Happy Christmas Eve! Yep, I’m one of those people that gets needlessly excited about Christmas. I’ve pretty much been counting down since June.
Over the last week, my Twitter feed has been rife with posts about how to stay healthy this Christmas, or suggestions on low calorie / low fat alternatives to Christmas food. Personally, posts like that make me want to scrape my eyes out with a rusty melon-baller.
I’m not saying you need to binge on chocolate for a week and have a glass of red wine with your eggs in the morning, there are obviously boundaries that don’t need to be unnecessarily overstepped.
However, it’s time to put things into perspective.
We all have busy lives. I have no problem admitting that I don’t make enough time to surround myself with friends and family, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Christmas might be one of the only times of the year that you’re with the ones you care about the most, so perhaps it’s time you cared about having a time to remember rather than logging your roast potatoes on My Fitness Pal.
One day of indulgence isn’t going to undo all your hard work throughout the rest of the year. Yes, it might feel like you’ve added a bit to your waistline, and truthfully you probably have, for a day, but it’s nothing that can’t be undone when the celebrations draw to a close with that commitment you’ve shown all year.
Many people, myself included, have lost people close to them. I’m sure it’s probably fair to say that none of them, in their final moments, were regretting that extra mince pie.
So please, for me, don’t be a turkey this Christmas.