I think my body has gone into hibernation mode.
I had a really bad cold recently which meant that I wasn’t well enough to work out but if I’m being honest, I haven’t done any exercise for weeks and weeks now.
I got into the habit of working out about five times a week earlier this year and I felt great for it. I started out wanting to shift a few inches, which I did, but it became so much more. Just that half an hour to myself at the end of every day was such a huge stress buster and I was feeling healthier than I ever had before. I was actually enjoying exercising for probably the first time in my adult life.
But since Winter crept in and along came those cold dark nights, once I get the little ones to bed, I just want to soak in the bath with my nose in a book then curl up on the sofa with a
stiff G&T nice cup of tea. The thought of just having to get changed, let alone actually work out, just doesn’t appeal. At all.
I think being able to hide away in jeans and jumpers makes it easy not to think about those inches that I worked so hard to get off, creep back on again. Not that they have yet. But no doubt they will. The exercise that I was doing was about maintaining the size that I had got to. And I was feeling so good about my weight or actually more to the point – not caring about my weight. And I really don’t want to go back to the whole hating the way that I look thing. They were bloody miserable days. But honestly? The pull of cosy nights on the sofa are greater than anything else right now. Is that such a bad thing?
I think half of the problem is that fact that I have to work out at night. I just don’t know how I can possibly fit it into my day any other way though. I’m up and out for the school run every morning and trust me, getting up any earlier is really not an option. My youngest two are still playing musical beds most nights so every second of sleep I can get counts. Then my mornings are spent with my three year old and although I’m sure she’d happily play or even watch me exercise, that’s not really how I want to spend our time together. The afternoons when my three year old is at nursery generally pass in a blur of housework and if I’m lucky, time to write but before I know it I’m back out on the school run so there is just not enough time. Then of course I have all four of them at home and it is generally mayhem until I can get them all to bed. So I’m not sure that there is any other time to fit it in to be honest.
So how do you do it? How do you keep your exercise mojo going on these miserable dark winter days? Or are you hibernating on the sofa with me..?