It’s a new year and as I return to the daily routine of work and school, I also return to the daily routine of everyday eating.
Yup, the days of indulging over the holidays are over. And dare I say, now that I’m an old lady, I’m looking forward to everyday eating. I can’t pound the Christmas cookies like used to and not feel it.
And there were plenty of Christmas cookies over the break. In fact, there were plenty of everything over the break. Here are my Top 5 Christmas Break indulgences (and stay tuned for my Top 2 Ways to Combat my Top 5 Christmas Break Indulgences!):
- Christmas cookies.The frosted, cut-out sugar cookie kind. Heaven!
- Sugared pecans. A friend gave me a jar this year coated in white sugar, brown sugar, and Kailua. Oh, my!
- Gingerbread cake. No one else liked this indulgence besides me and my husband. Which was a blessing and a curse as there was more of this tasty morsel to share between fewer people.
- Wine. I’m not a lush, but there was just a bit more wine than usual available to be poured and consumed over the holiday break.
- Anything left on the kitchen counter in a festive tin.You might think the tin was a deterrent, but you would be wrong. If it was festive, it was like opening a present every time I visited the kitchen.
So how do I counteract all those indulgences?
A wee bit (okay, a lot) of exercise.
Now if you are the kind of person who needs to exercise with a buddy or go to a gym, then by all means do that. But if you are like me and enjoy exercising at home, without getting spiffy to go out of your house or having to drive anywhere, then check out my Top 2 Ways to Combat my Top 5 Christmas Break Indulgences.
- Leslie Sansone does Walk at Home videos. Most are freely available on YouTube. I like the 1 mile walks because 1) they are low impact, and 2) they last about 15 minutes. I also like Leslie because she’s not a 20-something toned nymph. No offense to any 20-something toned nymphs–I’m just jealous.
- Lucy Wyndham-Read offers a lot of variety. You can enjoy a brisk (aka hard!) 4 minute HIIT workout, or a 15-20 walking and toning workout. You never need any weights or gym equipment either. She also has videos targeting trouble spots like your “bingo-wing” arms or tummy. Like Leslie Sansone, most of Lucy’s videos are free on YouTube. She’s also British so it’s nice to listen to her accent.
And what if you don’t want a new year, a new you? I get that, I really do. So does this meme:
So what was your favorite indulgence over the holidays? And what is your favorite way to combat those indulgences?
Here’s to a new year full of fitness and fabulousness!