The holidays have passed and all of the excitement is winding down and now we settle in to that endless stretch of winter.
I don’t know about anybody else, but even though it is a fresh new year, winter is still a difficult time for me. All I want to do is burrow under a blanket and hibernate until March. If you need to lose weight, it can be hard to cut calories at a time when your body is wanting to get fed to stay warm. Maintaining can be just as hard.
It’s also a little hard getting out of the holiday food mentality. I don’t turn a switch on and off very well. I kind of have to ease my way back in. Part of that is that there were cookies in the house and I sort of just ate fewer of them as time went by. Now they are gone and I kind of still crave them and the urge to bake more is there, but I have not done that.
This is the time of year where I really miss outdoor biking. The indoor trainer is okay, but it’s like the treadmill. Not as fun as being on the open road. I just kind of have to suck it up and do indoor workouts for a while. I try to think of it as more cross training and something different. Another thing that seems to have been par for the course the last few years is doing some home improvement project in the winter. Not only does this keep me from snacking, it keeps me moving and burning calories. Plus using all those muscles that I work hard at building up get put to use!
I think smaller, more maneagable goals help me as well. Regular readers know I love to do the monthly goals. It’s helps keep me accountable, but it also adds some variety and challenges because, let’s face it, maintaining is not nearly as exciting as losing.
Do you have any winter strategies you use to keep on course?
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