Tonight is probably our first really cold night. I have been biting the bullet about turning on the heat--trying to squeeze a few dollars out of what I know will be an horrific home heating bill. And with the shrinking economy, I just can't afford the warmth. But cold weather intuitively drives me to eat as my body tries to go into hibernation mode. "I am NOT a groundhog!" I tell myself as I eye the carbs. I don't want to eat the extra portion but a part of me, shivering, screams, "FEED ME!!"
So I fill up my hot water maker and load cup after cup of green tea. And when I get my body temp back up to semi-normal, I will hop on the treadmill, crank up the music and force myself to work up a sweat. I will also prepare to go to bed a tad earlier than I have been. Studies show that lack of sleep can cause a body to overeat. Lack of exercise certainly causes the pounds to accumulate. So hopefully, my formula will, at the very least, stave off winter weight gain. Even if I do keep the thermostat at record lows! Stay warm everyone!