Beating Winter Blahs
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
As I watch a normal "Montana blizzard" swirling heavy snow outside my window, I had to reflect on my week of workouts. I had a busy & junk-food crammed 2 weeks before Christmas, topped off with a Christmas Eve & Day FILLED with food. WAY too much food. No surprise the scale creeped up 4 lbs.
So I hit the panic button--the WHOA, STOP THE TRAIN, I gotta get these pounds off button. And what better way to start the train moving again than to EXERCISE?!?
I exercise daily--it is how I start my day. It energizes my body. It stretches my tight muscles. It loosens my achey joints. It makes me feel healthy & ready to go. But during the LONG cold winter months, I fight my body's normal "hibernation" instincts. I just want to sleep late & eat more.
Sadly, the kids & husband get in the way of the sleeping late part. However, nothing but myself & willpower stops the eating more. Sometimes I do great--other times, not so much (ergo the 4lbs of xmas weight gain!).
And lately I've been extra busy--so fitting in morning workouts became a quick 20 minutes on the treadmill & 10 minutes on the exercycle.....or less! That's just not enough to maintain weight loss.
So I upped the ante. Partly because I needed to do it to get the weight off, and partly just to remind myself that I CAN do it. And dang--I DID IT!
I've spent the last 5 days or so putting in 90-100 minute workouts. YAY, ME! I have done 50 minutes walking on the treadmill each morning (after that I just HAVE to get off)....and another 30 minutes pedaling away on my exercycle. Every other day I add weight-lifting & of course I finish every day with stretching & ab work.
As a bonus--my extra lbs are already gone. (Of course the eating only fruits & veggies & watching calories has helped that along too.) What I didn't expect was the newfound WINTER ENERGY these dedicated workouts have given me!
I actually don't feel any winter blahs right now. I don't crave cocoa & a blanket. I am even grinning like an idiot right now. I feel HAPPY! And considering how much I normally despise snow & cold & ice & winter....that's amazing.
Definitely worth the time & effort. I will continue to push myself--because I CAN! Because I feel great. Because I'm young & healthy & deserve to feel my best. What a way to start 2011--feeling like SuperWoman! Can't beat that! :)