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Fighting The Desire to Hibernate...

Posted Oct 01 2009 12:00am



I love fall. The boots, the crunchy leaves underfoot, the apple cider, the crispness in the air, the fact that it's back-to-school time, even though, sadly, I've ceased to be a student...it is without a doubt, my favorite season of the year. But there is a slight problem: Lately, all I want to do is hibernate.

Seriously. I feel like my appetite has quadrupled in the last couple of weeks. I'm hungrier than ever, and I don't know why. Plus, since the half-marathon, my activity level has taken quite the dip. All I wanna do is sit at home and watch episodes of the first season of Legend of the Seeker on Hulu. I rarely get the desire to watch TV. What is going on with me??

I know it's partly the weather. But I think a part of me also wants to "hibernate" from certain things about my life that I don't necessary love right now: Like the fact that I have no control over change. Or the fact that I need to find a new job. Honestly, I need to stop making excuses, do my laundry, file the important papers that have been sitting on my desk for three months, and fix that fitness room.

And I've got to make sure I'm not eating to cope with all of the emotions associated with this time of transition. I'm a somewhat rehabilitated emotional eater, so I need to be careful. But I also need to make sure that I'm eating. There have definitely been a few days in the last couple of weeks when I didn't eat enough. I only realize much later that I'm starving, though. That might account for the sudden spike in hunger!

SO, to cope with my voracious appetite, I fed myself all kinds of good and filling things today: an omelet with Parmesan cheese, peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro on a tortilla for breakfast; peanut butter and banana on whole wheat for lunch; and steam-sauteed Brussels sprouts and broccoli with a homemade turkey burger for dinner. So good. And I feel great!

I also went to the gym and ran a mile, (not much, I know, but it's something!) then did 10 minutes on the blasted Stair Master (so evil, but SO good!) and then a couple of circuits of ab exercises. It was a quick little workout, but I felt 20 million times better afterwards.

Still, I feel like I need a new food approach. I would like to lose another five pounds, but to be completely honest, my body is TIRED of eating high fiber muffins and having to mix in wheat bran with my morning oatmeal. It just needs something else. I'm trying to listen, but I haven't quite figured out what it is yet...

I also need a new workout routine. Any ideas? My last official training session with my beloved Taj is this Tuesday. We'll still be working together, but not as regularly as before. I'll be on my own much more often. That's not entirely a bad thing though...it just means a new kind of challenge. Thankfully, I still have my Crunch membership, and I can take classes! I want to find a feasible routine I can do on my own, in my house, or at the gym and get into a good workout groove once again. That's how I lost 25 lbs a couple of years ago without a gym membership: By buying a fitness magazine every month, and then following a routine for four weeks, until the next set of issues came out. Now I have way more knowledge, way more experience, AND a gym membership! I have no reason to complain, or to make excuses. I guess it's time to work it out, my friends!

Are you with me? I hope so! And are you fighting the desire to hibernate, too? Don't give in! And if you could (or already do) subscribe to ONE fitness magazine for regular inspiration and workout ideas, which one would it be? Please let me know.

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