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Winter Defeat

Saturday, December 19, 2015

While it technically won't be winter for 2 more days, the cold, dreary weather has already begun to defeat me. I have been on SparkPeople for 3 weeks and have done a series of ups and downs during that time. This past week, however, has been the absolute hardest as I struggle to get motivated each day.

When the weather is warm, I love to walk, ride my bike, and play outside with family in the backyard. When the weather turns cold, I find myself wanting to stay indoors and snuggle up on the couch with a nice warm blanket. Either that, or spend countless hours on the computer as my only connection to the outside world.

Yesterday was spent doing both of these things, as I tried to make sense of why my motivation has pretty much evaporated. I overate, did NOT track my calories, and didn't even care to do anything deemed "physical". As a result, I lost my calorie tracking streak, felt disgusted with myself, and vowed that today would be different.

So far, so good...kind of. While I haven't officially done a physical workout, my son and I did take a 10 minute walk to the Dollar Store, and I've tracked my breakfast so far. I do feel like I have more motivation today to be up and moving around, but I believe it's because the weather here is slightly warmer than yesterday. Hey, 2 degrees is 2 degrees!

I realize that this will be an ongoing battle from now until the beginning of Spring, and I need to be more intentional on coming up with ways to stay motivated. If you have some suggestions that you use for winter, I'd love to hear them! I also want you to know that if you're struggling like me, you're not alone. We can do this together, one day at a time. What are you waiting for?

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    I don't even go outside to exercise. I LOVE working out indoors.
    I do my cardio while on the internet.
    I first call up youtube and pick some music I love...
    then I open another file and call up either sparkpeople or netflix and WATCH in closed captions tv shows that I like: mostly hgtv type stuff. Househunters with Renovating. and such. So I get a good 1/2 hour to 1 hour in while listening to my favorite music and watching favorite shows.
    But you know what song really picks me up?
    Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton. The words are good. I imagine them referring to the new ME returning again to another good workout and getting in shape. I love it. Take a listen to it and see what I mean.
    It has a nice bouncey rhythm JUST RIGHT for a warm up to cardio. Her cheery voice gets me in a light hearted mood.
    1905 days ago
    I struggle more in summer as it rains alot here. It is also extremely hot where i only want to stay in air conditioning. I like being outside as well. On difficult days its nice to do an exercise dvd or some yoga which is calming and relaxing.
    1906 days ago
    I hope today is a bit warmer and more active for you!
    1906 days ago
    i have been dancing to simon and garfunkle on you tube ... great workout ... emoticon
    1906 days ago
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    Oh I am so in the same boat with you. Only my problem is I've been so sick past two weeks trying to get pristiq out of my system. It's been miserable and I've just been hanging on with my last nerve. Can't wait till this hell is over!
    1906 days ago
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