The health and fitness column: Kiss New Year’s resolutions goodbye… make the decision now and stick to it

By Cara Quinn

There’s nothing like a festivity to give you an excuse to have a good old party. Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and New Years… But what do all of these holidays have in common?

Many of you will be thinking family, friends and a good old get together but the number one common factor that all these festivities share is: Overindulgence… and its right hand man – Chocolate. 

I am far from advocating the presentation of a platter full of carrot sticks, humus and delicious air to disappointed, salivating family members on Christmas Day.

But when you are determined to eat that last spoonful of ‘Death by Chocolate’ even though you may well be the first victim of ‘exactly what it says on the tin’, there’s a problem. 

The zealous and crazed over-consumption of chocolate that occurs every quarter would suggest that it was going out of fashion. Not to be the Chocolate Scrooge, I am in agreement that the holidays should spell a break from the healthy and strict diets that we live from day to day but put it into perspective:


Valentines The Good: Your few of your favourite chocolates that your other half bought you. Bless…

The Bad: The ten boxes of chocolates you have stashed under your bed that you bought yourself from the local garage.


Easter – The Good: A dark chocolate Easter egg that you nibble from the fridge over some days – just the right size for one.

The Bad: Going on an Easter egg hunt- in the supermarket. Pretending that you are buying those seven Easter eggs for your children/nieces/dog is fooling no-one.


Halloween The Good: Saving the sweets for the trick-or-treaters.

The Bad: Chasing four year olds down the street after you had second thoughts about giving them your giant Toblerone.


ChristmasThe Good: Passing on the after-dinner chocolates and choosing a nice glass of white wine spritzer instead.

The Bad: Your lower body becoming completely hidden under a blanket of shiny, metallic sweet wrappers. 


By New Years the guilt of the year’s overindulgence has set in and as new workout clothes, diet books, exercise videos and detox plans pour off the shelves, we vow to make this year different- a new you. 

But by Valentine’s, with its velvet lined chocolate boxes and expensive candlelit dinners, the resolution is out the window… and the chocolate cycle continues.   

So here’s a thought. If we can recognise that we pander to the same routine year in year out then why not try something different. 

Don’t say, ‘after Christmas I’ll start my diet and join the gym’ or ‘New Year’s Day will be my starting point’. Start NOW! How much better would it feel to slip into that little black dress and be the ‘WOW’ talk of the party than be stuck in the corner guarding the buffet table. 

Picture courtesy of Motovi Fashion, with thanks.

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