No Excuses (Winter or Summer)
When do you find it more difficult to stick to a fitness program and your nutrition?
This was a poll I put on my Facebook page where I got a lot of responses. I wanted to share some of the reasons why it is difficult during certain times of the year to stay consistent and then come up with some solutions to help with your fitness and nutrition throughout the entire year.
Take a listen to my video about why it is more difficult in the winter for some and summer for others:
Why is winter difficult to exercise and stay on track with nutrition?
- Holidays and functions
- Physical limitations from the weather
- Having enough fresh fruits and veggies
- Comfort foods
- Weather keeping you inside
- Busier schedule with school and sports etc.
- Busy with kids being home from school and college
- Schedule changes
- Parties, cookouts, social events
- Lack of routine
- Less structure
Here are a few solutions to these excuses for not getting in your workouts or eating off plan in the summer vs. the winter.
- Plan ahead when special events are happening, try to eat well during the day and eat eat right before the event so you are not hungry when you arrive and make bad choices
- Change your workouts to fit your needs and physical limitations. Example may be yoga as a more relaxing option. Click this link to learn more about a great yoga program on Beachbody on Demand – http://www.krisdellofitness.com/programs/3-week-yoga-retreat/
- Buy frozen fruit and veggies to stick with healthy options
- Find healthier options for all the comfort foods
- Workout from home if weather interferes, and while kids are off from school and have them join you
- Plan and organize your time to be sure you get in your workout daily, treat it like an appointment
- Exercise while on vacation. There are so many fun ways to be active (walk, bike, kayak, water skiing, hiking, play frisbee, swim)
- Bring healthy options to your gatherings so you know there is at least one healthy option to choose and make good choices when you are at the event
- Do your best to get on some routine during the summer months to be sure you are exercising and still planning your meals to stay on track. Limit yourself getting take out and eating out too often
- Remember the 80/20 rule and do your best
Here is a healthier comfort food option to try out:
- 1 tsp . olive oil
- 1 large onion , chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper , chopped
- 1 medium yellow (or orange) bell pepper, chopped
- 1 lb . raw 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 (28-oz.) can chopped tomatoes
- 2 cans (15-oz. each) kidney beans, rinsed, drained
- 1 tsp . chili powder
- ½ tsp . sea salt
- Crushed red peppers (to taste; optional)
- 12 parsley sprigs , chopped
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.
Add turkey; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is browned
Add tomatoes, beans, chili powder, salt, and red peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Divide chili into 6 serving bowls and garnish with parsley if desired.
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