December is a busy time! Christmas only a few short weeks away. Parties to attend, gifts to buy, food to eat – all on top of our usual responsibilities.

Spending time and money you don’t have with people you don’t like. And even if you do have an abundance of money and enjoy those people’s company, time is always finite.

Then there is all the yummy food to think of. Chocolate. Booze.

Not enough exercise – not enough time, and besides it’s cold. Brrrrr!

You usually end up knackered well before the big day.

Not to mention bloated and probably feeling a bit yucky.

Hangover, anyone?

It can all feel a bit too much!

But it’s okay, because you’re planning all sorts of New Year’s Resolutions and come January you can diet and make it all go away, right?

Um, no. Life isn’t so simple.

The Awesome Advent is about helping you achieve a balance during the festive period.

We want to show you that you don’t have to wait until January to be kind to yourself (that includes your body and your mind).  We want to show you that you don’t have to go for the fad and quick-fix diets that so many people go for in the new year, with the best of intentions.

Sustainable lifestyle change is the way to go, which means reflecting on what you do, and why you do it. Understanding what you want to achieve for your mind and your body. Figuring out what you need to do or change to achieve those goals, and how to fit it in to your lifestyle.

There is no one-size-fits-all prescriptive programme – we’ll give you some tips and pointers to help you on your way.

Between today and Christmas Eve, there will be 12 posts every other day about fitness, food and general wellbeing. It’s a kind of 12 days of Christmas/advent mashup!

The Awesome Advent reflects the ethos of the Awesomeness Project: fitness and wellbeing, for real life.

It is about recognising that we are all busy, with conflicting pressures. It is about recognising that no one is perfect, and there is no one perfect body type, or perfect diet. It is about reflecting that we all can do the best we can with what we have.

That’s why ‘doors’ will appear on alternate days: Matt and Leigh are both fitting in the Awesome Advent around regular work, so burning themselves out in the process of helping others achieve a balance seems kind of silly.

So without further ado, let’s reveal what’s behind

Door 1!



We’re starting you off gently today.

The task for Door 1 involves using your body’s most important organ.

Stop sniggering at the back! Yes, we mean your brain.

We’d like you to think of one word that sums up your current attitude to your own personal wellbeing and fitness. You don’t have to tell anyone.

What does that word mean to you? Is it a positive word? If so, that’s great. Is there anything you need to do to keep it that way?

Is it a negative word? If so, how does that make you feel? Would you like it to be a different word, and if so which word would that be?

Get Involved!

If you’d like to share your Awesome Advent journey, that’s great! We’re nosy (Leigh especially), plus starting a community means we can all support one another. Add the tag #AwesomeAdvent so we can find them.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoy the Awesome Advent, and that it helps you get through the festive period feeling well and….awesome!

We’ll be back on Saturday to see what is behind the next door. Hope you’re ready – we look forward to seeing you again then!

2 comments on “The Awesome Advent: Door 1”

  1. Love it! #AwesomeAdvent is a great idea! I’m very much a mental wellbeing over fitness person, and I am never quite prepared enough for the onslaught of the festive period. Am looking forward to the tips!

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