Scenario: One fine morning in February, I wake up, walk out of the front door of my den, and look down to see that my shadow looks different. "That can't be my shadow!" I exclaim. I look to my left, and then I look to my right. Nope, no one else is out her with me, so this must be my shadow. But what happened?! Why does my shadow look so...squat. I look for the sun--maybe it is close to noon and the sun is above me and causing my shadow to look shorter and wider. I peer up at the sky, and once again my answer is a firm, "Nope!" It is not the sun, the shadow does not belong to someone else, and I am forced to admit that that short, squat shadow belongs to none other than ME!
It's February again, which means that once more I wake up from my winter fog and wonder how I find myself in the same condition I do every February. I am fluffy and frustrated with the fact that I know how to eat healthy, and yet every year I fluff up and spend my spring trying to get back to my normal comfortable self. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie Ground Hogs Day. I wake up each spring and expect that this year is going be different, and each spring I am disappointed with my lack of control when the weather cools down and when the days seem darker and longer. I know that I am not the only one because my friends, my hairdresser, even complete strangers have shared with me their fluffy frustrations as well. Luckily, I am an old pro at this. I know exactly what to do to get myself back in fighting shape:
- Don't Panic: It is not the end of the world. I am still running on a consistent basis, so at least I have my exercising under control.
- Track My Food: I don't have to be too crazy about writing down every single bite I put in my mouth, but when I am more conscious about what I am eating, I just eat less. I use the MyFitnessPal app because it is easy to track the food I eat.
- Hydration: It is so hard for me to remember to drink water in the winter. In the summer I actually feel thirsty, but when the weather cools down, I don't have those same sensations. I can go a whole day without drinking anything other than coffee (or tea now that I am cutting down on caffieine). I don't like to drink my calories, so I also don't drink soda, juices, or smoothies. This makes it so that I hydrate very little at this time of year.
- Exercise: I just need to continue what I am doing with my running. I love to get out a play on a regular basis, so I need to keep getting out on my early morning jaunts around town.
- Sleep: Sleep is an important part of staying healthy. I need to make sure that in between my early morning runs that I go to bed in time to get consistent rest.