"What Should I Do Over Christmas?" - My Thoughts - StrongLife

“What Should I Do Over Christmas?” – My Thoughts


A common question for this time of year is “What should I do over Christmas?”

And my straight up answer is – Enjoy It!

Ya see, Christmas only rolls around once a year.

And although I’m a bit of a grinch, a lot of people love this time of year.

But for many who are after spending months working on their health and fitness, weight loss etc. it can be a period of stress.

You’ve become so used of being conscious of what you eat.

And it’s possible to be afraid of blowing it all, gaining weight and being right back to where you started.

And it is a genuine fear. It is possible to absolutely go nuts and pack on a pile of weight.

But the good news is, you can easily enjoy Christmas, eat great food, indulge in some beer and sweets and not undo everything.

I find Christmas a great time of year to unwind, have some lazy days, de-stress and not worry about food.

And I’d be the biggest hypocrite if I were to tell you to eat well over Christmas because come Xmas day, I doubt I’ll even be wearing pants to dinner to avoid the pressure.

Normally, there’s no more than 3 – 4 days of being a pure glutton before you’re literally sick of food.

3 – 4 days of loose eating will never undo months of hard work.

There’s absolutely no point working hard on your health and fitness if it means you cannot enjoy the special moments in life.

And i genuinely mean that last statement.

So instead of worrying about what to eat over Christmas, focus on:

  • Enjoy the time off to relax, unwind and forget about work for a bit
  • Eat a few awesome dinners, munch on a few sweets and unbutton the trousers if it gets too tight.
  • Go for a few beers/prosecco with your friends
  • Spend time with your family/loved ones/cat or dog
  • Get out for a walk every day to make you feel better about yourself and appreciate the mild weather we’re having
  • Watch some really tacky Christmas films
  • Annoy the hell out of your siblings/boyfriend/girlfriend (sure isn’t that what we do)
  • Sleep plenty, laugh lots and enjoy it.

Then come the 2nd of January, hop back on the wagon, remove the remainders of the sweets and biscuits from the house (that probably means eat them).

Set some goals and get back to working on them.

I love the gym, health and fitness, but I love enjoying life more.

If your diet/training adds stress to your life and removes enjoyment then it may be time to re-evaluate.

Over the Christmas I’ll be posting a few ideas for New Year Resolutions and how StrongLife may be able to help.

Until the, keep up the work, don’t go off the rails until we actually get to Christmas, earn those dinners and pig-outs and enjoy yourself.

Create some memories for yourself and sure we’ll have plenty of stories for each other in January!

Oh, and last thing.

Will ye feckin mind yourselves over the Christmas period. No one wants any accidents over the holidays.

Look out for yourself and others.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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