.’

  4. Elizabeth says:

    It’s scientifically proven that calories don’t exist between Thanksgiving and January 2nd. It’s true! They are replaced with happiness and who wants to burn off happiness?

    So sayeth Dr. Happypants MacGuire, M.D, Ph.D., at your service.

    In all seriousness, sounds like a reasonable plan. If you like reasonableness, which I could personally take or leave. 🙂

  5. tfh says:

    You have such a good attitude toward it. In past years, I may have done the whole “I’m off-track-anyway-freak-out-and-go-crazy-and-eat-myself-sick” approach. This year I’ll try the “pick my splurges and enjoy them!” approach. And maybe even get some much-needed cleaning in!

  6. MizFit says:

    enjoying enjoying ENJOYING!!

  7. Sagan says:

    Great plan! I’ve got a similar one. Am cleaning lots to burn some extra calories. But eating plenty of cookies. And enjoying it ALL:D

  8. kd says:

    I am always encouraged by this blog and have to date lost 31 with equal number to go. November and December are hard. I’m getting in some bike riding with my Dad this week as I’ll be where it is warm! And I park far away when shopping and grocery shopping. And I carry a little basket and make more trips to the grocery store. Every bit helps!

  9. Juliet says:

    I’m always concerned about weight gain, especially during the holidays. For the holidays — I just do my best, I choose my indulgences carefully (and I do indulge!), and try not to overeat every day.. I also try to stay active, although I just came down with a winter cold, so I can’t go to the gym (so frustrating!)

    This cracked me up by the way: “Fit bottoms come in all sizes” 🙂

    Your plan sounds good. I hope your holidays are going well. 🙂