Confessions of A Personal Trainer: Holiday Edition

*Note: I know that yesterday I did a post on Damaging Admissions of Trainers, so today’s title might sound repetitive however it’s not. This is a part of my monthly “Confessions of A Trainer” series which I hope you enjoy! I do recommend check out yesterdays post too! 

Can you believe that as of yesterday Christmas is just 3 weeks away? Am I the only one feeling rushed?

Any who… last week I had the opportunity to share some holiday trainer confessions on my friend Brittany’s blog. She’s up to her elbows in moving boxes so it was a treat to be able to help her out.

Since I was just visiting I didn’t want to reveal all of my secrets. I didn’t want her readers to think of me completely insane! So, I saved some for this month’s Trainer Confessions.

I love doing these, and it seems you do as well. So I’ve decided that as long as I have something to get off my chest, I’ll keep doing one each month.  If you missed it, here’s last months.

Confessions of a Personal Trainer isn’t to toot my own horn, on the contrary, this is where I reveal that as a fitness professional and health advocate, I’m not always the best. I have slip-ups, I have demons and I am human.

Perfect imperfection, right?

Holiday Confessions Of A Personal Trainer


I’ve never successfully worked out on a holiday, ever. 

I love the idea of waking up on some major holiday and getting a workout in before the chaos of the day, but when it comes down to it I won’t.

The closest I have ever come was when I was in college, I woke up Christmas morning, laced up my new running shoes and decided I would go for a run. I made it to the stop sign before I decided that time with my family and a cup of coffee sounded a lot better.

I support anyone that can do it! Maybe this year I’ll find the motivation to run on Christmas morning while in Philly?

I’m always nervous about fitting into my new Christmas clothes.


Clothes are pretty much a given for me when it comes to presents. I need them desperately! After giving my size info to my mom and my mother-in-law I tend to get very anxious. I’m always worried… “What if I ate too many cookies or drank too many glasses of eggnog to fit into my new clothes.” I know it’s silly to freak out about, but I do. I look forward to new outfits all month long and the thought of having them too small just sends me into a mini-panic.

I don’t know why I freak out, I’ve never had this actually happen. In fact, during the winter I normally lose weight naturally (I think it’s from being cold all the time).

She never has to worry…


I burnt my butt on a heating pad… bad. 

Going off of that being cold comment… I hate being cold, no let me rephrase that, I despise being cold.

So when the temperatures drop, I bring out my trusty heating pad and sit on it in my office chair. Last year around this time, I was sitting on said pad in a pair of shiny UnderArmour capris… these capris aren’t the best for heat and suddenly I jumped up from my seat from pain.

I had a burn mark on my butt for a week. Lesson learned… don’t wear shiny capris while sitting on a heating pad.

My boot campers still make fun of me for this since I walked around for several days with my hand on my butt for comfort.

One time, I ate an entire holiday chocolate orange.

Do you know what I’m talking about? Those chocolate oranges that only come out during Christmas? You knock it and it falls apart into slices?

Well, Dan grew up getting them in his stocking as a kid. So a few years ago, I spotted a Dark Chocolate one (those go SOOO fast in the stores) and picked it up for his stocking.

Later that same day I got stuck in traffic… really bad traffic. And unfortunately, the orange didn’t survive. By time I made it past the hold-up there wasn’t a single slice left.

I kept this my little secret for a long time until one day someone asked if I had ever had one, when I replied “yes”, Dan (who was beside me) asked when? He had known that I had not had one prior to the traffic incident.

Every Christmas he still says that I owe him a dark chocolate orange.

I drink eggnog… every night. 


Yes eggnog! I know that fitness magazines stick a “terrible” sticker on eggnog because of it’s high calorie content, but I love the stuff.

Now a days you’ll find me sipping the coconut milk eggnog, but it’s enough to make me feel like Christmas is in the air.

Yes, there is 90 calories in a 1/2 cup serving but you know what?

Eggnog goes with the Christmas like Cupid goes to Valentine’s day… I’m not giving it up. I do however make sure to stick to a single serving!

Holiday parties = fitness parties.

I wish I was kidding, but sadly I am not. It’s not strange to come to our house for a holiday party (or go to a friends home) and end up doing some sort of fitness challenge.

A few years ago there was a push-up contest among my friends, and believe it or not neither Dan or me was behind it. My friends are great, what can I say!
And yes, I did win 🙂

This weekend we’re having friends over for a holiday wine party, think I can get them to do a burpee contest? Or perhaps who can hold a plank the longest?

For the rest of my confessions check out my post at Barr And Table.

Your turn… do you have anything to confess?


  • Awww what a cute post. That is so wonderful that you can be honest, great to read, and very brave! I think it is impossible as a female not to worry about your weight or fitting into clothes when we are surrounded by these barbie looking figures in the media. However, I see times are changing, and strong is the new skinny. Women are embracing who they are, and we are sharing the belief that we are not perfect….and it is okay to indulge every now and again, like your chocolate orange.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Tina! So right! Embrace the reflection!

  • Haha! I laughed out loud at the orange story. We get those in our stockings from my in-laws, the dark chocolate ones are the best, I think.

    I don’t have a confession except that I don’t think too hard about eating healthy over the holidays, but I have a hard time kicking the renewed sugar habit every year. I’ve also eaten a box of chocolate or two… by myself…

    • Oh don’t worry I’ve done the box of chocolates too!

  • Haha these confessions are great! Enjoy reading them all – I’ve had my fair share of similar experiences to burning your butt on a heating pad – but I can’t think of anything specific that comes to mind.

    • Oh the heating pad!! That thing can do some damage!

  • Confession: I worked out more on thanksgiving weekend that I worked out the entire month of November (outside of my yoga sculpt teaching time) I teach 3 days a week and on my off days I didn’t get any extra workouts…. I taught on thanksgiving, and on black friday took 2 90 minute classes, and then on Saturday I took a yoga class at a different studio than I teach at. It felt wonderful!

    • I bet that was refreshing!

  • I really want to try that Silk Nog this year, I don’t want legit eggnog because I’m afraid it will really hurt my tummy (lots of milk products and creamy soups do, hence I can no longer eat the broccoli and cheese soup at Ladle’s). I think with the workouts you do, you will be okay in fitting into your clothes, though. Unless the sizes are wrong which can happen (want to drop 2 sizes in only 5 minutes? Just try on 2 different cuts of pants at your favorite store! it happens!).

    Taking a day off of working out on a holiday is perfectly acceptable! I have worked out on several holidays due to running, I used to do a Christmas Eve race and I have done a turkey trot. Sometimes Clay and I will go to the gym too. It just depends. If I’m home I sometimes do but if I’m travelling or away, forget it. You can work out and run here, just enjoy Christmas Day in Philly with your family.

    • Hahaha, you’re right about the close sizing! Visit Old Navy and suddenly you’re feeling on top of the world!

  • LOL love that your parties turn into a fitness party. I only have a couple of friends who I could probably convince to do something fitness related at a party.

    • I have NO idea how this happens, not many of our friends are so fitness crazy. haha

  • Jeanette F

    I used to love doing long runs on Holidays. I did the “J-Fo inaugural half marathon” one year for Thanksgiving. That was the last year of it.. however I did win :). I don’t think my secret is a secret.. I have an inner fat girl, she has a name and all, she comes out once in a while. She tends to stop at the table of cookies and cakes in the front of Publix and proclaim that she would love to devour everything on it.

    • We all have an inner fat girl… perhaps I should name mine as well. Way to go on the Turkey Day victory!!

  • I loved your post on Brittany’s blog and love this one too. It’s so nice to see that personal trainers are human like the rest of us 🙂 I definitely shy away from eggnog due to the calories but have always wanted to enjoy an eggnog cocktail. Maybe this year if I get the chance to, I will!

    • Oh yes, very human! haha! Enjoy an eggnog cocktail this holiday season!

  • I always love your confessions. And that first picture is amazing. I think that I always intend to work out on a holiday morning too but it usually doesn’t happen for me either. And now I’m going to be thinking about those chocolate oranges! Haven’t seen them in years.

    • Thanks! They’re out right now! Saw them in target last week.

  • The chocolate orange is what my brother and I look forward to most in our stockings!

  • Maybe we can run on New Years day??? I love your outfit in that Christmas pic! Did you really write Phili? Your husband should be correcting that… Philly 😉

    • Fixed it! 🙂

    • Dan

      It’s a shame. I just shook my head… sheeeesh! haha!

  • Kim

    I always enjoy your confessions posts because I can relate to lots of them!
    I don’t drink egg nog but wine on the other hand – oh, that’s year round!!
    I do work out on holidays usually – just get up really early to get it done and out of the way (I have issues!).

  • Vini Run

    Hey Taylor, thanks for this post. It made me laugh when you said you burnt your butt with the hot pads cause guess what, here also but with frozen bags of veggies!! No kidding, one day, I made a wrong posture at the gym and I had an awful pain at my right hip. At night, it was so bad I decided to put two bags of frozen veggies right in my pant under that side, well I slept so it ended up under my butt and the morning I woke up with a wet pant (silly…) and two red marks on my but that I still have one year after!! I burnt my skin with the frozen stuff… I was happy, the pain was gone after but now I have the tattoo lol Happy holiday fitness, love your confessions 🙂

    • Haha, that’s too funny! Luckily mine finally went away. Happy Holidays!

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