You have now entered the devastating period between Thanksgiving and Christmas–the time when you feel overwhelmed with the desire to bake and eat the goodies you avoid throughout the year. Regular workouts make room for an altered diet.
It’s time to start up your holiday exercise routine–time to engage the plan for submitting to your holiday food traditions and not put on 10 pounds in the process. My plan stands in tribute to a thousand holiday seasons and 100,000 good intentions. It goes something like this, barring natural work and sleep cycles:
You gorge at Thanksgiving.
You play a few rousing hands of cards. Probably no calorie-burning here, but at least you’re not comatose.
You eat leftovers.
You climb in and out of the attic, getting down the Christmas decorations, working up a sweat, lifting boxes, bending under the weight, dragging out artificial tree boxes (if you’re one of those people).
You eat some pie to recuperate but forego the ice cream (after all, it is morning).
You go on the Christmas tree search (if you’re one of those people). Tramping through woods with a saw is good exercise, but hauling and assembling an artificial tree also burns calories, especially if no one helps you. Looking through trees at a tree stand is a low calorie-burning activity in the sense that someone must lift and tie down your tree (upper body workout for two minutes).
You eat some more pie, this time with ice cream. Continue reading