Oxygen's Top 10 Silly Season Survival Tips You Need To Start Now
Oxygen Magazine Australia|Issue 100

My grandma makes the most amazing Christmas cake in the world, and it's been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember.

As a bikini competitor I have a lot of discipline, but on Christmas Day I love to eat festive foods. I don't ‘pig out’, nor do I deprive myself. Instead I'm content with eating delicious Christmas cake along with a traditional roast dinner. My point is you should enjoy the silly season being with family and friends. You can indulge in some cake and a glass or two of champagne and not feel guilty. There's no reason why you can't enjoy yourself and stay healthy, lean and fit through the summer holidays.

I’ve put together 10 ways that you can stay in great shape over the festive season without depriving yourself. If you follow this advice, you'll be ready to start the new year feeling energetic instead of needing to overhaul your fitness.

1. COMMIT TO FOLLOWING YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM DURING THE SILLY SEASON

Not only do most people fail to plan, they consciously plan to fail over the silly season. Most people expect to "blow" their diet and skip workouts and, as a result, they don't even make the effort. You can avoid this trap by planning to succeed. Set up a positive expectation in your own mind, keep your standards high and don't settle! Not only can you plan to stay in shape… you can plan to improve! All you must do is make the decision and expect success.

2. PUT YOUR WORKOUTS IN YOUR CALENDAR

You know your schedule is going to get hectic. You'll be cooking, shopping, wrapping gifts, sending cards, going to parties, travelling, visiting family and so on. Plan your schedule in advance so you can anticipate what's coming up. By doing so, you won't be caught unprepared. If you try to ‘wing it’ and squeeze in your workouts and meals whenever you have time left over, you'll find that there’s never any time left over! Set yourself up for success and schedule your workouts and meal times in your calendar just like you would any other appointment or event.

3. SET SOME COMPELLING TRAINING AND FITNESS GOALS OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON

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