Seize Any Opportunity

Seize Common OccassionsAs many of you may know, we have been “Snowed Out” today in Atlanta.  I am thankful to say that I was not one of the unfortunate people who spent the night stranded at a hotel or worse yet, in the car on the interstate.  I spent a total of four hours in the car yesterday to travel 17 miles and while it was not pleasant, I was very fortunate to spend the night in a warm house and warm bed.  Being from the south, snow is not something I see every winter and I enjoy it from time to time, but I’m usually just as happy when it’s gone.

Of course, when there is snow and ice on the ground and its freezing cold outside, you don’t exactly feel compelled to go outside and be active.  It can also seem difficult to fit in activity if you do not have a gym in your home and travel to the local gym is not possible.  Its times like these that make it necessary to seize any opportunity you have to be active.

While it was nice to spend part of an unexpected snow day relaxing and being lazy, I did not want to let the day throw me off course.  Michael and I waited until later in the afternoon when it was a bit warmer (25 degrees instead of 14 degrees) and we headed out for a walk to explore the neighborhood and take some pictures.  Granted, since there was ice on the ground, we could not do any speed walking, but we were still able to get out and move.  We took a nice walk over some different types of terrain and once we got back to the house, we shoveled snow off of the driveway, sidewalk, and porch.  While this was different from my regular workout routine, I still found a way to be active, have fun, and enjoy time with Michael all at once.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you cannot devote two hours to the gym everyday then you cannot exercise.  This idea is simply not true!  Think about it, isn’t some sort of activity better than no activity at all?  I knew that I was not going to get in a “regular” workout today, so I had to look for other opportunities to be active.

Although I know I did not exercise as stringently as normal, I also did not sit out the couch all day long just because it was freezing outside and the roads were impassable.  I tell you all of this in hopes that you will keep this story in mind and implement your own plan next time activity does not seem possible.  Always be on the lookout for little ways that you can get moving, even if you can’t make it to the gym.  House cleaning, yard work, cleaning out the garage, organizing a closet, making multiple trips up and down the steps in your house throughout the day, and the list goes on and on.  Each one of these activities may not seem like much on their own, but when you add them together or perform one of them for a long enough period of time, they can be just as beneficial as a traditional workout.

Enjoy the winter weather and the unusual (for Atlanta) snow.  Look for creative ways to stay active and keep working toward your weight loss goal and seize any opportunity you have.

Stay on Track


  1. Great inspiration!

  2. Here in Ohio temperatures have been well below zero for over a week. Exercise DVDs have been helping, but still not the same as my long walks and prayer time with my dog. I have searched the forecast and it looks as if we will be able to get outside on Friday afternoon and Saturday am. I am soooo looking forward to that time. Thank you for your post. I enjoyed seeing your article in the WW magazine this week. Congratulations!

    • I agree Collette, DVD’s do not compare to a nice long walk. I like that you use your walking time for prayer time as well. That’s a great idea! It was an honor to be featured in the WW magazine and I’m happy you enjoyed the article. Thank you so much for reading the blog and for your comment. Best of luck to you!

  3. Johanna B says:

    Glad you weren’t stuck out on the higway. Those photos of the interstate are amazing. I grew up in New Orleans so I wasn’t used to the ice and snow either. Then I moved to Topeka, KS. Wow, what a difference in climate. We’re due for snow tonight and tomorrow night, and then Monday and Tuesday and next weekend again. Sigh. My motto is Do what you can – when you can – with what you have. Works for me.

    • I love your motto Johanna and I have been reciting it to myself this week. Thankfully, our weather has been better this week and I haven’t had in disruptions to my workout routine.

  4. Beth Marsha says:

    Thanks for the motivation to get up and move! Although I could not get out in the cold you did give me the inspiration to get out my workout videos. I also love that you had some of what you love to eat on your Birthday!
    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. :))
    Beth Marsha

    • Beth,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’m glad you used your workout videos although I know they do not really compare to being able to get out and about. At least they give you the opportunity to get moving; that’s always a good thing! I can’t believe it’s almost Friday again. Looking forward to seeing you at my regular time. 🙂

  5. I kept active by carrying in firewood and keeping a warm, cozy fire going all day. It was great to have a day away from the office and spend some time at home. 🙂 Every little bit helps!

    • You’re right Gail, every little bit does help. I love that you are always finding ways to stay active while completing necessary chores around the house. I often think of your phrase, “house aerobics,” when I am doing things around the house. 🙂

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