Finally, Christmas eve is here.
The presents are all wrapped (well almost). Christmas dinner has been prepped (except for dessert). All that’s left is spending time with family and friends, enjoying the tastes and traditions of the season. All of them.
In my house that includes chocolate fondue (with fruit and pound cake) on Christmas eve, eggs and bacon and cinnamon buns on Christmas morning and a turkey, with all the trimmings for an early Christmas dinner. And baking with the children!
Lots of food, lots of fun and lots of time with my family.
Notice that I didn’t mention fitness at all. No exercise (formal exercise, that is) for this girl. Oh sure, they’ll be walks to see the neighbourhood lights, some Super Mario Bros. on the Wii, ice skating at the rec centre and perhaps a beach walk, weather permitting. But no trips to the gym or home workouts on Christmas Day or Boxing Day (and maybe not even for the rest of the week; shocking!).
I’m choosing Christmas over fitness (rather than fitness over Christmas) and I’m okay with that.
It’s not like I’ll lose the muscle definition or cardiovascular conditioning I’ve earned over the last twelve months. Exercise consistently and progressively for 50 weeks out of the year and you can afford some down time without fear of having to start all over. And it’s not like I plan on gorging myself with rich, calorie-laden indulgences. Just enough to feel like I’ve experienced the holidays fully.
Are you with me? Allow yourself some time away from the gym (no feeling guilty) enjoying the all-too-short season of family and festivity! The weights and treadmills and squat racks will still be there when we get back…
I’ll be taking some time away from blogging and social media over the next few days (you should too; a break is a great way to re-discover your creative side!). Watch for my January #freshstartfitness challenge. A new, free home workout every day in January. Make sure you’ve liked my Facebook fan page to stay in the loop! And of course, there’s still time to join in the DietBet I’m hosting. Head on over here for all the details!