Who loves to eat comforting, hot and delicious foods when the temperatures start to drop? I know I do. Just thinking about Thanksgiving dinner in a few days is making my stomach growl. I can’t wait to eat my mom’s mouth-watering apple pie (with some extra sharp cheddar cheese to go along with it!)
I’ll try not to over do it because I don’t want to be in a bad mood from eating so much! But, if we’re going to stuff ourselves, Thanksgiving is definitely the day to do it.
The cold weather seems to hurt my motivation to work out, too. I still go often, but it seems harder to get moving and motivated when it’s so chilly out.
Let’s work together and establish some goals as we approach these bitter winter months. And remember not to let yourself fall behind with your goals because you always deserve to be happy and healthy!
Goal #1: Commit to working out
I know everyone is busy, but we should never make excuses about how we don’t have time to get a quick workout in. I’ll admit that I’ve done it, especially lately, but we all have time to squeeze a workout into our busy schedules. And, it will relieve stress! It will make you happier and give you a break from all of the craziness.
Goal #2: Keep on eating healthy
Trust me, I know how hard it is to refrain from eating loads of hot, delicious foods (that aren’t exactly healthy) when it’s cold out. When I’m home for the holidays, my mom will make yummy breads, pies and cookies almost daily. And I’ve already talked about how I have a weakness for her pie!
She’ll also make meals like chili, which isn’t the worst for you, but all of the ground beef loaded into it isn’t good! Chili is an extremely common cold weather food that can easily be made healthier by using lean, ground turkey instead of ground beef. Ground turkey can contain 10 to 15 percent fat compared to the 20 percent fat content in “80 percent lean” ground beef. Try substituting ground beef with ground turkey in other dishes such as meatballs and burgers, too.
Some other tips:
- Don’t over do it (Especially on the baked goods like pie, which might be hard for me!)
- Keep reading labels (Make sure it’s natural)
- Use healthy alternatives when cooking (olive oil instead of vegetable oil, brown instead of white rice, whole wheat pasta)
If you need additional guidance, just comment and ask, or refer back to my previous posts about eating healthy!
Goal # 3: Stay mentally in check!
We know eating healthy and working out is good for us, but how do we mentally motivate ourselves to actually go through with it when we don’t exactly feel like it?
1. Set practical goals
Set goals that are possible to achieve. Otherwise, you’ll feel discouraged, which will make you even more unmotivated. Set weekly goals, make sure you accomplish them and then move up from there. You’ll feel satisfied and more mentally motivated to go after harder goals once you achieve the initial ones.
2. Change it up
If you stick to the same exercises and workout routines, you’re going to get bored. I’ve done it, so I know how easy it is to become unenthusiastic toward the workouts. Change up your routine and learn new exercises. This will also help you work different muscle groups and set new goals. If you’re used to only working out in the gym with weights and cardio machines, try out a class like kickboxing. Working toward new fitness goals will make you feel even more motivated, especially when you start to improve.
3. Motivate a friend
Invite a friend to work out with you. You’ll naturally want to compete with a partner, which will be fun and will make you work harder. You’ll also have the support to keep going and not give up. Share some healthy eating habits with a friend, too!
I also stay motivated because I know I look and feel a lot better when I eat healthy and workout regularly.
What motivates you?