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Hibernation

October 26, 2013

It’s here guys…I can feel its touch on my skin like the creepy guy on the subway who is standing just a bit TOO close. Fall. And not “look at us in our chunky cable-knit sweaters having fun picking apples in the crisp air” fall, but “spending all day on the couch in our sweats because it’s too cold and rainy to go outside” fall.

I always start to feel the pull of hibernation right around this time. It gets easier to go to bed a little earlier each night and before I know it, bedtime has gone from 9:00 to 8:00. Afternoon naps on the weekends, so rare other times of the year, are practically mandatory now. Riley (our 60lb mutt) loves this turn of events and encourages it as much as possible. Occasionally he’ll leave the living room for the bedroom, turning once to see if I’m following. The look in his eyes says “I know you want to” and you know what? I DO. That dog can knock you out in approximately 30 seconds flat by curling in the crook of your legs when you lay down. Thanks to him, last weekend when I just went to “rest my eyes” for a few minutes, I passed out for a good two hours.

Eating well becomes a little harder as well. I find myself craving junk food more and looking at bread longingly. For the most part I manage to either find a better way to eat that comfort food or forgo it entirely, but there are definitely times when a few too many slices of pizza or “fun size” chocolate bars find their way into my belly. That’s usually right around the time I feel the laziest and most likely to curl up under a blanket and ignore the world.

BUT, on the bright side, as much as it can be hard to get up in the morning when it’s still pitch black out, the siren call of the gym and the extra hour of sleep always get me going. I tend to work out harder too (probably in an effort to burn off those extra calories) and there’s nothing like a good sweat to kick off the day.

Speaking of sweating, if you’re looking for a way to spice up those 55’s I told you about in this post, try switching out the push-ups for core exercises. Lately I’ve been doing one set with lying leg tucks and one with hanging leg raises which gives you a full body workout in a flash. Combine them with 10-20 minutes of cardio intervals and you can spend the rest of the day binge watching Netflix guilt free. Not that I would ever do that of course**.

**I totally would.

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