It’s no secret that most people gain a few kilos or more over Christmas. And I get it- Christmas seems to be a celebration that is all about food and wine, more so than opening presents and spending time with family.
So here are my suggestions for maintaining your fitness and weight this Christmas.
Christmas parties- if you have more than one or several parties to attend over this season then put them in your diary and allocate just one per week of which you will allow your self to drink at. Any others and try just stopping in and being social- sober!! I didn’t drink one drop of alcohol for nearly 3 years of my life once, and believe me it is not that hard to be social and have just as much fun. And the gratitude you feel the next morning makes it worthwhile alone! Also, aim to eat dinner before getting to the function to avoid consuming finger food and blowing out your calorie intake for the day. An accumulation of high calorie days (putting more energy in than out) is what leads to weight gain.
Exercise- Yes, it’s the silly season, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose all fitness. Put your training in your diary for this period and make it happen. There is no point getting half way through January, and realizing you are suddenly out of shape and sitting on the beach in a sarong tried to hide the rolls of flab that have suddenly appeared on your stomach. Christmas morning I have a habit whereby I grab my super fit mum and we go for a bike ride and power walk before tucking into the Christmas feast. I think its fair to say that Christmas day will be one of those ‘cheat’ days.
Post Christmas- After a day of eating all those things we know are bad for us you will find you continue to crave all that bad stuff. Sugar is highly addictive and if you have gone from a sugar free diet (which I hope is all of you!) to high consumption of saturated fats and sugars your body will really let you know it wants sugar again. 2 days of mostly proteins and vegetables will get you back on track and feeling good again. If you spend 2 days giving in to these cravings then you will keep having these problems/cravings everyday and you will be chasing your tail, and most likely putting on weight. So 2 days!!! Proteins and vegetables…
Remember, choosing to be healthy and in good shape involves a decision to change your lifestyle. It is not about being good here and there, drinking, boozing, putting on weight, or doing crash diets. This will only play havoc with your metabolism, digestive system, appearance and decisions! Make a commitment, to treat your body like a temple, regardless, and make this decision because of all the benefits that come with it and because you want to feel good- physically and mentally, all of the time. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it will be the best decision you ever make!
Lots of love
TULLY HUMPHREY, TULLY LOU CREATIVE DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
The gorgeous Tully Humphrey wearing her own designs
Tully Humphrey is creative director and designer at TULLY-LOU – fashion forward performance wear designed for yoga, gym, fitness and the street. “Two of my great loves? Yoga and Fashion. As designer and director at Tully Lou, I am very fortunate to be able to combine my rag trade experience with my passion for fashion, yoga and wellness.
“Through teaching and practising Bikram Yoga, I am constantly reminded that wellness is an ongoing relationship with your body. I believe when you feel good, you look good, and vice versa, when you look good, you feel good!”
Tully Lou lets these idioms guide her creativity. It’s born from the desire to create garments that motivate women to get off the couch and MOVE. These garments support fitness activity without feeling like a piece of sports equipment. Tully Lou inspires the confidence to look great and feel great, because every woman deserves this.
Inspire your wellness with Tully Lou.
Love. Breathe. Fashion. Yoga.
Do you design the garments yourself?
Yes – all me!
Where do you get the inspiration for the style of your garments?
Travelling, blogs, international catwalks, people around me.
I am also a very visual person. I often find myself looking at different bodies in the yoga room and thinking what would look good for their body shapes and how can I make something that will make them look and feel good? – SO having said that my yoga students also inspire me : )
What made you decide to start your own active wear label?
I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss! After starting yoga I found it really hard to find yoga/activewear that was a bit more fashion forward and fun! Even when doing physical activity I wanted to express who I was and didn’t want to be boring and wear black all the time. So thats when TULLY LOU was created.
What do you do to keep fit?
I am a yoga teacher so I spend a lot of time bending, twisting and stretching! However I do like to mix my workouts out so I will do a mix of yoga Bikram or Vinyasa, running, reformer Pilates and a weight session thrown in somewhere!
I also make sure I eat clean foods and of course everything in moderation.. I believe that keeping fit is also not just about the physical activity a lot is to do what you put in your mouth!
Which I find a lot of people seem to forget this or don’t know!
Do you only design active wear or casual wear also?
At the moment we are only designing active wear. however I would love to branch out and do more casual wear using organic cotton or recycled fabrics for a more relaxed and chilled out look.
What is it about your garments that make them so comfortable and easy to wear?
I always test my garments before going into production making sure I can move and sweat comfortably.
What is your favourite motivational quote that gets you training and being active on those days when you find it hard?
ohh I have so many! However I often find myself thinking “Its only 30/60 mins out of your day… just do it!! “