Holiday Fun... Efficiently

It's December, I know, it came up very fast and apparently, nowhere is safe (Texas got snow).  I was playing golf, finishing the season with a -1 in December (pretty good) then two days later, there is snow on the ground.  I am not unhappy about it although, being a golfer and warm weather person, I would still take more golf in December!  A good thing about the snow (albeit not too much) is that it's very pretty and can really bring in the Holiday Spirit.  It definitely an influential weather element that makes people want to stay in more, heat up some chocolatey drinks, Netflix (if you can manage to choose something) and chill.  If you don’t have a safely drivable car in inclement weather, you may be at home even more than usual.  Summer is a while away and many of go through deep winter doldrums of a decrease in physical activity, then in March-May, you ramp it up- it is hard work!  A potentially better way that may require more effort now but less overall is to find ways to keep your activity levels high which in turn probably keeps holiday eating guilt lower and thus keeps you that much more sane.  Think outside the box for this, not just increasing your incline level on the tread mill.  Here are a several thoughts-

Tire flips (if you are physically able and have consulted a professional on proper form)

Heavy rope training

Kettle ball swings

HIIT cardio (Sprints in between walking)

Weight lifting and less rest in between sets or any of the above in between sets

Join a training class 1-2 a week

As always, on a dietary level, you can never out train a poor diet.  This doesn’t mean you can indulge in any of the amazing holiday eating.  As a flexible dieter, knowing your appropriate macro breakdown for calories, and overall calorie requirements is key.


Here’s this months recipe that is right in line with Holiday Cheer! 

Layered Jell-O Cups 


Individual cups with five layers of Jell-O makes for a really cute treat!

Author: Jen Nikolaus

Recipe type: Side Dish


  • 3 (3-oz) packages flavored Jell-O, any color/flavor you like (I used sugar-free)

  • 4 (1-oz) packages unflavored gelatin, divided

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 4½ cups boiling water, divided

  • 1 container lite Cool Whip, for serving

  • 6 (9-oz) clear cups


  1. For colored layer: Combine 1 package flavored Jell-O with half a package unflavored gelatin in a small heat proof bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Let stand until cooled to room temperature, then divide among the 6 cups. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
  2. For white layer: Mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water in a small heat proof bowl. In another small heat-proof bowl, add ½ cup cold water. Sprinkle 2 packages unflavored gelatin over cold water and let stand for a few minutes. Now add ½ cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add that gelatin mixture to the milk mixture and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature and divide half of the milk mixture among the cups. Refrigerate cups until set, about 15 minutes. (Save the other half for the second white layer)
  3. Repeat colored layer instructions (Step #1), layering with the remaining half of the white (milk) layer. Repeat until there are 3 layers of the colored layer and 2 layers of the white layer. Refrigerate until set. Top with Cool Whip and serve. Enjoy!