Discovery of the day: Dark days

So here's the problem. Since I started running back in May, I've been able to be a little more relaxed with my food choices. And I've gotten to a point where I'm pretty happy with the balance I've reached. I'm eating grains regularly, and usually only eat salad for lunch on weekdays. I can even get away with a treat of some sort most days.

(Speaking of treat, did I mention that Sbux has their dark chocolate grahams back? I'm so happy....)

Except now it's all changed. I had to stop running a few weeks ago thanks to an extremely inconvenient injury. Hell, I'm not even supposed go for long walks! What's worse, I won't be able to start up again for another 6 weeks or so. Even worse still, the last time I had to quit running, it took me six years to start up again. It does not get easier as you get older, trust me.

Another complicating factor is that it's November, the dark days up here in the top left corner of the country. I'm pretty sensitive to the short days and this is not a great time of year for me. It takes all my willpower to fight the urge to hibernate, and my success rate is not good. I was counting on the running to help me through it this year. Harumph.

So now I have to scale back my eating to match my new (non-)activity level. And that, my friend, is going to suck.

I'm attempting to reduce portions and cut back my treat frequency, but it's very difficult when all I want to do is curl up with a bag of Kettle Chips and sleep until March.

All I can do is try, I guess.


Sara said...

You can do it Liz! Recognizing your habits are step 1 in conquering them! I tend to get loungy and hibernatey in the wintertime too. Since you can't run, due to injury and weather, you could try a yoga video. Find one that's low impact (for whatever your injury is) - It'll keep you moving, and perhaps even help heal the injury sooner with the rehabilitative properties certain yoga types possess.

kitchenmage said...

Oh no! I broke my right wrist horribly ~2 months ago and have been largely couch-bound since so I have gobs of sympathy, empathy, and identification. Sadly this makes me want more calories while my metabolism drops off the scale.

(btw, I followed you here from Grist)