Here comes the Christmas Challenge!! Are you in?

Once we hit the Christmas season, most people wait until after New Year’s to start any kind of fitness program with any serious effort. I hope after you read this post and the challenge that comes with it, you’ll see that DURING the holidays is the BEST time of year to make a commitment to a health and fitness program and set your goals for next year.

One thing that always seems to happen moving towards Christmas and New Years is, Excuses…sorry, LAME EXCUSES!!

Excuse: “I’m too busy over the holidays to work out as often as usual.”          Reality : I am choosing to not exercise as often.

Excuse: “I’m more stressed over the holidays, the food is there, so I eat more.”  Reality: I am looking at food to solve my problems

Excuse: “I have at least three parties to attend and then there’s Christmas and New Year’s, so it’s impossible to stay on a diet”                                                        Reality: I am looking for any excuse to go on a food bender and eat recklessly.

Excuse: “No one can tell me not to enjoy myself over the holidays so I’m just going to eat whatever I want.”                                                                                          Reality: You enjoy carrying extra weight.  You enjoy not fitting into your clothes.

Let’s turn this around.  This year can be different!!  Set up a goal to not gain weight….WOW….revolutionary and shocking!!!

It seems a lot of people set their  “goal” to get in worse shape over the holidays. Of course, It’s not consciously set, (at least I hope it’s not!) as few people would intentionally set out to get fatter.

It’s a goal that get sets because there isn’t a positive goal to stop it . Those people seem to convince themselves that it must be just about impossible to stay in shape with everything that is happening over the holiday season, so why bother?

Once the choice has been made, then the excuses can continue:

“I’m not going to deprive myself”, 
“My family will pressure me to eat”, ”Eating properly and finding time to exercise during the holidays makes me crazy” 
“It’s only a few pounds that I’ll gain so I’m going to enjoy myself”, 
“It’s only a couple of weeks, how much damage can happen?” 
“I’ll start in January and lose the weight then.”

As a result of allowing these excuses into your thought process, you set bad goals by default.  Suddenly it’s ok in your mind to work out less, eat more and gain a few pounds.  WHAT??? Why is ok because of the holidays?  What about the alternatives??

But what would happen if you…

SET A GOAL TO GET IN BETTER shape over the holidays?

What would happen if you decided that it was not an all or nothing proposition and that you could set a goal to enjoy the holidays and all it has to offer while getting in better shape at the same time?

What if you decided that your health and your body were the highest priorities in your life, because you realized that can’t enjoy anything else in life, including family or holidays, if you don’t have your health?

Here’s what would happen: You’d get in better shape!

Your expectations will become your reality. What are you expecting? Are you expecting success? Are you expecting to be in better shape after holiday parties, celebrations, banquets, dinners, and desserts?

If not, then why not?

What’s preventing you from enjoying all of the above and still getting in better shape? Do you have a limiting belief, which dictates that it’s one or the other? Could it be that you never set a goal, intention or expectation to do it? Could it be that you’re rationalizing or making excuses?

If so, then I challenge you to change it this year.

Why join the challenge?? What is the reward for joining?  Not gaining weight over the holidays!! Give this Christmas gift to yourself…

Leave a comment that you want to be in the challenge.  You will get weighed/measured so you know where you are starting the holidays at.  We will send the complete Christmas Challenge details, including:

The 12 days of Christmas, 12 Recipes – 12  key exercises to do over the holidays and more stuff that we can’t tell you about yet!

Sign up, let me know, make your commitment to yourself, set your goals and go running towards the holidays.





  1. Hey – I am in!! I have already started the exercising – now I need to have that support of the group. It worked for Sexy for Spring – now I want to get sexy for Santa! And I want to do it for me – not for anyone else!

  2. Sign me up! I’ve been doing pretty good lately, but having to report in to you will make me that much more accountable for my actions. I won’t settle for not gaining weight, I am determined that I will lose weight over the next 5 weeks. Go ahead… double dog dare me!

  3. Bring on the holidays! I’m in for sure!

    C Carrie Boot Camp
    H Hold the gravy
    R Rise to the challenge
    I If you think you can, you will … Inspire others
    S Set Goals
    T Take TIME for yourself
    M Make health a priority in your life
    A Appreciate the small things
    S Stay strong, stay focused, stick with it

    These are my goals for this holiday challenge!

  4. Hi Carrie, i am in sign me up, a challenge is just what i need, my commitment so far has been pretty good, i am pretty impressed with myself now its time to be accountable and time to shed some pounds

  5. I was talking to another boot camper last night who was saying she has a hard time avoiding sugar. I believe that expectations of others helps.
    I wanted to share this with other boot campers who are doing the Christmas challenge, ’cause it helps me every day.
    At the office, everyone knows that I’m a real health nut, so whenever they order food (which is at least twice a week) they don’t include me in the ordering of pizza and wings, etc, etc. Also, there’s tonnes and tonnes of chocolate and candy all over the place, but I never have any, ever! And what makes it easy is this – people in the office know me as a health nut – they expect that I have no interest in those foods… and they’re right, for the most part, I don’t, but even when I may have a weak moment and feel tempted (or if they bring in something that is particularly tempting for me, cause we all have those foods) just knowing that others expect me to not partake helps me to resist. I don’t want to let them down in the image of the healthy person that I am….
    So, all this to say that if people around you expect you to eat bad foods at Christmas, then you are probably more likely to because it’s “OK if you do”… but if people around you expect you to turn those things down, then it will help you because you know they’re expectations are that you don’t eat those things.
    … for what it’s worth…

    See you all tonight!

    1. Fantastic comment Jen!!! Thanks for that!!! It is soo true. Be the healthy one…..don’t be the kid from the cereal commercial(dating myself) “give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything” Thanks again Jen!!!!

  6. I actually lost a couple pounds over the holidays last year and I want to be in the same boat this year! If you think about it, we’re busier over the holidays, there’s more activity to fit in and less time to be idle (cutting our boot camp, healthy meal preparation and proper rest not being optional). If we maintain most (if not all) of our current discipline, doesn’t it make sense that the holidays could be our friend in helping to achieve our goals? Signed, Pollyanna

    1. Boot Camper 11….so true…turn this season of eating/sharing on it’s head…enjoy the season….not all the fatty foods! Everyone has to get out of the habit of associating Christmas with food… different…..prepare the healthiest food you can…and really enjoy it! Thanks for your comment Pollyanna….always nice hearing from you!! 🙂

  7. Count me in too Carrie … What the heck, I’ve already set my own goals (Punta Cana end of January) so no harm doing it with the group. Can only help, right?
    Thanks (as always) for all your support – you are awesome 🙂

  8. Sorry… I didn’t read the challenge till now…
    JUST WHAT I NEED… I’m up for the challenge too!!
    HO HO HOld the GOODIES!!!

  9. Count me in!!!
    I am breaking the stupid “gain 5 pounds over Christmas” tradition.
    No more! Now it’s loose 10 pounds before Christmas and keep it off.
    Goal by February 2011: -30 lbs!!!
    Thanks Carrie!

  10. I’m in. No traditional 5 pounds weight gain over the holidays.
    In my daughter’s words….”if you mean it, then pinkie-swear”.
    I pinkie-swear.

  11. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body”
    I heard this said on The Last 10 lbs Bootcamp show. I feel encouraged by these words and will keep this in mind when I’m at Bootcamp tonight!

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