So yes, winter has already arrived in my neck of the woods. I am not a huge fan of winter and it's hard to feel motivated when the temps fall below freezing.
For the past week I've been moaning and groaning about the cold, the snow, the wind, the lack of daylight hours, etc. Yesterday, as I committed to SP and to getting myself back on track, I also committed to changing my mind about winter. Instead of whinging and crying I began to tell people I was going to attempt to embrace Mother Nature's wintery gifts. Because in a way it is true. Winter IS a gift. It is a most beautiful time of year ... to look at .... out the window haha! Seriously it is pretty and you can't get the full effect by staying indoors and looking through the glass. You must get out to really see the beauty of the season.
So I did it. I went outside. In my pretty winter running gear. And I ran. And I enjoyed it. And I felt better afterwards. Better about life, better about the early onset of winter, better about myself.
When I returned and plugged my Forerunner into my computer, garmin informed me that the -8 degree temp had a feel like factor of -15 degrees celcius thanks to the wind. I'm proud I ran in the snow. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected and I WILL do it again.
I am Canadian and though not nearly as many of us are the stereotypical hockey nuts we are portrayed to be, it just so happens that I am one of those hockey fanatical peoples. I love to play the game and I have for most of my life. So hockey too makes winter a lot more bearable to me. Today's exercise was comprised of an hour long session of pick-up hockey over the lunch hour. Just 10 women skaters and 2 goalies showed up today so we played 4 on 4, with one spare on the bench per side. It's a grueling workout when you get very little rest. Today was made worse for me as I had to purchase new skates this morning and breaking in new skates is always a challenging experience.
Food wise I have done well the past TWO days. Yes just TWO in but I am committed. I was supposed to book an appointment with a nutritionist but the sudden and necessary expense of the the new skates kind of got in the way of that. Soooo, I've read all the primal/paleo books that are out there, I know what to do, and I am going to try it on my own for a bit b4 putting out the big bucks for nutrition coaching. I bet I do all right but will reevaluate in the new year.
Tomorrow I have a crossfit date with a fellow WOD buddy, on Saturday I hope to run and my Sunday is as of yet unplanned.
I am going to attempt to check in here once a day, they may not all be long rambling posts like this but part of my plan involves jotting down a little recap of the day.
Today was good. I feel good. Life is good!!!