The First Day of Spring

Well today is officially the first day of spring, but it sure doesn't feel like it.  The chill in the air has lingered for months now.  On the odd day we've seen the sun it can be quite warm, but as soon as it disappears that chill just cuts through you.  I was looking forward to the time change last weekend so that I could get back into my daily hikes but so far I've only done one evening hike as the sun is long gone by the time I get home and I just can't be motivated to get out in the cold. 

I've heard the same complaint from many, including how tired everyone has been lately.  I've been blaming the lack of sun and cold temperatures to which most can agree.  This is the first winter since I've been out here that I didn't keep up my evening hikes and I have been feeling off because of it.  Two friends had recommended that I start taking Vitamin D, I have been doing that for about a month now. I also started drinking hot lemon & honey water every morning before breakfast which is supposed to help with your metabolism. I've noticed I eat a little less at breakfast now. I don't have a scale at home but a few weeks ago I went for my physical and found out I've lost 2 pounds since finding out a month prior that I was the heaviest I've ever been in my life. My physical activity had definitely declined drastically this winter so I am looking at different options to help me get back in shape.  

To celebrate spring, I forced myself to get up early this morning to do Yoga, I did not want to get out of my nice warm bed but after just a few minutes of deep breathing and Yoga I felt wide awake.  I've recently learned about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and one of my favourite Yoga Teachers is incorporating this into her Yoga routine.  She started doing this about 6 months ago and has become the fittest she has ever been. And the best part is, she only does 20 minutes a day for 5-6 times a week.  I know I can definitely find 20 minutes to spare each day instead of wasting time on Facebook & Netflix.  I am excited to try this new routine. I am really looking forward to it warming up so I can enjoy sunrise Yoga on my patio. I'm also going to start trying this before bed.

This was my view this morning. Though I settled for Yoga indoors in front of my fireplace!