As the snow days pile up, so do the pounds; another day off, means another day of reckless eating.
And why not?
You’re cold, you’re bored, and the kitchen is sitting right there….
Why not whip up a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies? Or French onion soup? Or better yet, a big bowl of mac and cheese?
Anything to take the chill away.
But isn’t that what snow days are for, you might ask; cinnamon buns and bacon for breakfast?
Yes and no.
As the weeks wear on, be careful what rituals you create.
Here in the Northeast, it looks like we are in for the long haul.
If you keep going for snacks and sweatpants, you won’t be happy when April rolls around.
Those pounds will not melt away as easily as the snow in springtime…
So how do you keep your waistline and sanity intact?
Have a Snow Day Health Plan.
It sounds so simple, and yet we are resistant to using this free time for anything other than lounging.
The key is to lay the groundwork beforehand, so when the storm hits, you are prepared.
Here are a few ideas to get you out of food’s way:
Do a fun workout instead of lounging on the sofa. There are some great websites that offer everything from Zumba to kickboxing. Try something new! If you already work out at home, extend your exercise routine. You have all day; fit it in.
Collect healthy recipes for soups, veggies or smoothies. When the urge to eat strikes, prepare something you can feel good about. A big pot of chicken soup with tons of veggies is my go-to.
Create a workout calendar, a vision board of your healthy self, or journal about what you would like to accomplish in the next 30 days. This is precious “me” time; sit quietly, go inward, go deep.
Nothing inspires like a great book or magazine geared to motivate; stock up for inclement weather. What could be cozier than a cup of tea and a good read? (Tony Robbins anyone?)
Get outside! Even though hibernating sounds great, it’s not helping your efforts. Shovel, walk, play in the snow; breathe in the fresh air, and get some sun on your face. Nothing will make you feel more alive, and you will feel energized and happy.
Look, I know how satisfying a winter slug-fest can be. Try to find a healthy balance that includes a little of each of the above, and then a long, leisurely nap — guilt-free!
The Snow Day Health Plan is your key to a winter wonderland minus the winter waistline.
Leave your Snow Day Health Plan below. I would love to see it!