For all of you non-New Yorkers who aren’t aware that Mother Nature has lost her shit and is dumping foot upon foot of snow on Western NY, let me tell you, not being in Buffalo is what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Here in Roch, just one hour East of Buffalo, we’ve only gotten a total of about 6 inches, which is just enough to be winter wonderland-y, but not so much that getting to work is virtually impossible.
But, as beautiful and magic-filled as the snow may look, it’s cold. It’s so, so cold.
Since I’ve lived in western NY since I was 18 and starting college, you’d think I would be used to not just the bone-chilling cold that seems to just laugh at my misery all winter long, but also the harsh wind that seems never to cease. But, I’m still not used to it, and I don’t think I’ll EVER be used to it.
My body just doesn’t agree with the cold. I’m pretty positive I didn’t officially thaw out after last winter until around June of this year. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m a smaller individual with not much body fat, or if I have some sort of legitimate issue with my circulation or what, but during every winter I am in a constant state of cold…shivering, don’t-touch-me-if-you-don’t-want-frostbite COLD. My hands, my feet, my nose, everything is cold to the touch.
The worst thing about being cold isn’t the usual agony of not being able to feel my feet even with two pairs of socks on, or my heating bill going through the roof in order to function in my house…. It’s not being motivated to exercise!
While on the positive side of things, I’ve built a consistent and improving yoga practice, and go to class at least 2-3 times per week, my cardio has been lacking in so many ways.
The treadmill at the gym at work is always taken during lunch and running outside right now is out of the question, so I’ve been turning to my old friends T25 and Insanity to get my cardio fix. While I love these workouts and used to get so pumped doing them, lately I just cannot find my JUICE. Ya know, that feeling you get right when you’re in the thick of things during your workout, when you feel your most badass….yeah, my juice cup seems to be empty, and my workouts have been half-assed, not badass.
All I can think about during my workouts is being done, getting in a hot shower, eating a ton of hot food, getting into long johns of some sort and knitting the night away. Apparently the cold has made me age 60 years.
I have incorporated more strength exercises into my workouts which anyone who knows me know I absolutely HATE and have even turned to my childhood favorite past time of jump roping, where I have found some of my juice, but it’s just not the same.
I guess I just A) miss running and B) would rather be cozy 24/7 than workout these days.
In hopes of not turning into a hopeless, pudgy couch potato, does anyone have any tips on how to get motivated to workout this winter? Any workout suggestions? I’d really like to keep improving my fitness, and need something new to jazz it up.
Please enlighten me, beautiful bloggers, I need ya.
Peace, Love, and WARMTH.