It's Monday and that means it's time to check in with the Eat.Live.Be. challenge.
I had a pretty good week, I managed to run and increase my time slightly. That is something that has been very difficult for me to do in the past. I did have some pain in my shins, but taking a rest day seemed to resolve that problem. I'm going to be hitting the treadmill again later today so I can stay right on track. I'm actually starting to look forward to my runs. I tune into my iPod and listen to some heart-pumping music and tune out the stresses of the day.
This week, we are all talking about what we do to stay motivated to stick to our exercise goals in these oh-so-cold Winter months. It is often a time when snuggling up under a blanket and reading a book or watching a movie sounds so much more appealing. That sounds wonderful on a cold day, but that will lead to the Winter weight gain... and for many of us in the Eat.Live.Be. healthy challenge, losing weight is more the goal than gaining more!
For me, staying motivated to keep moving can be hard. It's really about consistency and planning. If I go 2 days without exercising, that can easily turn into a week or two. That's not the person I want to be, so if I miss 2 days for whatever reason I absolutely must schedule in a workout that very next day. I always feel better having done that, and I know that occasionally I need to give my body a day or even 2 to recover and let the muscles do their rebuilding thing.
I'm fortunate in that my office has a gym right there. It's free to employees, which can often beg the question why I don't work out there all the time. I prefer not to do my running during my lunch hour because I don't have time to do a full shower and such... and I tend to stay bright-pink in the face for an hour afterward. I prefer to use my gym time to do a light cardio warm-up and strength train. With the colder weather, you will find me there much more often because running an errand in this weather is not as enticing as it is when Spring rolls around.
Another way I stay motivated to keep up with exercising this time of year is visualizing upcoming vacations. I want to feel good and look good when we go away. Being able to keep up with a long day of sight-seeing or lounging by the pool and feeling good about myself makes the trip so much more enjoyable. Oh, and don't forget the vacation photos... I want to feel good about sharing those with family and friends. I don't want to be the person who hides from the camera!
Also, having the Eat.Live.Be. group on Facebook as a check-in either daily or every couple of days keeps me honest. I don't want to post that I haven't stayed true to my goal. There is something about a support group that will keep you working out.
Please visit the other Eat.Live.Be. bloggers to see how they stay motivated to exercise in the freezing temperatures:
● Sarah - Sarah's Cucina Bella
● Cate - Sweetnicks
● Maris - In Good Taste
● Chris - Mele Cotte
● Faith - Blog Appetit
● Kristen - Dine & Dish
● Emily - Three Boys and a Little Lady
● Jenna - FireMom
● Joanne - Eats Well With Others
● Casey - The Starnes Family
● Tri-Fit Mom -Trying to be Fit Mom
● Claire - Cooking is Medicine
● Allison - Sweet Flours
● Jen - NJ Epicurean
How do you stay motivated to exercise when it's so cold outside that all you want to do is curl up under a blanket and hibernate until Spring?
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