Keeping the Bear at Bay

Here in Quebec the winter can seem endless, especially once the snow piles up so high that I can’t look out my kitchen window without staring at a wall of white.  If I didn’t find a way to get outside despite the cold I’d never leave my house.  I’d just spend my days surfing the net and cooking up comfort food and pray for spring to come.  Can you imagine?  I’d be a 300 pound bear by spring.  There is such a thing as taking hibernation too far.

One of the ways I have committed myself to better health over the past six months is to get out every day, rain or shine and walk.  It doesn’t have to be far, it can be in the mall on the bitterly cold days.  Heck in a pinch even grocery shopping counts.  My daughter is happier, I am happier and it really does help keep our moods up during the dark days of winter.

Life Made Delicious and The Running Room think the same way I do and have decided to make getting outside a group effort.  People interested in shaking of mid winter and getting outside for a little stroll can sign up for the Fibre 1 Chill Challenge with The Running Room.  PLUS as bonus, the first 10,000 people to register will get a free toque!  I’m already signed up and I can’t wait to get walking.

I have discovered over the past year that small changes can have a big impact so as well as getting a daily walk in I am trying to change-up some of my favorite recipes and make them into healthy recipes.  Last night home-made pizza included Kale, it was fabulous!  Next up switching out regular pasta for whole grain.

I would love to hear how you keep active in the dark days of winter or any ways you make an ordinary recipe more healthy!

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  1. This is good. I love that ‘300 lbs bear’ analogy. Being stuck inside does take its toll on the whole family. I know when we have a bout of bad weather everyone gets cranky in our house.

    So far our winter has been pretty good (knock on wood) but to stay active I play winter sports like indoor soccer and floor hockey. Living in the city I walk to and from work and walk to pick up my DD from school. We try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible like skating, toboganing (sp?) etc.

    I’m going to check out the Chill Challenge. Sounds neat!

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