My damage limitation plan for the festive fortnight


Christmas week is upon us and usually that means that all my self-control goes out of the window and I start eating everything in sight! In addition to it being Christmas week, it is also my birthday on Thursday so I have 72 hours of celebrating to come. At this time of year I normally abandon any plans for eating healthily or hitting the gym. I always say that I will make up for my over indulgence in January but this year I am taking a different approach.

With just a few days of 2015 left I want to make sure that I don’t undo all the hard work that I have put in over the last 12 months. I have built a solid fitness foundation and want to be able to improve it in 2016. So after committing to changing my ways this holiday season I have put some time and effort into creating a damage limitation plan for the next 14 days.

The goal of the plan is simple – I want to enjoy every minute of the next two weeks and still wake up on January 4th weighing less than 12st 10lbs and with a body fat measurement of 14.5% or better.

Looking at this goal as I write this blog it would seem that I am setting myself an impossible task. How can I enjoy every minute of the festive fortnight without undoing the hard work I have put in? Well I think that my five rules will help me:

  • Complete every training session of my festive fortnight training plan (see below)
  • Eat clean on every day that I train
  • Drink at least three litres of water every day
  • Eat and drink guilt free on the 24th, 25th and 26th
  • Allow myself one cheat meal on New Years Eve and one on New Years Day

It might seem that I am not giving myself the ability to fully indulge in the fun of the holiday season however a bit of self-control is not going to stop me having a wonderful Christmas. Unlike many I don’t have all of the festive period off; I am in work for four days over the next fortnight, so I’m treating those days as if it was already January. I am going to eat clean all day and then hit the gym straight after work.

I am also going to train another four times during the fortnight to make sure I maintain my strength and work off the inevitable over indulgence of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Keeping hydrated is going to be difficult, especially on the 24th and 25th so I am committing to drinking a minimum of three litres of water every day. Finally I am going to allow myself one cheat meal on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but for the rest of the day I will eat clean.

I am confident that if I stick to these rules, when I wake up on the 4th January I won’t be suffering a massive post Christmas hangover, but rather be in a place to have an amazing 2016.


My festive fortnight training plan

  • Mon 21st Dec – Bicep and back session followed by Yoga class
  • Tues 22nd Dec – RPM class
  • Wed 23rd Dec – Core session followed by PT session
  • Thurs 24th Dec – Day off for my birthday!
  • Fri 25th Dec – Day off for Christmas
  • Sat 26th Dec – Day off for Boxing Day
  • Sun 27th Dec – Chest, shoulder and tricep session plus flexibility work at home
  • Mon 28th Dec – Core session
  • Tuesday 29th Dec – RPM class
  • Wed 30th Dec – Bicep and back session
  • Thurs 31st Dec – Day off for New Year’s Eve
  • Fri 1st Jan – Day off for New Year’s Day
  • Sat 2nd Jan – Chest, shoulders and tricep session
  • Sun 3rd Jan – Day off training but complete flexibility work at home

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