It’s official, “winter weight” may actually be a real condition rather than an excuse made up so that people have a reason to blame their seasonal weight gain on being indoors and eating snow-day comfort food, while binge watching Friends on Netflix.
Sound all too familiar? It should, because so many of us who live in these cooooold northern states find ourselves lacking energy and motivation during the months where sunlight is limited to moments where the clouds decide to step aside from being the center of attention. And lately, those cloud hogs are eating up any natural form of vitamin D that could potentially be available!
The side effects: sluggishness, sleepiness, and my favorite: weight gain.
Here’s the deal about the weight gain: it’s not seasonal. [GASP!] At least I don’t think it is.
In my personal experience, I’ve more often than not lost weight in winter because I have nothing better to do than to workout. I’m also working a lot more with committees, after school activities, and meetings so that my schedule is a lot more structured and I have to plan ahead of time when to eat, what to eat, and it makes snacking and overeating a whole lot harder.
With that said, this winter is a bit of a bitch for me. I have a tendency to carry more weight when I’m dealing with stress. Our bodies go into a “fight or flight” response, and when stress occurs, as it does for so many of us, our bodies keep the fat as a form of protection against any outside emotional forces. This knowledge made me realize that my body must be, in some form, a superhuman forcefield because I can barely get past losing 2 pounds!
I know myself exceptionally well, and I know my body on a profound level, understanding its ailments, adjustments, shifts, and necessities. Right now there are a few things happening besides it being winter:
- Stress-related protection
- Slow-as-a-snail metabolism
- Genetic predisposition to eating my emotions
Part of the reason I’m writing this post is so that I can release the emotional stuff, and get all of the other factors out there to the public so that I have someone else to whom I am accountable. I can’t go blaming winter because there are so many ways to get exercise and plan meals. I can’t even blame my metabolism because there are so many ways to kick it in the rear. I figure if I open up and say I have had an emotional 7 months, then there is no excuse left for me to fight. My body won’t need the protection because my heart is ready to let it go!
I am stating here and now that I will no longer eat my emotions. I don’t need food to make myself feel better. I don’t need it because I’m bored, or tired, or inside with feet of snow at the front door. Nope. Done. And here’s where we insert the positive affirmation: I use food as a source of nourishment and fuel for my physical body.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be starting a workout program that aids the metabolic system with exercises and and eating plan, so I’m hoping for some killer results. I will be sure to blog about that when it starts to see what kinds of transformations take place.
For now, all I can do is be aware of all what is really affecting my body, and to negate the falsities around the idea of “winter weight”. But just for fun, what do you think of this idea of “winter weight”? Let me know in the poll below!