Tis the Season to be Fat & Jolly? - Ivana Chapman

Tis the Season to be Fat & Jolly?

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Being fat and jolly is for the big guy dressed in red and white – not you!

It’s that time of year again; the month or so of eating, drinking, and general celebration that proceeds Christmas. Whether you’re celebrating Xmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, there’s sure to be an abundance of unhealthy food and fattening drinks involved. I’m not one to spoil a celebration (this is the girl who celebrates her birthday for a whole week!), but what are you supposed to do when you’re trying to maintain a lean physique during this time of year?

Choose Carefully

You can partake in the egg nog, mulled wine, turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, candied yams, chocolates, christmas cake, or latkes, but probably not all of them…and not all at once! In fact, pick 2 or 3 favourite foods and stick to those. I skip the egg nog and stuffing, but no one’s keeping me from the chocolate and truffles at Christmas time! It’s fun to be glutinous once in a while, but your stomach – and your physique – will thank you for not going over the edge.

Remind Yourself of Your Goals

If you’re working on losing that last 10 pounds you probably don’t want to set your goal date for a couple of days after Christmas. That’s just setting yourself up for trouble! If you can’t bear the thought of skipping all those treats then you’ll feel nothing but guilt in the new year. Be realistic about what you can achieve during this time of year. Plan ahead so that you’re not starving when you hit another party. If I know I’m going to be indulging at a particular meal, I make a point of eating as lean (protein and veggies) as possible for the rest of my meals. I tend to have a couple lean days before and after the Christmas period.

Enjoy Stuff…Besides Food!

Holidays are about more than just food. There’s the drink too. Kidding!

There’s plenty of other things that the holidays are about:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Watching cheesy Christmas specials on TV
  • Getting outdoors to do winter activities like sledding and skating (unless you live in Australia. Then you spend time on the beach)
  • Spending quiet time indoors reading or chatting with your family in front of a fireplace
  • Some people consider it a religious time of year and they head to church and temple…go figure!

I hope you and your loved ones have a fabulously festive time over the holidays.

Revel in this special time of year.

Just don’t forget that only Santa is supposed to be fat and jolly.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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