This* is the best thing I have done for myself in more than a week.

Winter is hard.

I am trying to kick myself in the bum, but my feet don’t go that way, so I might need an intervention by way of a virtual butt kicking.

How are you faring off?

Are you remembering to take care of yourself?

What do you do to keep motivated when the weather outside is screaming at you to take a nap?

You know? Like this.

 

 

*This is a smoothie made with water, 1/4 c frozen blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder. I used my Hamilton Beach single serve blender to, well, blend it.

24 Comments on Something Good

  1. I work *very* hard at taking good care of myself, particularly in the winter. Too many years I’ve suffered the consequences of NOT doing it. It takes a long time to bounce back.

    Last year I got a UV SAD lamp and this has made a HUGE difference in my ability to get up and go in the winter. I use it every single morning. I am strict with my vitamin regimen. I exercise, even when I don’t feel like it. I make sure I get lots of sleep. It is hard…very very hard. But I find that having a routine and not allowing myself to question it helps a lot. I get up in the morning and don’t even entertain thoughts of “will I go for a run” today…it’s part of my life, just like brushing my teeth. Not doing it isn’t an option.

    That’s not to say I do everything perfectly….I’ve also spent the last couple of months indulging in a few too many carbs and a lot too much sugar. But I’m making every attempt to reign that in now, too. It’s a constant battle…but one that CAN be won! 🙂

    • I believe you. You know what you really need and you know the importance of actually making sure you get it.

      Why is this so hard to grasp? Ugh.

      I blame the time of year… I can do better…

      But it’s hard.

  2. Hello! I thought I would leave a brief comment using my iPhone. Actually, I tried to post a comment from the WordPress app and learned that since you moved your site, new posts don’t offer comments via the app– something for me to troubleshoot tonight. Anyhow, great post! I certainly have been less active these days with all the bad weather we have been having and could use a little motivational boost myself to get back on track.

    • Thank you very much for fixing all the everythings. You are awesome! 😀

      I need sun sun, sun, sun!

      Maybe I should move to Sesame Street. They have sun and music AND cookies! 🙂

    • This was awesome! 😀

      I haven’t seen that in a very, very long time.

      Sadly, my bum bum bum bum bum wouldn’t fit into a darn one of those pairs of jeans! Argh!

      Thank you for your support! You rock!

    • You have to turn your face to the sun… face it… look up.. find it.

      In the bleak midwinter, there are days when this is the best we can do.

      I hope you found some sunshine. *hugs*

      I am sitting. The sun is shining its warmth on me – however brief this may be – I am embracing it.

      There’s more snow on the way — because February!

  3. Hmm, a butt kicking? Put on some music and DANCE! It is fun and will get your blood pumping. Playing the Just Dance game on the PS or Xbox is a great way to get a sweat on, especially if you don’t feel like going outside. Plus it will give you the giggles, which is even better! Just dance, baby! There is *always* time in the day for a wiggle and groove. 😉

    • It’s true. I know what you are saying is absolutely true.

      I can’t seem to drum up the oomph to do it though.

      My solar power is running low and February is the worst for that.

      Currently though, I am at my desktop, the sun is warming my left arm and it is delightful. If I were a cat I would *so* be curling up in this beam of light.

      In fact I am trying to figure out how I might do that as a non-cat human. 😀

  4. I went skating on the canal last night with the Girl Guides and my 9 year old. Luckily it wasn’t too cold. They got to share beaver tails with a friend. I DID NOT buy one for me. Yay me!

    • Bravo! That’s great.

      I love the concept of skating on the canal… or skating in general… I haven’t skated in a long time.

      I miss the open pond-like spaces from when I was little. It was open and cozy at once and it was always fun to go alone or with friends. There were houses close by so you never felt too alone, but yet you didn’t feel all eyes were on you if you were to miss a jump or spin and fall on your backside.

      How’s Winterlude?

    • OUCH!

      Thanks! 😀

      So true!! Getting up now!

      Oh, but this is the *one* spot where a sunbeam is shining in, bringing warmth and happiness….

      February is hard, yo!

  5. Music- music- music- I strongly encourage car dancing and kitchen dancing when possible. This winter I’ve been pretty diligent with zumba class and I started spin class. You see….I had a bad intro experience with spinning a couple years ago (comparable to my #worstzumbaclassever experience). But I saw a tweet (thanks Katherine) about this spin class that is nearby and raising funds for charity and I went. It is a great space (one of the founder’s home), a great group of folks, energetic instructor, fabulous music and disco lights….yes disco lights make it all better. So I go- I spin- I sweat- I’m sore- and all to raise money for Candlelighters (they’ve raised $4000 so far)- for any Ottawans that are interested: http://www.moffatfarmcycleclub.com/

    And don’t forget disco lights make it all better…even in snowstorms!

    • Music saves me. Seriously.

      February has been hard.

      I wish I could afford Zumba more than once a week. I need to start doing it at home, but it’s just not the same boost. Certainly, it’s better than nothing, though.

      DUDE! I need disco lights!

    • Absolutely. The glory of a smoothie is you can make it however you like!

      Normally, for a meal, I add spinach pucks, hemp seeds, and chia. Yum!

      This coming week, my days shall start with a nice smoothie!

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