This week for me is all about getting back on the horse. I wondered a lot in the past couple of weeks about the festivity that is the end of the year. All the consumption, it’s the only word I have for it, is so crazy. Any other time of the year if you ate until your belly was filled to the brink or drank your closest living relatives under the table, well it would be a good thing. It’d be an excess, an over indulgence. I guess in some ways it still is that. But under the guise of being festive.

Then it finds a lot of us in the New Year, feeling a little blah and ready for a change. My experience in the past few weeks has been one of fullness in a lot of senses of the word. An overly full belly, full life, full mind and full of bs stories for myself. I had planned to limit any Christmas fall out by eating normally and only indulging on key days. It turns out, this didn’t happen.

Hubby and I have both come home at least 4kg heavier from the week away. Gah. Do you have any idea how long it took to LOSE 4kg? Ages. We are blending up a lot of green smoothies and enjoying all the best that food has to offer. Whole, clean, real food. Hubby has taken up running and heads out most afternoons for a half hour or so jogging his way around the neighbourhood. I’m back in the pool, the gym is next. It won’t take long to strip them back off.

Sometimes you just have to write off the gains and get on with it. That’s our plan.

How are you getting back into the New Year? Or are you one of those people who doesn’t falter no matter the season? 

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  • Patrick weseman

    I try to walk places if I can. I am lucky that in the morning I can walk 30 minutes to the BART station (our subway) and can walk up the hill (seven minute walk) to work. It helps me in fitness and helps to clear my mind.

    • Sounds great! Here, they have a TV campaign saying ‘Did you get your 30 today?’ in relation with exercise, which you could absolutely say YES to. Ever bit makes a difference, and like you said, especially to your peace of mind. Exercise gives me clarity, that’s why I love it.

  • Psych Babbler

    I surprised myself this year by continuing to go to the gym everyday…even Christmas and New Year’s. I did feel like I over indulged prior to Christmas due to work Chrissy lunches and chocolates. But surprisingly, I lost a kilo when I weighed myself last week.

    • Oh awesome! Way to kick the festive seasons BUTT. I’m so jealous actually. I did plenty of swimming {errr, floating} in the ocean but no real exercise, I felt it today upon my return, let me tell you. Ouch.

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  • Erin

    I’ve been making green smoothies too! Yum! All the best, trying to get healthy too!


    • They are SO good. Can’t wait to check out your recipes. Good luck to you! All together we can live the healthiest year of our lives. One green smoothie at a time. Haha.

  • Melissa Lawrence

    I have gained with too many extras over the break too. Back to the No Sugar/low sugar regime for me.

    • Do you know how many exactly? I only ask because I had visions of a crazy amount of kilos and when I stepped on the scales was a little surprised. You might be too. And if not, now you know where you are! Low/No Sugar is the best to kick bad habits, it just rips them right off you. 😉

  • I lost 35 kg last year (still leaving me plus size, but much healthier and happier). Over the “festive season” (which admittedly for me started far too early and only ended this week!) i gained almost 12 back! Major d’oh! However, i LOVED your sentence “Sometimes you just have to write off the gains and get on with it”. Good point … time i stopped beating myself up and just got on with it … right along with you 🙂 xx

    • Sure, 12kg is a lot to have let come back on. Sure, you’d rather it didn’t happen. But it did, now it’s time to get back to work. Promise, this attitude has served me no end in the past 12 months or so. Hope it helps you get back out there too.

      AND 35KG IS AMAZING!! Wow. In high school, weighing the least I have ever weighed in my adult life, mid dis-ordered eating I was still a 14/16. Some girls are bigger than others. Full stop. My Mum always says you can’t get Shetland ponies out of draught horses. 😉

  • Cassandra (@littleOliverJ)

    I gained 4kg too but I weighed myself yesterday and I’d lost it again, I think my scales might be buggy, this stuff never happens to me. Or maybe my body is changing, who knows.

    I read somewhere that we shouldn’t be sad about the weight we gain over the festive season, we should be glad that we have the abundance of food to do so. I lived by this and it really helped me not feel guilty and rubbish on the 26th, thats always when the cycle begins again for me.

    I love your positive attitude! x