Every year, from about the middle of October to Jan 1st, I always feel like there’s more to look forward to than ever before. Let’s take a look at the run-down…
First off, I love fall. Apples, cider donuts, pumpkins, changing leaves, cooler running weather…I love it all.
Then comes Halloween. Halloween involves an abundance of free candy, therefore making it the most bomb holiday ever.
Within the following two weeks, Pete and I celebrate our 27th and 28th birthdays, respectively, which always involves multiple dinners out and lots of giving and receiving of presents (I love presents. Love them. Like, to an embarassing degree.)
Then comes Thanksgiving, a holiday that is 100% centered around eating as much delicious food as can possibly be stuffed into one’s belly, so obviously I’m down that one. Then Hannukah usually makes an appearance (presents!) , then Christmas(more presents!) and finally New Years Eve (whohoo!) Not to mention the holiday parties and events that have already started padding out calendars.
By the way, I swear I’m not as much of a spoiled brat as the above paragraph makes me sound, I just get unnecessarily excited by the thought of presents.
And clearly, all these events involve copious amounts of awesome food. I rarely try and hold back during the holidays, I love to eat way too much to deprive myself and many of my favorite goodies are only around during this time of year. I do, however, try to maintain some semblance of a running routine to combat the inevitable weight gain. Five pounds is my accepted limit and usually running most days helps me maintain that.
Plus, food tastes so much better knowing that you’ve earned it; guilt sometimes leaves a funny aftertaste, ya know?
So I signed up for a 4-mile race in Central Park the weekend before Thanksgiving in an effort to get motivated. I won’t be shooting for a good time because I’m doing it through my job, so I’ll probably run with a group of parents (I teach elementary physical education.)
But it should be fun and a good way to get my run on during the holidays!
Do you have any secrets to prolonging the inevitable holiday weight gain?