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Holidays: Do You Have A Plan?

Posted Dec 15 2011 12:00am

Last night I needed a seriously easy dinner to make.  I have my third exam tonight -- statistics and I needed to keep working away at my practice problems.  (By the way, each of these problems were taking 30 to 90 minutes to complete … ahhhhhh!)

If you remember, I ended up sick within hours of getting home of my last exam at midterm time.  And it’s certainly the season where that could happen again.  I’ve been trying very hard to keep eating as healthy as possible.  Yesterday’s dinner was a favourite of ours -- mexican casserole.

The other thing that is so important is to try to keep all the holiday activities and preparations under control.  And that my friends can easily be accomplished with a plan.

Here’s what I’m dealing with:

  • My last exam is 7-10 pm on the 22nd.
  • We leave for our 4 Christmases on the morning of the 23rd
  • I am having a mole removed (which is apparently quite deep and will require quite a few stitches) on my hand tomorrow afternoon.
  • Between us we have six Christmas parties in the next week

So here’s the thing, we can’t go back, we only have the next week to get Christmas ready.  Here’s how we’re handling it:

  • DO A LITTLE EACH DAY.  We have some Christmas shopping left and we’re going to get it done over the next few days.  If we tack on an errand here and an errand there it will be done before we know it.  YES we have a list and a budget for each item.
  • KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS.  I had big dreams of making some homemade food as gifts.  But with my hand being out of commission for the days leading up to our holiday departure, it’s not going to happen.  I’m sure I could put a glove on  and pop some ibuprofen.  Or I could just use that time to study for my final exam.
  • SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES.  I seriously suck at gift wrapping.  Add stitches to the equation and I doubt I’ll be much help at all.  Tonight when I get home from my exam I’m going to celebrate by cracking open a beer and wrapping a bunch of gifts.  Brad will have to take over the rest on Saturday.
  • USE YOUR CALENDAR.  You will forget things.  Write down what time your parties are happening, what you need to bring (food, gift, donation, etc), and the location.  You do not want to be the person who shows up with a bag of canned goods for a secret Santa gift exchange.

The Last tip is so important:

  • FIND TIME TO EXERCISE.  This isn’t about keeping the weight off during the holidays.  Because I’m not one for obsessing over what I eat.  My belly likes Christmas food and a pound isn’t going to kill me.  But finding time to exercise is about keeping SANE.  It’s a break from the crazy.  It’s a reminder of your regular routine.  When you’re spending time thinking of everyone else it’s a few minutes for yourself.

I’m not sure what my exercise schedule will look like.  I think I’m going to have to take two weeks off from regular workouts while my hand heals.  But I figure I’ll be ale to walk on the treadmill the first week, and then maybe get on the bike the second week.  I’ll of course check with my doctor and let you guys know my plan.

Remember I’m training for my Ride for Heart.  I don’t want to just ignore my training completely for two weeks, and neither should you.  Whatever your training goals are for January, they will be made much easier if you get to gym and do ANYTHING over the holiday period.

What’s your plan the next week?

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