Saturday, December 1, 2012

The 12 days of Fitmas (x2)

It's the holidays and that means it's time for a gimmick; otherwise, I'll be waddling through the holidays at around 380 lbs. Unfortunately the not-weighing-380-lbs-dying-of-Type 2 Diabetes-at-47-and-contracting-heart-disease gimmick never seems to work (for me or millions of Americans).

So I'm going with the 12 Days of Fitmas (x2) gimmick. It started today and runs to about 4:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve. On day 13 I'll start over at one. The program is simple. For each "day of Christmas" I'll do something fitnessy for that day matching the number.

For example

  1. Day 1 - Do one new workout video.
  2. Day 2 - Eat two servings of vegetables before lunch.
  3. Day 3 - Run three extra miles.
  4. Day 4 - Do four extra pushups on each round of exercises.
  5. Day 5 - Add five pounds to each exercise.
  6. Day 6 - Add six minutes to evening run.
I think you get the point. You don't really have to plan it out in advance. Figure it out as you go along. The key is to have fitness in the front of your mind instead of having it crowded out by egg nog and candy.

Share some of your 12 Days of Fitmas ideas or share what you do to stay in shape over the holidays in the comments section.


  1. Not running as much as I want lately is killing me. I'm guaranteed to gain some poundage for Christmas.

    You have a good idea though. I'll have to try something similar.

    1. Hey Jose, I haven't run in almost two weeks because of achilles tendon issues so I've had to find other ways not to gain 20 pounds as well. Luckily I've some p90 X and X2 dvds that provide a good burn. Insanity is the best workout program if it doesn't aggravate the injury. It aggravates an achilles problem but when I had calf and knee issues it was perfect. Hope you get better.

  2. Day 1--marathon shakeout 2 miles on treadmill
    Day 2--marathon in the rain
    Day 3--hauling giant bag home from marathon on two planes
    Day 4--does coming down with an appetite-sapping chest cold count?

    Not sure what I'll do tomorrow....maybe a 30-minute walk.