I’m Gonna Be Smart on Christmas Day

Another major holiday is upon us, and, if your family is anything like mine, there will be lots of food around. That’s why I’m recycling my Thanksgiving Pledge and using it this Thursday. In a nutshell, it provides some parameters so I can eat whatever I want, without beating myself up afterward.

I’m making one big change, though, but I’ll get to that in a second. First, here’s what you need to know about my Thanksgiving Christmas Pledge.

Here’s how it works: You pledge to follow four rules on Christmas. That’s it. Easy peasy!

Rule #1: I will photograph everything I eat during Christmas dinner. (I’ll share my photos on this blog, but I encourage everyone to do this, whether you blog or not. It’s about accountability. Taking a photo creates a record of your choices. You can’t ignore, deny, or forget about the food you’ve eaten when there’s a record.)

Rule #2: I will not get seconds. I will indulge in a reasonable portion of anything I want, and I will enjoy it, but I will not go back for more. This includes dessert.

Rule #3: I will not graze or pick at food as it is prepared, emerges from the oven, or gets transferred to serving platters or leftover containers. I must place all food that I intend to eat on a plate, and eat it at the table.

The big difference between the Thanksgiving Pledge and this newly-adapted Christmas Pledge is that the Thanksgiving Pledge had one more rule that I’m not going to follow this time around:

Rule #4: I will exercise. (Any workout will do, whether it’s going for a walk or run, completing an exercise DVD, visiting your gym, etc.)

It’s a great rule, and you should totally follow it if you can! The reason why I’m not going to exercise on Christmas is three-fold:

  1. I’ve been exercising in the morning, but Christmas morning means only one thing: Presents!
  2. I’ve been working out every day since I arrived (read about my workouts in this post), with the intention of making my once-a-week rest day fall on Christmas.
  3. The gym I’ve been going to will be closed.


Speaking of the gym, in my last post I mentioned my plan of walking up yesterday and getting to the gym for a 6am boot camp class. I made it, and it was very tough, and fantastic, too. Patrick, a buddy from high school, taught the class, and he had us doing all sorts of squats, lunges, three types of push-ups, planks, and a bunch of different exercises with dumbbells and kettlebells. We also ran the stairs to the second floor about 12 times. It was nonstop for an hour.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be back at the gym for a bright and early spin class with my friend Molly.

Keep it up, David!


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