Time to Thaw Out from Hibernation

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Question: It has been a long winter and even though I went to the gym regularly, the workouts were not intense as usual and I was not consistently faithful in choosing healthy foods. Now, I need to get some weight off. How do I get the training and food selections in gear again?
Answer: We enjoyed a real winter this year which was cold and when the sun sets early it is quite easy to slip into the doldrums and be less active. With the change in the weather and the seasons you should begin to feel more invigorated. As the temperatures rise you should parallel those warmer days with a positive change in your mood which will facilitate the physical changes you want to make. However, the habits you have established during the winter may be difficult to break. A body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion. The process to break bad habits starts with making choices based on what you want to accomplish and especially taking charge of your taste buds. Breaking habits starts with bending them to meet your will and discipline for a while.
Since you are not a novice trying to learn what you need to do to get back into shape, you have to return to your healthy habits. We are all surrounded by a multitude of temptations from advertisements that show delicious looking foods. We tend to want to relax more during the winter and stay in keeping warm and we all deserve an occasional break but breaking for too long turns into a breakdown of discipline. Make a mental commitment to refuse to settle for mediocrity. Refuse to be average. Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols said it best, ” Average sucks.” Strive for excellence.
Preparation is the key to success with food. Prepare food ahead of time during the weekend to take to work or school. Make yourself a good, healthy breakfast, pack a lunch and snacks to ward off the cravings and avoid triggers that cause you to eat fast foods. Get back into your gym schedule and consider changing your training around a bit because even shuffling exercise order will produce muscle stimulation. As you begin to move with purpose, determine what your purpose is. Concrete long-term goals along with short-term stepping stone goals yields tremendous results. You will feel better within two focused workouts and begin to see changes in how you look within a month. That fuels the fire to train and maintain a healthy relationship with food. Make a determined effort to reach your summertime body and New Year’s Resolutions by May and coast instead of struggle to your vacation. You possess the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in the gym and see your potential. All that is left for you to do is to enforce your will and determination to reach your goals.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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