Yesterday I heard someone at our clinic say to a patient ‘your next appointment is in four months so that will be June’…and my heart got just a little bit lighter :). ONLY four months until the glorious month of June HALLELUJAH!!
Having said that I do rather enjoy the break that winter brings. There is no guilt about the messy garage, the weeds that need pulling, the outside repairs that need to be done. It’s kind of a time to enjoy some enforced hibernation.
It’s easy however to let a little bit of hibernation turn into a state of ‘Lackawana’…as in ‘Lackawanna-do-anything’. It’s cold, it stays dark late and gets dark early…what the heck let’s just hit snooze one more time. This can be a very slippery slope and quite honestly, I’ve had many many patients say that winter brings on the blues for them.
I’ve blogged before on my beloved ‘fourth child’ Wally. He was a part of our family for nearly 15 years. Last August we had to make the very difficult decision to put Wally out of his suffering. I miss that little fellow every day and although I’ve sworn never to get another dog I have started babysitting friend’s dogs and have even been snapchatting pictures of random cute dogs I see to my kids…that just might be blurring the lines between normal and creepy!!
I don’t just miss Wally’s companionship but I miss the fact that he forced me to get outside and get some daily exercise, enjoy nature, smell the fresh air, do some uninterrupted reflecting upon various earth shattering, mind altering topics (‘I really should give tofu a chance but it’s just so slimy’…’I wonder if we actually do swallow 7 spiders in our sleep a year?’…)
The other day I took a walk through the beautiful marsh we live close to and realized I hadn’t ventured in since we’d lost Wally! It was so refreshing to feel the cold air hit my lungs, feel my body warm up as my heart rate increased and analyze and fix all the world’s problems in 45 minutes (recently read that Madonna had thought about ‘blowing up the White house’…that’s a bit extreme but the word ‘impeachment’ has a nice ring to it). I realized after my walk how good it felt to have all those endorphins surging through me and how much I had missed my daily walks.
It’s easy to get complacent, especially in the cold, dark months of winter. It takes a bit of initiative and let’s face it hard work to get motivated to do too much. But remember physical activity is part of the Three-Legged Lap band stool that I’ve blogged about before that is essential to success with not only weight loss but healthy living (the other two legs are ‘food’: right amounts, eaten in the right way and ‘head’: having your head in the game).
If you have turned into a bit of a couch potato since the temperatures started to drop, I challenge you to take the ’10 Minute Challenge’. Commit yourself to getting active for at minimum 10 minutes daily. C’mon, ANYONE can commit to that! After 10 minutes, you can happily allow yourself to stop, knowing that you got yourself moving (and something is better than nothing) or you can challenge yourself to keep going, stopping whenever you choose to. I guarantee you (and this is a no-gimmick-time-limited-money-back guarantee) that after 10 minutes you will feel better, you will continue past 10 minutes and you will want to do it again…OR YOUR MONEY BACK!!! Now who can resist a deal like that I ask you??
Don’t beat yourself up if you have grown roots these past few months, we all do it. But make a promise to yourself that you are going to get moving starting immediately ( I like the quote “You don’t get the @ss you want by sitting on it” ;))
Yours in Health, Happiness, and having that ground hog see his shadow 🙂