12 Weeks ’til Christmas

T he nights are getting darker, your summer wardrobe has been packed away and the Cadburys Roses tins are on display in the supermarkets. It can only mean one thing – Christmas is on its way!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas (probably more than I love a pudding) but we are now on the 3 month countdown to the most indulging time of the year. The cold weather and dark nights alone make me want to eat my own body weight in all things stodgy. Not to mention all the extra food treats in the shops and the increase in social activities that are cropping up. This year let’s ‘control the indulge’ and give ourselves a head start on the rush to get fit in January.

The 12CC

12 weeks ’til Christmas Challenge

Stage 1- Take a photo of yourself today and then again in 12 weeks. It’s as simple as that…

Take a photo of yourself (preferably in your underwear or swimwear) from the front, back and side. No one has to see these (unless someone is taking them for you) and you don’t have to post them to join in with the challenge. Take the photos, save them and don’t look at them again until I tell you to. (A big thank you to my lovely volunteer for letting me post her ‘Pre Challenge’ photos)Pre challenge body photos

 I don’t know about you, but if I’ve ever tried ‘a diet’ it would normally start on a Monday and end by the Thursday. This challenge will be about making small changes to everyday eating and exercise which, if you stick to, will make a big difference in 12 weeks time when you take the ‘post challenge’ pictures. We are aiming to notice a significant difference in our body shape from our pre and post photos.

Photos are a great way to monitor any physical changes, as it is sometimes difficult to notice the effects of your hard work when looking in the mirror on a daily basis. A pre and post photo can then go side by side and a visual comparison can be made.

After taking that photo you then need to make a commitment.  A commitment to yourself, ‘I am going to do this’. Tell your friends, family and work colleagues that you are taking part in The 12CC so you’ve got people supporting you along the way (and you never know they may even join in with you).

The first battle you will face is saying NO! Whether it be to a friend offering you a ‘top up’, a colleague giving you another biscuit, ‘go on, one more won’t hurt’, or to yourself as you are walking down the confectionary aisle at the supermarket. Strong will power and self control are vital if you want to achieve what you’ve set out to do.

And hey, what a great reward in 12 weeks time – A scrumptious Christmas dinner followed by pudding!

Get snapping and be sure to comment below if you are taking on The 12CC.

20 : 20 Exercise Plan to be revealed tomorrow…

Lorna Catchpole


  1. Emma Beeston   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    I’m in! Also, a little tip for anyone wanting to take the photos on their phone but worried about someone seeing you in your underwear when scrolling through your photos!…there’s an app called Fish Bowl Photo Gallery where you can create hidden folders.

  2. Laura Hamilton   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    I am so up for this Lorna!! Keep the amazing tips coming!! Xxxx

  3. Kit   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Hello I just done my rather uncomfortable photos. I just emailed them to my personal email account before deleting off my phone. Dont want my toddler sharing those pics with my mother in law!

  4. Lorna   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Well done girls! And thanks for sharing your tips with where to store your pics x

  5. Rebecca Johnston   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Count me in as well. And thanks for the tip Emma…could have been awkward!

  6. kirsty   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Im in! Although I only have 8 weeks until my dress fitting every little helps right!! Ive written down the exercise plan and its on my bedroom door to be picked up every morning and hopefully will do this first thing before my shower and the school run! P.s ive just said no to myself to having a biscuit in my tea!! Yeehaaa xxx

    • Lorna Catchpole   Ã¢Â€Â¢     Author

      Well done Kirsty. Carry on as you are and you will notice a difference in 8 weeks. Good idea to put the exercise plan up on your door. You can do it! Lorna x

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