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Tearing Down the Excuses

Winter Wear - HeadshotI’d rather be outside than in a gym.  I barely tolerate treadmills (interesting blog name considering, right?).   The weather in New England has been brrr-tastic and has included sheets of ice on the walkways and streets. 

Add these things up and you have the recipe for bailing out on workouts. 

WRONG ANSWER.  This lady is passing up on the excuses.

This last week, I focused on proving to myself that no matter what the conditions outside…..I could still get er done. 

First, I had a 3-day indoor workout string – in my not so attractive basement and in the tiny gym at work.  These sessions included running 12 miles, getting in free weights, and giving the elliptical a spin. 

Then, this tanktop-wearing chick decided to pull together a medley of winter wear borrowed from Punky Brewster’s closet to take a pass at running outdoors in the cold and around the ice. 

Winter Wear - Rest

And you know what?  I did it.  And it wasn’t too bad.  In fact, it was kind of nice.  Plus, I got to entertain pedestrians and drivers who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of my multi-colored outfit. 

Now that I’ve removed this mental roadblock, there’s no stopping outdoor workouts this winter.  How about you?  What have you done to get out of your own way lately?

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  1. January 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm | #1

    I can relate to hating the gym. I’m going back to work in upstate NY next week and I know I’ll be having to spend some time on the tread. I cannot handle it. So proud of you for getting out there!

  2. Helen
    January 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm | #4

    Can you tell me what diet did you start off with?? I need some help with what’s best to eat!! Am working hard now on the treadmill, so need movtivation on the food! Can u help me plz!

    • January 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm | #5

      Absolutely. I used weight watchers to lose 106 lbs and hit my goal weight. It’s perfect if you’re someone who likes to cook and eat a variety of foods. And most of my recipes on the site are WW friendly. I’ve started up again with them this year to lose my baby weight. Best of luck to you. Feel free to email me at thetreadmilldiaries@gmail.com if I can answer anymore questions for you or if you want some suggestions on foods.

  3. Casie
    January 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | #6

    I like working out outside, but I can’t tolerate it during the winter. I need to be indoors for that.

    • January 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm | #7

      Whatever works for you is definitely the way to go. I don’t mind the cold temps – I still break a decent sweat. It’s more the road conditions being safe.

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