Over the past 5 years, I've noticed that the winter season hits me harder and harder each year. I just wanted to share my thoughts on why this is happening and talk about my plans to resolve it over the next few months.
I'm sure it's been said in research articles, but I've come to the conclusion that during the winter, people are fighting the biological urge to hibernate. We get very limited natural light, and the cold is designed to slow things down. So, it's no wonder that we want to eat, and overeat, to deal with the natural stressors that come with the winter season. It feels like an uphill battle, except that the hill is icy and there's a pizza full of comfort with us at the bottom.
Sure, I get depressed at times, but typically I'm pretty mellow of a person. I find I am the most depressed when I haven't worked out in a while. As I've put on some weight over the years, I am determined to fight this urge to hibernate no matter how warm and comforting eating more and moving less feels. Basically, my motivation is to lose weight before I put on MORE. So here's what I decided to do. I've given myself a good amount of flexibility to account for dinner parties with friends as well as TOM detours. I've also learned to accept myself at my current weight, but recognized that this isn't the weight I want to be forever.
I started by making two daily goals: (1) Recognize when you're full and (2) Do one exercise activity each day. My daily activity choices are running 1 mile or doing a circuit workout with my kettlebell. I have a daily journal where I can track my progress.
It's only been a week, but I feel organized in my goal setting. TOM came for the holidays, so I got to see what I can do under the most amount of physical/hormonal stress. It's amazing what having a plan and manageable goals can do. My 3-month goal is to run a 5K on St. Patrick's Day.
Any thoughts/suggestions/improvements on the goals I've created? What are the goals that work for you? When do you start modifying your goals?
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for reading & Happy New Year!