This is a tough time of year for me as far as exercise and controlling my weight. It’s a perfect storm of holiday food and parties, cold weather that makes it hard to exercise outside and winter clothes that make it easy to cover up a few extra pounds.
So am I going to give in to it and throw away the decent shape I got into for my half marathon? The honest answer is yes, some days I will. I like to eat, drink and be merry as much as the next guy. I can usually fend off gaining weight because I will run farther. But it’s hard to run outside all winter in Iowa’s cold, wind, snow and ice.
Believe it or not, I understand when people say, “I hate to exercise!” I understand it because I don’t really like much exercise other than running. Nothing else makes me feel as good while allowing me to chat with a friend. I have a friend who runs every day in any weather because it burns so many calories. She’s afraid to stop for fear she’ll gain the weight she lost through running.
I used to run in almost any weather but I’ve gotten wimpier (or maybe smarter) lately. Now that I’ve lived in Iowa for over 50 years, I know I have to have options other than running or I won’t be getting any exercise at all! I belong to a gym that I barely stepped foot into this summer but has everything I could ever want to stay in shape. No excuses here…
I created a plan to get through the holidays until New Year’s Day. My only goal is to maintain my current weight. I don’t care if I have six-pack abs or can bench press 100 pounds or even 25 pounds. I’m just trying to survive here.
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