See that beautiful woman up there? She is on a beach in a tank top. You remember those days?
Sunshine, warm sand, endless nights.......
The part of your body that all people see naked (unless your religion forbids it) is your arms. How are they lookin' right now?
Well, my arms are tucked under a long sleeved shirt and a warm sweater. When I leave the house, I look like a giant purple marshmallow in my incredibly warm coat.
Nobody is seeing my arms and I am just fine with that right now. I find myself sitting for long periods on my couch looking out at the wind, rain, and frost.
I crave pasta, red wine, beef stew, potatoes, and can't face a salad. This is my body's way of saying, "Hey, it is COLD out there - you need to bulk up if you are going to make it through the winter."
But, my body doesn't know that I have a toasty house with a CAR to drive me from place to place. No walking in the snow to the store for me!
I manage to gain and lose SEVEN pounds every year because my genes have told me that NOW is the time to EAT. When you think about it, all that rich food at Christmas time is appropriate for the time of year it is held and survival through the winter.
Every article I read about avoiding seasonal weight gain is telling me to exercise, drink less alcohol, watch my portion sizes, and avoid parties when hungry. Wow, that sounds like fun.
Those ideas are what I try to do everyday RIGHT NOW - they just become harder to achieve when it is cold outside.
What am I going to do?
- Get outside more in the cold. Challenge myself to enjoy winter.
- Make sure I get a little exercise each day see: All You Need Is Five Minutes For Fitness.
- Not be too hard on myself. Hey, millions of years of evolution is hard to change.
What is your winter strategy?
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