A Chill in the Air and a Weight on My Shoulders

The cool, crisp air of fall has officially arrived. Which means my motivation somehow slipped out the door and blew away with the wind. For whatever reason, cold weather leaves me hankering for a warm fire, a cozy blanket, a good book, and a hot cup of cocoa. Workouts? Nah. Long, or short, run? Maybe tomorrow. Physical activity of any kind? …But its cold!

Needless to say, my cold weather attitude needs some adjusting. What is it about this season that leaves me feeling more like a hermit than a motivated health nut? I’m sure the shortening of the days has a little something to do with my loss of motivation. When I drive to work at 6:15 am, the sun has yet to wake up, or bat an eyelash for that matter. And most often, when I leave school around 5:00 pm, the sun is making her descent behind the Rocky Mountains. *Sigh*

So what’s an unmotivated girl to do? I know that regular exercise is mandatory in order to stave off winter blues and maintain any kind of sanity at school. But I also know how easy it is to avoid workouts. I am a master at convincing myself that I will, without a doubt, workout tomorrow…but then the next day I come up with a new reason to skip my workout. The slippery slope follows suit, along with a long uphill battle to regain my fitness.

Thus, I’m devising a plan to avert the path I am currently (and quickly) heading down. My plan seems fool-proof, as most of my plans do at the onset. I’m hoping to wrangle in Ian for some added assurance and accountability.

As the mornings are increasingly darker, Ian has stopped taking Ava to the dog park. Thus, I’ve committed to walking Ava after school everyday. In addition to the walks, I am planning to bring a bag of workout clothes and shoes to school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Instead of driving right past the gym on my way home, I will make a side stop and workout before calling it a night. I’m also re-committing to my Sunday yoga class. I love yoga, and I love the class, so I really have no excuse not to go. Plus, I always feel relaxed and ready for my week when I do yoga on Sunday.

Additionally, I came across a workout I can do from home for days when I slip up or “mistakenly” drive past the gym. I’ve altered the workout to fit my needs (and save my knees), but it is really quite challenging. I’m hoping to work my way up to three sets, but I can barely make it through two sets right now (sadly).

Here is my abbreviated (ahem, doable) version of this workout:

Complete 2 (working up to 3) sets of the following:

50 crunches

20 squat jumps

1 minute plank

2 minute wall sit

30 side crunches (each side)

10 pushups

30 Jane Fonda-style side leg raises (each leg)

20 V-ups

15 supermans

10 tricep dips (on a chair)

55 calf raises (25 regular, 15 right, 15 left)

I usually end with a few sun salutations to relax.

Having taken the past week off, and having only managed to get in a run or two the previous two weeks, I’m anxious to get back on track. As always, I know each weeks brings its own set of challenges and surprises, but that’s life! I have got to learn to work around the unexpected and continue to work through the challenges.

How do you stay motivated to workout during the chilly months of fall and winter? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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8 thoughts on “A Chill in the Air and a Weight on My Shoulders

  1. I find the dogs keep me motivated to take a walk everyday. Your workouts are way more intense than mine, so you go, girl!! I know how great working out makes you feel!

  2. I walk my dogs, but I also take some time out of my school day for ME. Planning periods are great, but since I give so much of my time after and before school, I dedicate 20 minutes of my plan to walking while the sun is up and the air is at its warmest. (Don’t worry, my principal knows.)

    • That’s not a bad idea! I always work frantically during my plan, but it would be nice to take a quick walk around the neighborhood and relieve my mind for a few minutes.

  3. I completely agree with you on this one. I am running a half marathon at the end of November…but my training is going nowhere! I think I just need to get my act together and really commit myself!

    • A half marathon?! That’s fantastic! When I was training for a half marathon a few summers ago, I read blogs/articles by professional women athletes to get inspired. They certainly go through periods of frustration and lack of motivation, but they have some good tips for persevering! Good luck to you!

    • A half marathon?! That’s fantastic! When I was training for a half marathon a few summers ago, I read blogs/articles by professional women athletes to get inspired. They certainly go through periods of frustration and lack of motivation, but they have some good tips for persevering! Good luck to you!

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