We did the “12 Days of Christmas” Workout at CrossFit this Morning. Performed like the song, you start with 1 Burpee, then you do 2 DU’s and 1 Burpee, then 3 KTE and 2 DU and 1 Burpee, and so on.
2 Double Under Jump rope (DU’s)
3 Knees to elbows (KTE)
5 Rings Dips
9 Wall Balls
11 Jumping Lunges (each leg, so you end up doing 22)
12 Kettlebell Swings
Pretty intense workout! But, it is a great way to kick off the holidays and feel less guilty about the Christmas dinner that I know is coming up. I feel pretty good about how I performed, since I can compare it to one we did about a month ago. I took over 4 minutes off my time!
So, how do I plan on handling the impending temptation of holiday festivities and goodies? What has worked for me is to sample and savor. Ever heard of the 3 bite rule? The first bite of something has the most flavor and delights your taste buds. The second bite has less flavor than the first and the third bite has even less flavor than the second. If you have more bites, the flavor will be minimal and the same level of enjoyment just isn’t really there anymore. At this point, you’re just eating to be eating.
I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoy tapas so much. You have a small dish, which is just enough to enjoy the full flavor and not get stuffed or bored with it. So, try this approach with your holiday meals. There are always so many wonderful dishes and it is tempting to eat too much of everything. Instead, take a very small amount of the dishes that interest you the most. Eat slowly. Savor them! You will find that your palate is delighted and you feel satisfied by the variety of flavors without overindulging.