Monday, January 6, 2014
AIM: Winter Maintenance
Still, sometimes the weather is just too nasty to deal with, and I have to remember that one day, or even a few, of missed exercise won't suddenly make me balloon up to my former size. I try to not get down on myself when I don't manage to get outside to exercise. And while I should be doing this year-round, I tend to do planks more during the winter months. Inside exercise, even a little, is better than nothing.
The place where I put more of my effort toward winter maintenance is in my eating. Coming off the treat fest of the holidays makes me want to eat healthier, and after all of the heavier food, I tend to crave fresh fruit, of all things. So I indulge at the grocery store; I figure there are a lot worse things I could be buying (and eating) than berries, cantaloupe, grapes, clementines or apples - and yes, that was my most recent haul. I'm sure this all is subconsciously combined with the whole "new year resolutions" thing that is ingrained in my head, and that's fine...after letting things get a little free and easy over the holidays, I'm ready to tighten things up a bit, as I do want to remain a weight maintainer. While traditional cold weather foods can be hearty and heavy calorie busters, I work at incorporating some lighter things, like chicken broth-based soups, into our dinner plans, and as always, I work on portion control...I think that will be an always-and-forever deal with me.
The other trick that I use during the colder months is to wear regular clothes most of the time. I don't work outside the house and would love to spend my at-home time staying warm by wearing sweatpants and an oversized long-sleeved t-shirt, but I need the reminder of a waistband on a pair of jeans to not get too comfortable with what I'm eating, so I save the sweats for the evening. Winter maintenance is possible - it comes with its own set of issues, but nothing that can't be managed, if you are truly determined.
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AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like us to address!