This week has proven my theory that cooler temperature creates a stumbling block with fitness and healthy living, but why?
I have always struggled once the Fall season begins to set in here in Michigan to make it into the gym, eat healthy and move as much as I do in the summer. It’s no surprise that the walking begins to slow down (I hate walking in cold weather) but why weight lifting and eating healthy. Maybe it’s my instinct to prepare for winter or it simply becomes not as appealing to go outside at all, even to head to the gym.
I know that S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is a real thing but is it simply a mental challenge; I do feel far better feeling the sun on my face and the warmth on my skin as I exercise. I have already felt the change and failing to not eat comfort foods, get into the gym and even meet my walking goals for the day. I have failed at my 2 day rule most of the week and my diet has been terrible.
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines how well you do it”. Lou Holtz
I struggle to stay focused on my fitness and healthy lifestyle; I am also in need of refocusing my motivation. I want to maintain or even improve where I have gotten over the last year. I have worked harder than I ever have in my life to get here and it really sucks to see all that work be for nothing. I am not alone in this; I have spoken to a few other individuals that express the same struggles.
- To continue my 2 day rule (not missing the gym for more than 2 days in a row)
- Continuing my Intermittent Fasting eating habits (minimum 16/8)
- Low carb diet and carb cycling
- Meeting my 10k steps a day goal
- Bulking or at minimum maintaining my muscle mass
“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living,
new dimensions of the soul will not emerge”.
– Henry Van Dyke
I want to continue what I have started a couple years ago. I don’t want to lose the feelings that healthy living has brought into my life and I’m the only one that can make that choice.