Ahhh..warm apple cider, cinnamon drifting up your nose, your hands warmed by the hot and spice goodness stirring in your mug. This can only be appreciated after you have walked for endless hours through multicolored leaves, hands shoved in pockets and trudging ahead with no real purpose. What a great way to get in your daily dose of exercise. Pick your neighborhood, the one next to yours, or I have discovered a vast variety of local parks here in Ohio. Most of the time I am looking for the coolest new playground to allow Trenton to explore and conquer, but I also pay attention to the adult details. Is there a walking path, do I have access to wildlife, nature trails, is it cozy, or suburban, where are the potties, and most of all is it accessible? Plus were all going to have to work off all those delicious pumpkin treats. (Another fall time favorite!!) The possibilities are endless: Pumpkin-pies, cookies, flavored drinks, breads, all carbohydrate enriched and full of calories.
The second thing I like about fall is the approaching first holiday. And YES, Halloween is a holiday!! Not the bad, creepy, evil kind that most people associate with it. But, a fun, artistic, mystical and magical time when you can dress up in your favorite cartoon, tv, movie or imaginary character. Some of my favorites family ones include Barney, and Baby Bop, Pikachu, Norwegian mountain girl, Harry Potter, Raggedy Anne,, and The pink fairy.I myself as always a witch! Fat, skinny, good mean, just a witch at heart!
The third fall memory is the one and only showing of The Wizard of OZ! I know you guys remember this? In the old days, it was only put on tv one time a year and the fall season was when we got to see it. There was no special addition DVD set, or a 24 hour run on TNT. I vividly remember, getting my bath, putting my jammies on and settling down in front of the tv to watch it! I love every minute of it…the characters are my all time favorite. Glinda the “Good” Witch, WWW (the Wicked Witch of the West), Dorothy and Toto,and yes, even the Tin man!
The fourth blessing to this season is the candy! Or is that really a blessing? I myself am a candy addict. My children were blessed with this gene and we all look for new and exciting candies. That being said, what do we do about trick or treat candy? I am guilty!! Years before you would see me sitting in the living room or on the porch or even at the end of the driveway with that big tub of delicious candy, munching between trick or treaters! I can’t even begin to imagine how many calories in trick or treat candy I have eaten. 2 years ago I fixed this problem! It was simple…I only bought the crap candy. You know the kind, the ones nobody wants, the stuff that ends up in the you can eat as much of it as you want mom and dad pile! Sure, that made me not so popular. I became known as the house that gave out jawbreakers and peanut chews, but I wasn’t tempted to eat them, saving myself a ton of calories. The down side to this is you may become the recipient of the Halloween Tricksters. Oh well….now you have one more hour of workout time! Cleaning up the mess and tools of their tricks is another excuse to get outside and move. Try it and save yourself!
Finding a winter workout can be hard. I will be the first to tell you that getting on the treadmill is a wonderful easy efficient workout, but, I detest the stupid thing! Standing on the treadmill, in one spot and going nowhere just gets on my nerves. I make myself do it. I find some really good music, sometimes I do my Zumba homework, playing the music and listening carefully to each and every note, getting my timing and auditory cues in place. But, most days, I just hate it. Getting outside can be cumbersome, layering up and making sure you have the right shoes on is important. There is nothing worse than having tennis shoes on and stepping onto a patch of ice. Fear or falling and breaking something is downright heart wrenching. Be mindful of the elements and what goodies they have left for you out there.
Things I hate about fall? Well, that means cold, dreary, gray winter is fast approaching. Cold toes, runny noses, and the knowledge that yet another year has swiftly passed us by. What saddens me most is when we are suddenly stuck inside and forced to find creative ways to get our 4 hour a week workout in. Getting layered up and placing Emma’s coat on and heading out is not always fun. She of course loves to plow through the snow and I just follow behind. Wanting nothing more than a warm cozy fire, my slippers and warm drink. On the upside, I get an additional workout when we get in because she is always covered in snowballs and they must be removed with warm water, which means fighting her in the bathtub, chasing her to get her completely dried off, and knowing that probably and hour to two later she is gonna want to go back out in it. We can certainly find other ways to get our exercise, right? Head to the mall…NO this isn’t an excuse to spend money. Just walk, window shop. Plan your holiday shopping trips with the maps of malls you visit and you can devise a shopping plan that can save you time and effort. Add another fitness class to your schedule. Try out a new one. There are kickboxing, flirty girl fitness, boot camps and yes, even my beloved Zumba. Just adding one class a week will make a world of difference. When I began this journey, I was only taking two classes a week. When the cold weather set in I added one and immediately I increased my weight loss. Doing what your body is used to sometimes needs a boost. So seek out an additional hour of fitness a week. There is no reason to gain the winter 10lbs! Goodness, its hard enough to hide between the extra layers and cumbersome coats.
Oh, how I wish this season was the prelude to summer….but, we will make it thru, I promise!