Time flies when you’re having fun! Christmas is here again before we know it (it already has been here for quite a while according to the commercial marketing experts) and it is the season to be jolly (faalalalalalallaaa). Unfortunately all the sillyness and jollyness leaves us with a bit of a sour aftertaste when it’s all over. The average weight gain in Australia over the Christmas period is 0.8-1.5kg according to Nutrition Australia (my sources claim this is actually not accurate, and the number should be a little higher). Doesn’t sound like much you may think? The problem is that this weight gain usually never get lost after the holiday is over. Therefor, after 10 silly seasons, you are sitting there; 8-15 kilos heavier on average. That’s a lot of fat. And it really sucks when you have to start losing it all. So, I suggest you are better off being prepared for the silly season and come out on the other end, just as you entered it (or even a little lighter?!).
Sensible Silly Season Survival Suggestions by Awesome Ashild
- Be prepared. Make up your mind before you go into the event on how much you are going to drink and if you are going to have dessert or not. Being prepared also include checking out the menu of it’s available and deciding on what to have before you go or bringing a dish if it’s a lunch spread at someone’s house. At least you know there will be one thing you can eat as much as like of (unless you decide to bring dessert..?!). Planning ahead always beats beating yourself up for not planning.
- Do a workout. A good workout, work up a sweat, feel good about yourself, eat a good, healthy, nutritious meal afterwards. This way you won’t be ravenous when you arrive for the big partaaaay (and you will also feel hotter/more attractive/confident/sexy/great in your new outfit).
- Drink less alcohol (yes, I know, I came up with that one all by myself…). But seriously, do you really need to drink that much, every time? Yes, have some glasses of whatever tickles your fancy, but have some water in between, drink sparking water from a champagne glass if it makes you feel special, but just cut out a few of the drinks you can’t drive after having (and yes, don’t drink and drive you bloody idiot!).
- Talk more, eat less. If you are too busy talking to everyone you meet and catch up with at these silly events (sorry, silly season events), you will probably not have too much time to eat. Because talking with your mouth full is just rude (and quite disgusting in my opinion). You can’t make friends with a mouthful.
- Put on a really tight suit or dress. This is always sure to make you so uncomfortable that you will not eat or drink much (or stay long at the party, because the party will most definitely suck big time!).
- Play with the kids. Yes, they love it when we oldies join in (I am obviously just kidding here, I am only 30 and by no means an oldie and I always join in when the kids are playing. Unless it’s cricket…) and it’s an excellent way of a) getting away from the lunch table, b) burning off some excess energy and c) staying away from the beer bottle. And guess what, it’s actually a lot of fun too!
- Eat more vegetables.
- Drink more water.
- Move more (dancing on the table counts).
- The day after a big event, skip the carbs. Eat protein and fats instead and drink lots and lots of water. You will feel so much better for it. I promise.
- Enjoy yourself. Life is just so much better if you enjoy yourself.
- Don’t go on an amazing “Lose 15 kilos in less than 2 hours with this amazing little secret” diet in January. They don’t work and you know it. Keep eating sensible during the non party time. Keep up your normal training and add a few more walks (this also makes that massive meal sink a little easier) and don’t make every day a party day. Party food is still for parties, even in December (someone needed to say it out loud, I am sorry you had to hear it from me..).
Yes, I do admit I may have heard number 7, 8 and 9 somewhere else earlier. But they do sort of make sense to me, so I decided to include them in my own Sensible Suggestions. What’s your hot survival tip for the Silly Season coming up (already started for some of us)? Something you always do to avoid the Post Christmas Blues? Please do spill your secrets so we can all benefit from them, sharing is caring (according to both me and the Care Bears ~ oooooh, Care Bears….!!).
Have a Very Merry Silly Season all you beautiful people 🙂
PS, if the pictures comes out ridiculously small, I have no idea what happened!