Christmas is just around the corner, I can’t believe it either! It is a very busy time for everyone, but also a time for friends, family and yourself!

It’s been a great year right?! And it’s now coming to an end, which usually means lots of parties, lots of drinking, eating crap food, lack of sleep, stress and much more!

Here are some of my top tips to help you get through the next few months:

  • Start each day as a new day! You cannot change the past. If you did not exercise yesterday, had one too many drinks at a party last night, or ate something you wish you hadn’t, get over it! It is within your power to change that now.
  • If you are not at home this Christmas and you are going on holidays (lucky you!), you don’t need to have loads of equipment with you – just your training gear! Walk or run, or if you are near a beach then swim! If you want to do some strength training, what about using your body weight? Push ups, Tricep push ups, squats, lunges, step ups on a park bench? If you are not familiar with an area and you want to go for a run, pick a direction, run for 20, 30, 40 mins, then turn around and go back the way you came. Challenge yourself to get back to your starting point in a faster time – add more intervals!
  • Use this time to think about your goals and challenges for 2015 – fun runs, half marathons, triathlons, bootcamps, marathons – have something to aim for, to keep you on track!
  • If you are only just starting out on the get fit and healthy experience, don’t let the festive season scare you! You can do it – believe in yourself, everyone starts somewhere!

The festive season for many is about family and friends, eating and drinking!

How can you get through this time without putting on loads of weight and undoing all your hard work?

Here are some of my top tips for eating and drinking well over the Christmas period:

  • First of all, do not feel guilty. The feel guilty hormones are so much worse for your body than the feel good hormones! So go back to point one – forget about it and move on! Next time you go for that ‘bad food’, think about how you felt last time you did it!!
  • Think about your portion sizes. Food at this time of year is SO delicious and you usually only get it at Christmas time – Christmas Ham, Turkey with all the trimmings etc! If you find you go over board at Christmas, think about the food you really want and try a little bit of everything! Share a piece of Christmas pudding, get a half serve, put it on a smaller plate so it looks bigger, but is really half the size!
  • Why not mix it up a bit this year – prawns, salads, fresh veggies and fruit?
  • Eat slowly, chew your food, savour every mouthful. When you feel full, STOP! Listen to your body!
  • After lunch, because you haven’t over done it on the food front, you could go for a walk with family/friends, take the kids to the park, or go for a walk on the beach, rather than sitting in the chair and having a nap, because you ate too much and now cannot move!
  • Stay hydrated – drink 2 litres or more of water each day, mix it up a bit and add a squeeze of lemon or lime to it! If you want to have a few drinks, make sure you have some water in between each one – drink slowly and enjoy it!

Most of all, enjoy the Christmas break, if you have been training hard all year round, it is OK to have a bit of a break and have a few indulgences.

Let your body recover from hard training, then you will be more pumped and motivated to get back into it in 2015, ready to achieve the goals & challenges that you have set!

If one of your goals in 2015 is to get fitter, healthier & happier; stay tuned for the up and coming Fit & Fab Mummy Bootcamp – starting early January 2015!

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  • I try trally hard most of the year to eat well and not over indulge, but over the Christmas season I cut myself some slack and treat myself a little more ! So much yummy food ,, it’s only once a year !!

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  • Thanks for the tips, hope they help someone, I’m sure they will. Me? I’ve survived 47 Christmases without these tips, so I think I’ll be right

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  • Love the portion size tip, for me that’s my molehill (no pun intended) if I see a food I love I have to stop myself or I’ll eat it all…literally the whole pan! Lol

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  • Thanks again for sharing this article; have been toying with the idea of going with seafood and prawns instead of the heavy roast! hmmmm…. still pondering!

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  • Great thanks for the tips, Xmas is the killer of everyone’s diet!

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  • It’s always good to be prepared with this useful advice in advance.

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  • I am so excited that Christmas is near…but very nervous. Just got back into a healthy mindset, dont want to ruin it. Life is always about balance.

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  • Oh I needed this article – thank you for the tips!!

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  • might have make a list and add it to the inside of the pantry door!!

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  • Thanks for sharing – I’m hoping to adopt some of these ideas!

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  • an interesting and informative read

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  • Thanks for sharing this article with good tips; in particular a walk after lunch.

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  • Christmas new year is always a problem family and food

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  • Very good article.
    I have been losing weight nice and slow over the last 2 years.
    What I found easiest for me was to add a couple of kilos to my target to allow for Christmas and then you still feel good about eating. Then start the New Year at your original goal weight and go again.

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  • They are very helpful tips for looking after ourselves

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