Remember last week when I mentioned that we have had three big winter storms in three weeks? Well, we are about to make that four in four weeks. It’s all anyone around here can talk about too — we haven’t had a winter like this since the 1990s.
Considering that, it’s pretty apropos that this week’s Eat. Live. Be. topic is Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
Seriously. It’s super cold outside. And when it’s cold like this, it can be really difficult to muster the desire to do much more than curl up with a good book, a warm beverage and a fuzzy blanket. But part of being healthy is sticking at it, even when it’s not at the top of your want-to-do list.
I’d be totally lying if I didn’t admit that in the past cold like this has been a major deterrent for me. Like huge, throw all that work out the window, deterrent. But this time around, I am not letting it be. I’m working my butt off to lose and keep losing (and it’s working).
Here’s what I do:
- Have a variety of exercise options. If my basement home gym is too cold, then I stay upstairs and do a longer video. I stream workout videos from Netflix, which allows me to have a wide variety of options — without owning 10 billion exercise DVDs. Plus, if I hate one, then I can just not do it again and it hasn’t cost me anything extra. If that fails, I keep the workout shorter.
- Do it anyway. I know, this is a discipline thing. But I try to remember my goal to do 10 minutes of exercise each day. When it’s the last thing I want to do, I do that 10 minutes anyway.
- Visualize. The power of visualization is incredible. I know, realistically, what I look like, but visualizing what I could look like if I stick with it is a huge motivator. Who doesn’t want slim curves? And when the going gets super tough, I think what Cate might be doing. She’s had so much success with her regime over the last year … but we do have this friendly competition and I want to win. Badly.
What do you do in the wintertime to stay motivated? Share in the comments!
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Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.