It’s that time of year again. Cold temperatures. Dark outside when I leave for work in the mornings, dark outside when I get home from work. The holiday season is here, so there are lots of parties, lots of shopping, lots of eating, and lots of drinking. How is a girl who loves to run outside in the sunshine, is a bit of an introvert, hates shopping, hates crowds, and is surrounded by people who love to indulge in unhealthy eating and alcohol supposed to cope?
Well, I’m struggling at the moment. Since running a half-marathon in October, I’ve gained 10 pounds. I’ve been running a few times a week, but no long runs. Although I’m still eating vegan, I’m not always making healthy choices, and my portion control is way out of control. I swear, when it starts to turn cold, I switch to hibernation mode and I just want to stuff my face all…..day……long.
To be honest, I’ve been having quite the little pity party for myself.
BUT NO MORE! I’m putting a plan in place and I’m getting back on the healthy track!
I’m starting by ignoring that stupid scale! My clothes aren’t fitting any tighter, so I’m not sure I want the number on the scale to dictate my mood. I’ve been doing more strength training, so it could be muscle that’s increasing my weight. I can wish, right?
I’m reaching out to others online. I may feel isolated, but I have to take advantage of all of the online support that I get from others who are going through the same thing as me. Isolating myself and feeling alone is the worst thing that I can do. I just need to talk to others, vent, ask advice, and look to others when I need motivation.
I found a marathon training program that is 24 weeks long and will start at the end of December. That’s only a few weeks away! A training program keeps me disciplined and I’m so excited to start!
I may not be able to always eat the right things, but I’m going to at least make sure that I eat more fruits and veggies, more grains and beans. I need to put more salads back into my meals and more healthy smoothies!
Finally, I’m doing what I can to embrace winter. It’s hard. I’m a summer person. I love being outside in the sunshine, feeling the warmth on my face. I have plenty of cold weather running gear, but it’s dark in the mornings when I wake up and it’s dark when I get home at night. I don’t like running in the dark. Call me chicken, I don’t care. So I run on the treadmill and watch episodes of The Blacklist on Netflix while I run. I also run outside on the weekends, as long as there is no snow or ice on the ground. Otherwise, outside is a place I only go to for short bursts of time.
If anyone else struggles with this time of year, I’d love to know how you cope! Do you change your diet during the winter months? What things do you do to make winter more fun?