Eat, drink and be merry | Christmas over fitness, not fitness over Christmas

Finally, Christmas eve is here.

fitness over Christmas

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!

fitness over Christmas

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)Β 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…

fitness over the holidays






  1. Loved this post Tamara! You really have it figured out! <3 Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday week!!
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  2. SO SO SO GLAD we met this year.

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    • As am I (even more than you can possibly imagine!)
      Looking forward to Fluevoggin with you in June!

  3. Your balanced approach is a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the food, the lights, the warmth, friendship and the love of your family over the next week, Tamara! VERY excited to continue working with you in the new year! Merry Christmas.
    Sarah @ Semi-Sweet recently posted…A Loss (and Leftover Turkey Soup with Lemon, Barley &#038; Kale)My Profile

    • Thanks so much Sarah. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and make sure you eat some of the fantastic looking baking!

  4. I really have enjoyed your posts…glad I came across your blog. I am looking forward to the DietBet challenge as I have chose Christmas over Fitness for the past weeks….ha!…and my simple 5 pounds is showing…shoot!

    But, I am OK with that…I enjoyed my specific Christmas treats a bit too much and now I am getting focused and ready to enjoy being “fit” beginning Dec. 26th. and then for life! πŸ˜‰ I will be in control of the sweets instead of the other way around…..sweets controlling me.
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    • Thanks so much for your kind word Kathy! I’m so excited to have you join the DietBet. Such a great way to make new fitness friends and keep ourselves motivated!

      Kicking sugar is a great way to start the journey towards a healthier you! I’ll be blogging about that in the new year, for sure!

  5. Happy holidays to you and your family Tamara!

    I’m not committing to no fitness but Christmas is the priority and no guilt. If I can go for a run? Great! If not? That’s great too! It’s working for me! This has been as close to a stress free holiday season that I ever remember having as an adult πŸ™‚

    See you in Jan!
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    • Thanks Jill! I’m so looking forward to this week. Like you, it seems to be the calmest Christmas I’ve had in a long time. Finally (after 45 years!), I’ve figured out how to slow down and not place such high expectations on the season!

      Enjoy your run and your holiday family time!

  6. LOVE Tamara & I so want those cookies & cinnamon buns!!! πŸ™‚

    Well, I got sick in November & the had the Hawaii trip so I have had plenty of time off.. so.. I will be doing my regular workouts & that is fine here. It all works out & my time does not interrupt other things. πŸ˜‰ I still will enjoy as you will see on my post today & we have a get together Christmas day too!

    Have a wonderful holiday & TIME OFF!!!! ENJOY!
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  7. Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana says:

    Love your sense of priorities Tamara. For me, balance is getting at least one workout in when I’m traveling. There’s so much gluttony and disruption from my normal routines that a workout is like a breath of fresh air. Merry Christmas!
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    • Hey Suzanne,
      They’ll always be clean eating and time to exercise, but Xmas cookies? Only once a year! I will probably end up heading to the gym for a light session by the end of the week, but not out of guilt, out of the need to get away from my kids for an hour! (God bless their chaos and mess!)
      Have a very Merry Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you next year!

  8. Merry Christmas Tamara!! I’m with you on choosing Christmas over fitness (although my husband did send me to the gym on Monday because I was getting a wee bit cranky and stressed and he knew that would set me straight. haha. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday with your family and enjoying yourselves. Social media breaks are wonderful. I’m on one too πŸ™‚
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    • Ha! My family tells me to go knit when I’m crabby! I’m still enjoying time at home with the kids, but think that after another day or so, a visit to the gym will be required! (Actually, tomorrow I’m planning an outdoor workout for this week’s #FatblasterFriday video; as long as the weather and my 13-year old camera man cooperate!)
      Have a great week my friend! xo

  9. that is true balance. ANd i think our bodies need it. BREAK from the norm, REST, and true MERRIMENT!
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  10. Ahhhh! I love the card! Super smart. πŸ˜‰
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  11. Great post Tamara! I hope you had a fabulous holiday!

    I did not train on Christmas Day or Boxing Day either! Felt good to give myself a rest! πŸ™‚
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    • Thanks Kierston! We had a fabulous Xmas! I got out for a workout yesterday and headed to the gym today, so almost back to normal!

      Have a happy new year!