|Ridin' Solo this Xmas!|
|Decorating a friend's tree|
My Second Family
|Mom #1 (Samantha) and Mom #2 (Me)|
So this Christmas I have been spending extra time with my best friend Samantha and her two amazing children. Christmas is so much more festive and fun when there are children to entertain! I have been friends with Samantha for years. I was there when she got the news that her husband passed away 3 Christmas's ago. Since that day I made a commitment to Samantha and the kids that I would be there through thick and thin no matter what. In the last couple years I have been all over the map (literally!), so this will be my first Christmas with them in 3 years.
Since I moved back to Vancouver, I have fallen right back into the role of Mom #2 (Samantha calls me the 'Dad'). I LOVE spending time with them, and I call them my babies. They make fun of me and Samantha all the time and tell us that we can't live with out each other. We can, and have, but we find a lot of support and positivity in our friendship and that's what kept us 'together' for so long and through so many of life's' crazy twists and turns.
MEET THE CHEF!
|Chris Irving aka The Chef|
So my kitchen was quite a change compared to what this guy's usually used to working with. I lacked a couple of the necessary cooking utensils but the Chef, being as creative as he is, had no problem coming up with substitutes. Check out what we used as a rolling pin!
|2:00am and still baking!|
I put together a little slideshow of some snapshots I took of our late night baking and also some snapshots of our food at the party!
EATING XMAS FOOD AND STAYING FIT!
Christmas time usually means a ton of unhealthy food, chocolate, booze and everything else that makes you fat.
I say...don't stress!
This is what I am doing. Eating what I want, in proportion. Not holding back, but I am going to bang it out in the gym and use it as motivation to take my training to new heights.
If you haven't started going to the gym yet. Now is the time. Eat during the holidays and use that to motivate you to go burn it off and hit the weights!! Enjoy the food, enjoy the company and then deal with consequences in the gym. Some people go by the saying that 'prevention is better than cure', but I feel like in this case, preventing gaining the calories is more stressful and depressing than anything (which isn't good for u!) so let go (a little) and eat what you want, be happy, and work extra hard in the gym. You deserve it.
Fill up on the healthier stuff and indulge a little on the bad stuff. Don't attack the mashed potatoes and the Christmas pudding first! Turkey is awesome, eat it up, easy on the gravy and go nuts with the salads and vegetables. The sides are usually the worst. Stuffing, mashed potatoes etc. Don't even get me started on the desserts !
Some basic tips for Xmas time Food/Drink
- Go low fat on the Egg Nog
- If you are going to drink alcohol, try and stay away from Baileys and Kahlua. Stick with wine, or spirits with diet soda. (Don't forget that the calories you consume from drinking alcohol go straight to your abdomen...just sayin!)
- Don't go to a Christmas Party super hungry. Eat something healthy to fill you up a bit before you head over.
- Fill up on the good stuff like vegetables and turkey.
- Try everything, but be conscious of how much you eat. Everything is okay in proportion.
- Drink lots of water
- If you are going to a party bring dessert and make it with low fat options!
I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS (Καλά Χριστούγεννα!), EAT LOTS, TRAIN HARD, AND START PLANNING THOSE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS - I KNOW I AM!
TO MY FAMILY I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH AND WILL BE SKYPING WITH YOU ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!!
|From my table to yours, Merry Christmas - Καλά Χριστούγεννα!|
Photo Credit for photo "Chris Irving aka The Chef": Nordica Photography