Monday, October 17, 2011
October is the beginning of what is usually weight gain season for me. It starts with the Halloween candy that I buy "in case kids show up". Add to that the costume parties, and pumpkin ice cream. Soon afterwards comes Thanksgiving and the all of the Christmas eating and socializing. Plus, I just want to eat more during the Fall and Winter months. Usually this means a gain of close to 10 pounds that I spend the rest of the year trying to get off.
This year will be different. I think that joining spark people has made me much more aware of what I'm eating and how much activity I'm getting. Awhile back I challenged myself by not buying junkfood. It helped me to see that a huge part of my problem was that I was putting too much crap in my body. Lately, although I do buy sweets I've been only eating a little ans either sharing or tossing the rest. Well, unless it's icecream. Icecream is a weakness of mine.
I've also started to get back into hiking. It's nice to have an exercise activity that I enjoy and lets me meet amazing people. I was worried when I had to let go of my gym membership due to financial reasons that I would slack off exercise-wise. Fortunately, I've been able to go hiking almost every weekend. I'm also planning on taking a course on winter hiking and even trying snowshoeing.
So now, Fall and Winter are less about what foods I get to eat and more about what hikes and activities I get to do. Since boredom and emotional eating are a large part of my problem, I'm feeling very optimistic that this will no longer be my weight gain season.
I hope you have a lovely Fall/Winter planned as well!