I recently went away for a holiday with every intention of not gaining weight, getting lots of rest and coming home rested, relaxed and ready to tackle the holiday full on. I came home five pounds heavier (not easy to avoid with copious food and drink at every turn) but I’m actively taking the advice of a Best Health nutrition expert and trying to get back on track with broth-based soups and regular sized meals. I’m also back to my walking routine, which I think is more a mental health thing than a weight management thing at this point in my life! While I was away I walked the ship’s track every other night. I have to say, it’s hard to come back to the Canadian cold after walking outside watching the sun set in the middle of the South Pacific. It was the first time in my life that I really felt that "high" of exercise had kicked in and I could have walked forever. I really looked forward to it every day and I think if I hadn’t made the effort to haul myself off the chaise lounge at 5 p.m. every other night, I’d have come home with a lot more damage than the 5 pounds I’m currently sporting.
I’m not going to find as idyllic a setting for my walks in my suburban neighbourhood—even on a sunny, warm day—but I can shake things up a bit to stay motivated. I know that for me, getting out there to exercise when it’s cold and dark isn’t going to happen as often as it should during the winter months. But what I can do is look for ways to make it more appealing and comfortable for me so I have no excuses. A block from my house is a new community center with a walking/running track and I’ve decided to get a membership to the track. It’s a pretty inexpensive way to stay active during the winter and it’s so close to home I can make it my first stop in the morning or my last stop at night. Who knows, those huge windows around the second floor track might just be the place that I can catch a few sunsets this winter.