Tips to Still Fit Into Your Jeans Through Winter
Updated: Jan 25, 2018
I live in the Midwest where winters are not nice. However, I don't live too far north, so they could be worse. I still have trouble with the winter blahs with the shorter days, less sunshine, and the cold wind. Wind...boy, do I hate wind. I seem to get a little touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder during this time. This usually causes my jeans to get pretty tight by late December. Then the struggle continues for the rest of the bitter cold months of winter.
All I want to eat on these cold, dreary evenings are hearty soups and fried chicken. Fresh salads and steamed veggies just no longer have their appeal as they did during the summer months. And then add in the reduced exercise, because all I want to do is curl up on the couch after dinner with a beer and watch my favorite show.
Well, this can't happen...at least, not all of the time. I'll still occasionally make my creamy soups and drink a beer in the evening, but the rest of the time, I need to keep myself in check. It's okay to indulge yourself at times. Just don't make a habit of it. If you deprive yourself too long, you're going to crash and binge on everything in sight. Believe me, I've been there...more times than I'd like to mention. Just be reasonable about the choices you make.
Activity Every Day
I don't care what it may be, but be physically active daily is necessary. I mean actually getting your heart rate up and even working up a sweat. This can mean going outside and playing with your kids in the snow or taking up a new activity, such as snowboarding. Go sledding! Climbing up snowy hills to get that few seconds of thrill sledding down is killing those calories. Also, your body is burning even more calories just maintaining its core temperature, since the temperature outside is much colder. Bonus!
I understand that the cold temps are not inviting, but I have found that the more you are exposed to it, the easier it gets. I never would have thought that I would run in anything below freezing, but with the right gear and the right mindset, I now have no problem running when it is 15 degrees and the wind chill is in the single digits. It's not my ideal conditions, but I sure do feel like a bad ass doing it, and that keeps me going.
Coming home from work when it's already dark outside, cutting up vegetables, grilling chicken, and preparing the rest of the meal, a lot of times, does not happen at the end of my work day. I am so much more likely to eat a healthy meal if the veggies are cut up and the chicken is at least thawed or better yet, precooked. Meal prepping takes time, but it saves time later. When you can focus on cutting up all of your vegetables for the week, you save time by having a plan and doing it all at once rather than doing it
separately every day. Then you have all of those veggies ready to go to make that hearty soup that is so good on those frigid winter evenings. Meal prepping will also keep you from going the quick route and opening up a can of soup, which is not the worst thing in the world, but it is full of sodium and often times many other additives.
Meal prepping will also save you money. You will have less waste when your food is prepped, and you will get only what you need at the grocery. So take an hour or two on the weekend to plan out the week's dinners to make your workweek easier and healthier.
Get Some Sunshine
This can go hand-in-hand with physical activity if you choose to be outside. Getting some sun may not actually help to you burn calories, but it does help with mood and well-being. Your body also gets the vitamin D it may be deficient in during the winter. The sunshine will leave you more energized, which in turn, will help you to beat the winter blahs and give you more motivation to be active throughout the day.
I cannot stress enough how important water is. It is what our bodies are mostly made up of, and therefore, we need to keep flushing it with new, clean water. Sure, we love our sodas, diet sodas (don't get me started), beer, wine, etc., but those do not hydrate us like pure water does. If you're a soda drinker and hate the thought of drinking water all of the time, then start out slow. You don't have to go cold turkey on the sugary, caffeinated drinks. As a matter of fact, you will probably have withdraw symptoms and hate every moment of it. Just make a goal every day to drink so much water in place of soda. After a while, you can actually acquire a taste for just plain water, believe it or not. If that still makes your stomach turn thinking of just plain water, then try a squirt of lemon juice or infuse water with some fruits. Find what works for you and make a habit of it.
Water will also help keep your skin hydrated and healthy while the air is dry. If you're like me, at the first dropping temps and cold, dry air, my knuckles are already cracking open. Hand lotion can only go so far. You must hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Staying hydrated also helps with appetite. Most of us have heard that when you feel hungry, you're really just thirsty. Try it and see what happens.
These are just a few ideas to help you get through the winter months and stay on track. However, these tips are not going to make miracles happen, but they will keep your lifestyle in check as you try to maintain your jean size throughout the winter.
One last bonus tip...keep wearing those jeans. Don't start wearing a larger size or start wearing yoga pants in place of your jeans if they get too tight. Wearing those tight jeans will be a constant reminder that they're tight and that you need to be conscious of what you are doing to change that.
Good luck, everyone, and hope your jeans make it to spring!
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I am not a professional; therefore, any information that I provide should not be taken as professional health advice but is my own personal opinion and from my own personal experiences.