Recently in Richmond, Virginia, we have been bombarded with a slew of snow storms— week after week. What doesn’t help is that I reside between Richmond and Charlottesville which equates to more snow, ice and horrific road conditions. I have pretty much been home with an occasional courageous run to civilization every once in a while. This has been bad because I have missed some of my weekly visits to my trainer and my favorite Zumba aerobic class...sigh.
Another downer to being snowed-in is that nasty desire to eat just because of boredom or because that’s the comforting thing to do. Well, after all this hard work I have done to lose weight since September, I was determined to fight back and not let my circumstances get the best of me – after all Dr. Roizen still wants those 10,000 steps regardless of a blizzard!
Here is what I did over the last two weeks to stay on plan with my food and exercise:
Stay feeling satisfied to drive the munchies away: To ensure I’m full and not reaching for the kids’ treats, I’ve had to reprogram my morning meals and fiber up. For breakfast I make a bowl of oatmeal (made with water) add some mixed berries, a little bit of Agave and crushed walnuts on top. This meal is so nutritious and so filling. The fiber in the oatmeal along with my mid morning snack of an apple helps to make me less hungry in the late afternoon, which is usually the time I want to unnecessarily graze on food.
Step in place: Since it’s a winter wonderland all around me, taking it to the streets to walk/jog has not been an option, so I’ve had to be creative in how I get my 10,000 steps. When we were on the show I can’t help but remember Dr. Roizen telling us there are no excuses; walk in place, walk around your dining room table, walk around your baby’s crib— just walk! For me being snowed in and laying on the couch like a throw blanket was not an option. After breakfast I walk/ jog in place while watching the news, while the kids eat lunch I pop in my Zumba DVD and turn up the heat! Once the kids begin to show signs of cabin fever, it’s time to crank up the moves on the Wii Fit— this way we are all playing together, having fun and keeping it moving. My muscles are not neglected either! My trainer who is wonderful emailed me a strength training program to do at home when I cannot get out to meet him.
Regardless of the weather there are ways to stay on track and continue pressing towards your goals. I weighed in on Friday and we all know numbers don’t lie, I’m down another 4.9 lbs! See, you just have to be creative and push a little harder when circumstances don’t seem ideal.
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