I love cold weather.
I love sleeping in cold weather, I love eating chocolate in cold weather, and I love wearing leggings and boots in cold weather.
However, I don’t always love eating healthy and working out during these winter months.
It’s starting to get cold here, which means that it is definitely cold wherever you are because I live in Texas. When I wake up to my 4:54 alarm going off on crossfit mornings, my first thought isn’t usually “yippee”! In fact, I don’t usually have a first thought at that hour because my brain is still asleep, as it should be.
Though it can be hard to motivate yourself when the weather isn’t the ideal “seasons overlapping” feel, it is still important to exercise and stay properly fueled so that you can thrive!
Here are a few tips to help you do so!
- Sleep in your workout clothes
If it weren’t for this lazy tip, I would struggle so much in the mornings. I found recently (too late) that I really enjoy running in the evenings, after work with Chris. Unfortunately, daylight savings happened, and now it gets dark before I get home from work, which doesn’t work out when you live in a sketchy area.
So my option now is to suck it up and go early. Whether I’m getting up to go to crossfit (which is my favorite of the following options), run, or circuit train, I will probably be sleeping in my workout clothes the night before.
It just doesn’t get much easier than waking up, brushing your teeth, and getting in the car… before your brain has time to realize what is happening.
- Find your “go to” recipes
It’s easy to find yourself straying from your “diet” (lifestyle?) in the winter. Especially if like me, your eating consists of mostly fruit. A lot of fruit goes out of season, or is hard to find when the weather gets cold. I have a few go-to meals/ snacks that keep me grounded in my healthy habits in the winter. Yours may be different, and that is okay!
I love bananas in the winter. They’re cheap, they’re good, and you can take them on the go! I love to explore soup recipes, and I love to cover my butternut squash and sweet potatoes in cinnamon. Make sure that you have go-to snacks that you can bring on the go! It’s so easy to cave to winter treats and desserts around this time of the year!
- Plan ahead
How much of a planner are you?
I like to keep an hour-by-hour schedule of my whole week, and I like to color coordinate it with what I will be doing at that time (sleep, exercise, church, work, etc.).
Maybe I’m a little over the top.
Find something that works for you- and stick with it!!! One really simple/practical thing that I do is, prepare my lunch the night before I go to work. That way, I have something quick that I can grab on my way to work (because I am notoriously late), and I know that I’ll be full and nourished properly! If you have a game plan going into your day/week, you are so much less likely to fail!
What are some things that you do to thrive during the colder months?