Fitness Friday: Or not…

The cold is killing my running progress.  I take two steps forward and about a hundred backwards. This weather is driving me nuts. I can’t run outside when the temps are -20 degrees.  I really prefer the temp be above zero if I’m going to run outside.  Ok, let’s be real.  I prefer 50 degrees to run outside.  It’s optimum chubby girl temps.  Then I don’t sweat as much and retain a bit of dignity.

I’ve already declared my hatred of the treadmill.  And the gym.  I tried the gym.  With a trainer.  Who made me feel like an idiot.  Made me do jumping jacks even after I declared I would pee my pants if there wasn’t something else I could do.  Heck, I’ve had three kids.  The bladder isn’t what it used to be.  And despite the best bra in the world, the girls bounce a lot.  Not a lot of encouragement either.  Comments like “that was ok” just weren’t encouraging me.  So I quit the gym.

And now I’m not sure what to do.  As I just looked up from having my head buried in  my computer all morning, I notice more snow.  I could cry.

I don’t feel like eating.  Although I’ve made great meals for the family, food just doesn’t sound good.  So if I do eat, it’s my favorite comfort stuff.  Mac and cheese and ice cream.  I could live on dairy.

I have to get moving.  The American Dairy Association of Indiana is giving me a great opportunity to serve as a Refueling Ambassador.  I need to run some races.  And tell you all about it.  So it’s back to the grind.  Because I can’t mess this up. And I want the change again!

Back to the road.  Or treadmill.  Just not the kitchen.





  1. Spring will be here before you know it! 🙂 (and not a moment too soon!)

  2. Also: your Pinterest link doesn’t work! Shows a 404 error when I click on the link.

  3. Hey Jeanette!

    I absolutely feel your struggle with the cold weather putting a damper on your running routine. It’s like Mother Nature’s throwing you a chilly curveball, right? ️ But don’t let that frosty air freeze your determination! Running in -20 degrees is definitely a Herculean feat – even I’d be bundled up like a snowman. Your preference for 50-degree weather makes perfect sense – optimum “chubby girl” temps, as you put it – where you can conquer those miles without feeling like a human icicle.

    Oh boy, the gym and the treadmill – they can be quite the adventure, can’t they? ️‍♀️ It’s like embarking on a quest to conquer your own sweat session. And that trainer who insisted on jumping jacks? Maybe they didn’t understand the “bladder-not-what-it-used-to-be” situation post-three kids. Kudos to you for standing your ground and quitting the gym – no room for uninspiring “okays” when you deserve a cheering crowd, even if it’s just you!

    Now, about that snow… ❄️ I totally get how it could make you want to hibernate with mac and cheese and a tub of ice cream. Comfort food is like a warm hug for the soul, right? But remember, you’re about to embark on a fantastic journey with the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Refueling Ambassador? That sounds incredible! ‍♀️ You’ve got races to conquer and stories to share, and you won’t let a snowflake stand in your way.

    So, buckle up those sneakers – whether it’s hitting the pavement or enduring the treadmill – and let’s chase those miles, leaving the kitchen behind for now. Remember, you’ve got this!

    What’s your game plan to tackle the winter blues and keep your running mojo alive? Have you explored any indoor workout alternatives that might be more bladder-friendly? And, most importantly, which flavors of ice cream are your ultimate go-tos for that dairy-loving heart of yours? Can’t wait to hear more about your journey as a Refueling Ambassador and your triumphs on the road (or treadmill) ahead! ‍♀️

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