12 Days of Christmas

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*Santa Claus on Weight Loss – It Doesn’t Happen Overnight*

I’m fat. That’s no secret. But before you immediately dismiss the weight loss musings and opinions of an old, notoriously overweight old elf, consider this: I know everything. And the one thing I know even more than even toy making, elf management, sleigh piloting…or even chimney navigation, is that miracles, even Christmas ones, don’t happen overnight. I don’t just lay around eating cookies for 364 days, and then wake up one day, throw on a red suit and deliver toys to every single (nice) kid in the world. It doesn’t work like that.

This is how miracles work, and weight loss is no different:

You need a commitment…a.k.a. I have to do this. This one’s pretty easy for me. If I don’t commit to delivering presents, there will be some seriously bummed out kids everywhere. I don’t want to be responsible for ruining Christmas.

You’ll need a reason. If feeling great (both on the outside and about yourself) and looking great aren’t reason enough, then I’m sure you have another one…like maybe, “If I don’t make a change, I won’t be around to see my kids graduate, get married, see my grandkids…” You get the point. My reason isn’t the gazillion cookies I get to eat—it’s bringing joy to so many people…and as I said, I don’t want to ruin Christmas.

You also need the right people around you. In my case, they’re technically not people; they’re reindeer and elves. But they’re experts at what they do, they work hard, they refuse to let me fail and they care as much as I do. The miracle doesn’t happen without them. In your case, you’ll need expert, caring trainers, coaches, nutritionists and life coaches who refuse to let you fail…and care as much as you do.

And you need the right environment. I chose the North Pole. Yeah, it’s freaking freezing, but our work is constant and can’t be disturbed. Focus is everything. I was thinking Hilton Head Island, but it’s beautiful, warm year-round and there are too many outdoor activity options. The elves might be tempted to slack off. However, if you’re going to pursue you’re weight loss goal, Hilton Head Island is ideal, specifically Live in Fitness™.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m pimping out one fitness retreat over the others, but I have a pretty strong history of weeding out the good from the bad. I’ve also been around the world more times than I can count and seen a lot of things, which leads me to why I’ve decided to write, instead of everyone always writing to me. Every year I get letters like, “Dear Santa, can I please have (enter fad piece of equipment, diet book or workout video series they saw on TV)?” I just shake my head and think, “Seriously? That stuff doesn’t work, at least not for the long-term.” 

But when I fly over Live in Fitness™ at Hilton Head Island, my cheeks get a little rosier. It’s the perfect location, and the right people are there. I see miracles in progress…people who are committed, purposeful and successful. I’m tempted to swoop down and stop there myself, but I’m kind of busy. You understand. Besides, I might already have a ripped body under my giant red suit. Maybe I stuffed it with some of Mrs. Claus’s throw pillows. Or maybe I’m really fat. Either way, I’m not saying…I can’t reveal all of my secrets. Where’s the fun in that?

12 days of Christmas workout
Blue Cheese Filet Mignon w/ roasted green beans

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Ready In: 30 mins

Yields: 4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons fines herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 4 (4-ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning, plus 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup organic beef stock
  • 2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 2 cups Fresh green beans


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil; set aside.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine bleu cheese, bread crumbs, herbs, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; set aside.

3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper and to add pan, but do not crowd. Sear 1 to 2 minutes per side just to brown. Remove pan from heat and transfer steaks onto prepared baking sheet.

4.Top each steak with 1/4 of blue cheese mixture. Finish cooking steaks in preheated oven for 4 minutes for medium-rare, 6 minutes for medium, and 8 minutes for well done.

5. Place green beans in steamer for 10-15 minutes. Add salt and pepper for taste

Nutrition Facts:

Amount of serving: 4oz filet, 1 teaspoon blue cheese and ¼ cup of green beans

Calories: 343.7

Total Fat: 23g

Saturated Fat: 9g

Protein: 32.3g

Carbohydrates: 0.7g

Cholesterol: 121.7mg

Sodium: 204.6mg

Calcium: 3.3%

Sugar: 0g

Client Meal Plan

21g/21g= 3.6oz filet, 1 teaspoon blue cheese, and green beans

25g/25g= 3.8oz filet, 1 teaspoon blue cheese, and green beans

30g/30g= 4.0oz filet, 2 teaspoons blue cheese, and green beans

35g/35g= 4.2oz filet, 2 teaspoons blue cheese, and green beans

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