My dear handsome Austin does this thing where he records the first incidence of Christmas anything in his phone, to see if Christmas is creeping up earlier year after year, like they say it is. Generally, the phrase “Christmas creep” refers to the phenomenon that is Christmas literally creeping up earlier and earlier each year. Sort of a marketing/consumerism thing. As a total side note, the Christmas creep doesn’t bother me at all, I quite enjoy Christmas any time of the year.
But when I say creep, I’m talking about the pounds. Conventional “wisdom” used to tell us that the average adult person in the United Stated would gain anywhere from 7-10 pounds during the holiday season. But according to the Times, that number is closer to 1 pound, which doesn’t sound so bad, except that typically, we hold on to this pound for the rest of our lves. So for all of the holidays that we do over our adult lives, we’re supposed to just hang onto that pound? Over 20 holiday seasons that’s 20 pounds, for those of you who aren’t too math oriented, which is well above the +/- 15 you get when you’re at your ideal weight. Total yikes.
What can we do to avoid the creep and avoid feeling like a slob kabob after December 31st?
- If you overdo it, go here.
- If you know you tend to overdo it, create a plan of attack. Take a teeny bit of everything, and not a lot of any one thing.
- Walk. Walk walk walk walk walk after a big meal. It just…works.
- Drinks. If you indulge, stay far away from the creamy, sugary alcoholic bevvies, and stick to simple, low cal bevs. I get made fun of all the time, but I truly think Michelob Ultra is sorta refreshing, and I love a vodka and soda with lime.
- Dessert. SKIP IT. (Totally kidding). But same rule as the food. Take a little bit, and realize there will still be more pie the next day.
- Get some sleep! Seriously.
- And stick to some sort of workout schedule. It can be really nice to sneak away from family for like 40 minutes for this. A few years ago, I took the family dog for 5 miles on Christmas. No one really missed me, plus I didn’t get knocked too far off my workout goals.
For me, to combat the poundage, and to avoid falling off the fit wagon, I plan to do a running streak between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, similar to the one I did between Memorial Day and the 4th of July this past summer. It’s at least a mile a day, every day, for however many consecutive days that is. I suck at math so that’s like….34 days right? Someone get back to me if this is wrong…