Preparing for Winter Workouts – Mentally

October 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm 2 comments

While I was working out this evening, and visualizing myself at my target weight by Thanksgiving (what more effective time to visualize than when actively on the road to one’s goal?), I got to thinking about what I could do differently this winter to prepare me for the onslaught of “hibernation mode.”

I think variety will still be my best defense… I need to make sure that I not only have different styles of workout, but different levels.  Going into winter as the new, much saner me, I can see that the answer is not to drive myself to spring like the last five miles of a marathon, but accomodate myself as necessary.  If there are days that all I want to do is stay curled up warm in bed (and here in Chi-Town, that is a straight-up inevitability), but I know that I can do a workout that will ease my frigid muscles while perking me up for the day ahead, I believe THAT is a lot more likely to get me down the basement stairs than a grueling torture session!

That said, I took my after-workout stretching time (usually 10-15 minutes) to brainstorm on what kind of things I’d like to try.  Friends of mine have highly recommended Jari Love, Ripped to the Core;  Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred; and Qui-Gong, so I think I will start with those.  I will also pick up an aerobic step – preferably one that comes with a video.  I’m still hoping I can talk husby into gettin me a treadmill for xmas to keep last year’s elliptical company downstairs, but he’s balking because my fitness equipment is eating up his basement.  (A word from the voice of wisdom ladies:  NEVER promise your husband the basement can be his… you might want it some day! 😉  None-the-less, I’m trying to win him over with the argument that it’s his job to maintain his trophy wife.  Right?  Can I get some back up on this?

The other prong of my attack will be to continue getting massages at least monthly, but preferably bi-weekly.  It’s amazing to me how it rejuvenates not just the body, but the mind and spirit maybe even more so.

So that’s where I’m at for the moment.  If any of you goddesses have any other suggestions, please do share!

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  • 1. PaintandSoul  |  October 22, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I’m not sure I have more advice for you, I think you’ve got in place what is going to work for you. For me the #1 thing is that I need to be non-compromising about scheduling my workouts. My workout time needs to be a non negotiable meeting with myself. If I can get into a routine of doing that I’ll be fine…. Why can it be so hard to do when you know what it is that you need?

  • 2. Cassie  |  October 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I agree 100% on the trophy wife bit! It’s his responsibility! ;-P

    My #1 is self-dicipline. You know my greatest asset is the ability to talk myself out of ANYTHING. I have a set list of my goals for November, now I just have to stick to ’em. I think taking things one month at a time might be better for me than saying “I want to loose 15 pounds, come on body, lets go!”
    Cross your fingers for me ladies!


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