I too find it hard to get out in the bitter cold to exercise. Last year I fell on the ice THREE times. That HURTS...It is much more comfy on the couch. However, staying comfy isn't going to get us to our goals. There are excellent ideas given for indoor exercise. I bought a mini trampoline and it is fun. It is a workout that I love. Do not do this if you have low ceilings however... Thank you to everyone for sharing your tips. Keep them coming team. Carol
I say don't stop exercising over the holidays or through the winter. Keep up the momentum. If the weather is bad then get to the gym or do videos at home. It is too easy to make excuses and then feel depressed and sluggish. For me it can be a slippery slope once I feel depressed to then eating to comfort myself.
Another thing is when I go to a party where I'll be drinking, I alternate water with what I'm drinking. That way I end up less impaired to make good food choices, I stay hydrated and take in less alcohol (or pop or eggnog) calories.
SW: 147 lbs CW: 133 lbs GW: 125 lbs
"What you think of me is none of MY business"
- E. Roosevelt
current weight: 130.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,095) Posts: 833 11/17/10 4:38 A
Hi from Halifax, I, too, take a veggie or fruit plate with me to some gatherings. To a potluck I take a large salad with low calorie dressing. The day of an event that includes food, I eat mostly vegetarian, home made soups, salads and a breakfast of whole grains and fruit. And I drink lots of water and I take water with me to some parties. I will have one glass of wine and then drink watar or tea for the rest of the time. I am not doing so well at the moment because I broke my shoulder and have a lot of pain. I am now getting back to walking and some yoga three or four times a week. Have a great holiday season!
Fitness Minutes: (69,922) Posts: 3,206 11/16/10 3:19 P
There are a couple of tricks I use to get past the holidays:
1) NEVER show up hungry at an event where food will be served. EVER. 2) if it's a potluck type food event, bring your favourite healthy lifestyle food, and make sure to have enough to share with others. 3) Bring water. If you like your water cold, make sure it's chilled well before you arrive.
I have a bunch of other tips & tricks, but these are the main 3 that I do for any event where food might be present.
Friends are like bras -- close to the heart and there for support.
current weight: 188.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,095) Posts: 833 11/16/10 2:55 P
I would love to have others share how they stay motivated or on track over the holidays. I like to take a tray of fruit or veggies to a party so I know I can have a snack. I also pick ONE treat to have so I do not feel deprived and I eat an apple and drink a glass of water before I go to a party so I do not dive face first into the goodies. Please share what you do too. Thank you.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.