Christmas-fit, in 5 easy steps


I LOVE Christmas. It’s a good excuse to pack in three month’s worth of grub, all in one fortnight. Turkey, mince pies, Christmas pud, brandy cream, chocolate liqueurs….yum yum.

And then, there are all those carols, twinkly lights, cracking TV shows and gatherings of friends and family.

Yuletide is a riot. The best time of the year.

But then, in January, all that festivity all disappears….leaving me feeling like a flabby hungover bloater, with dry itchy skin caused by cold weather. And then there’s the neverending run of colds, coughs, sniffles, tummy bugs…. weeks and weeks of feeling below par.

So, forget January 1st. This year, I’ve decided to make some resolutions early. Not sure if I’ll be able to stick to them between now and the holidays, but I’m going to give it my best shot…

Visit a dentist

November’s a nightmare for tooth-rot. It’s when our son celebrates his birthday (as do a load of his friends), so there’s an endless round of parties, cake and goody-bag sweets. Plus we’re still reeling from Halloween and this trick-or-treat bucket, which contains enough sugar to power two small ponies.


I’ve been – ahem – ‘helping’ my children get through their Halloween haul, when they’re not looking. Naughty Mummy!

I’ll be off to visit the tooth-polishing fairy before Christmas – both me, and the kids – so that Santa doesn’t bring along any cavities along with his sack of goodies.

Cut down on drinking

Hangovers are easier if you don’t have to endure a run of them. So, to give my system a chance to detox properly before all the Christmas carousing begins, I’m going to cut down to three nights a week, max. So no more end-of-the-day vino pick-me-ups for me, then.

Head outdoors

sunshine after the storms

Winter sun…get on out there!

The daylight hours are dwindling, so I’m going to try and make the most of them, and get in my Vitamin D and seratonin fix when I can. Walking instead of driving; welly boots and macs for outdoor play even if it’s drizzly. And lots of snuggly Winter woolies – lovely.


puddle splashing’s a good way to make the most of a rainy morning

Daily exercise

And that does mean daily. Normally, if I’ve been for a run or a game of tennis, I let myself off the hook for a few days. But frontloading the activity now – even if it’s just going for a 20-minute trot round the block every evening, while D is bathing the kids –  means I can spend hours, guilt-free, slumped with a sherry in front of all those Christmas specials….right? I’m thinking Dr Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Miranda, the next season of Game of Thrones on DVD box set….*rubs hands together with glee*

Shop online, shop local

Christmas shopping is stressful. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of leaving all my present-buying until the last minute, then panicking about my lack of preparedness, and heading into central London the day before Christmas eve, because you’re spoiled for choice in all the shops there.

Well, this is true, but you also have to battle through the hordes of tourist shoppers and gangs of drunken revellers, out on a work jolly. So no, this year I’m going to buy my gifts locally and online.


Then hopefully, by the time the New Year sales hit, I’ll be fit, healthy, and raring to go into town, guns blazing, to bag myself some bargains…..That’s the plan, at least.


What are your Christmas-fit tips?

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  1. November 28, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    I always try to lose a few pounds in the run up to Xmas, so that I can enjoy putting them on again when it arrives!

    • November 28, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      Hehehe that’s the spirit! Makes all that exercise a WHOLE lot more enjoyable!

  2. November 28, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Yes, I “help” the children with their Christmas haul too…it’s lethal isn’t it? I don’t have any tips….except to help them less!! 🙂

  3. November 28, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    I have to admit I usually make the enjoy life resolutions myself

  4. November 28, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Good tips! this year being pregnant, I’m not worrying about getting fit before christmas 😉

  5. November 28, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Heading outdoors is really something i should do alot more than I do, but I love nothing better than being at home x

  6. November 28, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    You’re so right about getting outdoors. I’ve been all about moderation (mostly) for most of this year now, having got fed up with stuffing my face for no good reason every December. And I feel so much happier for it, as well as enjoying my food and wine more when I do have it. Have a good one!

    • November 30, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks Helen! I’ll raise a glass to that! 🙂

  7. November 28, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    I might just wait until after Christmas! 🙂

  8. November 28, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Oh your tips are so good, I really don’t have anything to better those. I just go with ‘eat, drink, and be merry – starting on December 1st 🙂

  9. November 30, 2014 / 8:01 am

    I don’t really do anything different as I walk everywhere anyway

    • November 30, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      Good for you! I try, but if it’s raining I’m tempted to do the school run in the dry…

  10. November 30, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    It’s a great idea to get it before Christmas rather than wait until January where you usually have the best of intentions but they rarely last x

  11. December 1, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Normally I prefer to shop online but Xmass shopping in the mall has its benefits – lots of people but I love the atmosphere and the rush

  12. December 1, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Great tips Nell. I’m currently cutting down on alcohol and having a little detox – I can’t manage the hangovers any more!!

  13. December 2, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Christmas is the one time I don’t worry about keeping fit! I do slimming world all year and at Christmas I take time off to treat myself 🙂

  14. FourtyLove
    December 4, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Play Tennis! That will solve the problem! 😀

    • December 5, 2014 / 9:25 am

      I’ve been doing a bit of that too – I started lessons after playing a bit on my summer holiday. I do love it!

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