The winner of the Smart Balance Peanut Butter Popcorn Nuggets giveaway is…Paige! Check your email, girl. :)
Hey guys! Well, I don’t have a ton to report from the weekend. The hubby was out of town, so Mason and I enjoyed some mom/son time.
I knew how much he would enjoy a purse-hunting trip to TJ Maxx, so we did that first. Success!
In all fairness, we also took a very, very leisurely stroll down the toy aisle, which bought me about 10 extra minutes of semi-tolerant, pre-meltdown behavior.
Later, we took a trip out to Barnes & Noble, which has 3 of Mason’s favorite things: 1) A large train set. 2) Lots and lots of books, particularly of the car/truck variety, with little flaps you can open and close. 3) A looong wheelchair accessible ramp to the second floor.
Back at home, well…while the husband’s away, the wife will watch HGTV all day. (I discovered the Beachfront Bargain Hunt show, and couldn’t BELIEVE some of the prices people were getting…the wheels in my brain are turning…)
The wife will also jack up the temperature in the house:
…and watch chick flicks:
This one could actually be pretty entertaining for a guy, too–I think. It was a little darker and more maturely themed than your typical teen romance movie, which made for some interesting twists.
Yesterday, two things happened:
1) It snowed.
2) Our snowblower died.
I decided I could use the fresh air (since I basically haven’t been exposed to it for more than 10 seconds at a time since, say, November), so I grabbed a shovel and went to work on the driveway. It ended up being such hard labor that I decided to call it my workout for the day–is that legit??
Surprise, surprise: when I got back in, I felt like a million bucks and had decided that the cold “wasn’t that bad.” (Don’t worry–that won’t last.)
The general sentiment where I live–and maybe where you live–is that winter sucks and we’ve had enough. This Polar Vortex business (which we’re experiencing again this week–schools closed today and tomorrow) is separating the men from the boys, and I’m the first to admit I’m a boy. (Wait, what?)
Only a few more months until I can stop researching tropical vacations we won’t take and scoping out houses in San Diego that we won’t buy.
In the meantime, is anyone else feeling the winter workout slump? Like, we’re just hiding out in these baggy sweatshirts and giant coats anyway, so what’s the point?
Well, obviously the point is not entirely related to how we look or who’s going to see how we look…it’s also how we feel. Winter and not exercising can both give us the blahs, so why pit yourself against the double-blahs when one is reversible? Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about lately as ideas for staying on track…
Buy a new workout outfit. (Hopefully I’m not the only one who gets inspired by new clothes…)
Refresh your playlist.
Treat yourself to a few classes at a yoga studio or similar. (Better yet: get a free trial.)
Buy a new fitness DVD. (I’ve been wanting to try Jillian’s Ripped in 30.)
Get into a winter sport. (Skiing/snowboarding anyone?)
Acknowledge your accomplishments and reward yourself. You know the drill!
Buy a Fitbit (or similar) to track daily calorie expenditure. Challenge yourself to hit a certain number every day.
Take the “just do something” approach. If intense, planned workouts seem too intimidating, encourage yourself to just move, in some way, every day.
Try active friend/spouse dates. I’ve been wanting to get into rock climbing (indoor, for now) for a long time, but I’m too much of a pansy to go it alone.
Sign up for a spring race. Once you start counting back the 12 weeks or whatever of training time, you might realize you need to start, like, tomorrow. Talk about a motivation jumpstart!
Make an inspiration board. I have one in front of my treadmill, full of magazine pics of strong, fit, confident (looking) women (in warm weather, unsurprisingly).
Count chores. That shoveling business is no joke!
Plan some non-workout workouts. Something people do “for fun” that’s actually pretty physically demanding. Cross country skiing or snowshoeing? Indoor tennis, basketball, volleyball?
Recognize and tackle your excuses. If it’s too cold to go to the gym, nothing’s holding you back from doing an at-home workout.
Keep a post-workout journal. Write down what you did and how you felt so you’ll remember later.
Invest in a new piece of home gym equipment. Stability ball? Weight set? Resistance bands?
If you do work out outside, make sure you’re actually warm enough. (I’m a classic under-dresser, so this is a reminder I actually need to hear regularly.)
Wear those skinny jeans. Or whatever else will give you a gentle (or not so gentle) heads up when it’s time to rein things in a little.
Post workouts on your Outlook calendar like real appointments.
Start a challenge. Here are a few timely ideas…
Or create your own! Why not??
What tricks do you use to keep yourself motivated in the winter?