Traditional Christmas celebrations in Northern Europe, aside from being charming and cosy, are a decidedly stodgy affair. The weather calls for it. This year will be no different, but I hope that I will be a little different (in the old health department, that is). I should stress that I work out 5-6 times per week, which sounds like a whole lot of training, but some “sessions” are only 15 minutes. I take it pretty easy on myself… and I also have to make time for a 7 month old baby, so short, sharp work-outs are all I can manage without an extra pair of hands to help out during the day. Consistency is not a problem for me. Having said that (and knowing that I am in store for more crazy feasting of the traditional Christmas variety this time around), I am extra-motivated to be in top shape prior to the aptly-named “silly season” this year.


  1. To be able to run 30 minutes on the treadmill (I have done this once only since my baby was born)
  2. To do yoga/pilates once a week (this does not include the mama/baby yoga that I do with my little one)
  3. To cut back on caffeine (with a view to cutting it out… although, to be quite honest this one scares the bejeezus out of me at the moment!)
  4. To cut back on sugar (this too scares the bejeezus out of me!)
  5. To progress through as many levels as possible of the vibration training programs (currently on “Advanced”, week 5)
  6. To say farewell to the last kilos of post-baby weight
  7. To have a range of beauty services done; haircut, facials, the whole shebang! (Yes, I love DIY, but I also like to outsource occasionally! And besides, I have purchased these services via Groupon… and that means BIG savings.)
  8. To make some time in my day for meditation/affirmations/relaxation (I was doing this throughout my pregnancy and it was great!)
  9. To drink lots of water (more than “usual”)
  10. To be as healthy, happy and relaxed as possible come mid-December

So, anyhoo… I am off to a not-so-amazing start, if I judge my progress by last week’s baking frenzy (see double-crust pastry apple pie and white chocolate-filled chocolate cupcakes), but today I aim to redeem myself with homemade fried (yes, I know… fried!) rice with extra veggies and salad, some vibration training (approx. 15 minutes), a 1 hour Zumba class and fruit for dessert. Let the quest begin!


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