For anyone who was born and raised in the lovely Cali sun, or another climate like it, you know what I mean when I say WINTER SUCKS!
It's dark outside when I get off of work? There goes my stress relieving trail runs...hello boring treadmill. And for those of you who are mumbling under your breath, "Just work out in the morning"...when it's 50 degrees in your room, getting out from under warm blankets is a LOT harder than it sounds.
Thanksgiving followed by Christmas followed by New Years? Even the strongest willed person succumbs to your mothers homemade treats...and they just keep coming!
And does anyone else use the fact that you're in your bathing suit for half the summer as motivation to stick to your fitness routine? When my body is wrapped up from head to toe in bulky clothes, it doesn't bode well for wanting to keep my abs in shape. Yes, I have a case of the winter BLAHS.
I haven't really figured out a fail safe way for pulling myself out of this, except for knowing that people are depending on ME for their workout, for their motivation, for their sanity. Yep, I need other people to hold me accountable to get you me this. If you're in the same rut as I am, and aren't a group exercise instructor or personal trainer, grab a buddy and put a dollar in a pot for every day one of you doesn't work out. The person who works out the most consistently throughout the winter wins the money! There's lots of way you can tailor that game to your needs...just make it fun, and hold each other accountable!
Lucky for us, January is the most popular month of the year to renew your fitness goals and re-commit, and you can usually find at least one other person you enjoy who will be in the same boat. Commit to a schedule together and watch how hard it gets to succumb to the blahs with a little friendly competition :) Good luck my friends, fight the good fight...I'm with ya!
I swear, I get sick at the absolute worst times. I have a huge event on Saturday - training for over 150 employees consisting of Opening Ceremonies, 5 workshops, lunch, and a Closing Ceremonies with Tribal Challenges. The theme: Survivor: San Jose 2011. Outwit, Outlast, Outlive. So pumped for it! But now, I find myself struggling with a killer sore throat, foggy brain, a voice that sounds like it belongs to someone who's been smoking 5 packs a day for the past 50 years, and worst of all: I'm tired.
Here's the main problem I have when I get sick....I hate staying home! Seriously, I call in sick (because I refuse to infect my other co-workers) and by the end of the day I feel like going for a run just to get OUT. So I try to do an easy workout video, and I almost pass out 20 minutes into it. Oops. That's when it hits me - I get so pissed when I'm sick because I hate that I can't exercise my way out of the problem. I won't get "un-sick" by going for a run, or going to a bootcamp class. That's typically my MO when I'm having a rough day - I work it out with blood, sweat and tears in the gym, on the trail, or with the gloves. But if I try to do that when I'm sick, it gets worse. No bueno.
And so, I succumb to what my body is obviously screaming for...rest. I sleep, and sleep, and sleep some more. I guess everyone has to get sick, and sometimes we get sick because it's our body's way of telling us it needs some rest. So, take it! Everything in moderation, even sickness, and especially rest. As long as you're eating well, exercising, and doing a good job of relieving stress, the sickness will pass soon. In my case, it better pass by tomorrow!
Wow, my very first blog. First, let me explain the reason for my title: Everything in Moderation. It's because I am a firm believer in never denying yourself! And I have the experience to prove that the motto actually works.
Growing up I was a three sport athlete, and a year round swimmer. I loved practicing...ok, for the most part I loved practicing (6 am swim workouts in an outdoor pool in the dead of winter were never my favorites), and luckily was able to eat whatever I wanted and not worry about getting overweight because of how active I was. Fast forward to college.
My first year in college was in sunny San Diego, which I now know is abundant with outdoor activities and ways to stay in shape and have FUN. However, it is also the craziest party college town I know! I was not prepared for the late night binge drinking, 4am Jack in the Box runs, and nasty hangovers that zapped my motivation to workout. The result: the typical freshman 15. I quickly realized that I was no match for the San Diego college lifestyle, and if I had any chance of becoming a college graduate, I had to get out.
So, I moved home and got serious about fitness. I woke up at 5am every day and went to the gym, followed the "Body for Life" workouts, got my cardio up to 60 minutes, and had chicken breast and broccoli for lunch every day. I still indulged in my sweet tooth, but only once a day, and always after dinner. Oh, and I stopped drinking for awhile...that probably helped me drop the 15 pounds. Plus, all the muscle I built from following the Body for Life weight training routine really turbo charged my metabolism. Success!
Once you get down to your goal weight, it's all about making your diet and exercise routines something that you can live happily with. It needs to last you a lifetime! I loved group exercise classes, so I always maintained a fitness club membership. I loved playing sports, so I would participate on recreation and intramural teams. I have a WICKED sweet tooth, so I make sure to have something sweet every day. The minute I try to deny myself a piece of chocolate, or cheese, I find myself eating that and the kitchen sink the next day. No bueno! Hence, my motto...everything in moderation.
From now on I am going to use my blog to share with you all the ways I try to keep my motivation to exercise strong, starting with my new summer idea: Best of the Bay Area Hikes! My roommate and I are hitting up a different Bay Area hike each weekend, rain or shine. Hiking is a great cardio activity, and studies say that those who spend time in nature are less likely to be depressed, and more likely to be grateful! Works for me. I'm also going to share random nutrition tips I discover, recipes, and FUN classes I take. Hope you like it, but even more than that, I hope it inspires you to get up, get out, and get moving and NOT to deny yourself :)