Darin St. George: Think on your feet

Darin St. George

In the unpredictable world of New England weather, I sit in my house, looking out on a beautiful sunset after a fairly warm winter day. It is about to get dumped on by loads of snow when this Nor'easter swoops in and reminds us just how little Mother Nature pays attention to her kids in the Northeast.

While I'm sure the Indianapolis Colts are having a difficult time dealing with their early NFL vacation, I would like to take the opportunity this week to write about how both speed bumps and booby traps can derail you ... and what you can do to keep charging toward the big reveal come Memorial Day.

Frosty rings your doorbell. He is fat and jolly, but all that snow can keep you stuck inside all day. First of all, eat like you're about to have a photo shoot; snowstorms typically signal the beginning of an eating contest that you're poised to win...and lose. Drink a glass of water to start your day, and have one every hour on the hour, so you won't mistake thirst for hunger. Sitting down on the couch without water is a one-way ticket to knowing your pizza delivery guy by name, so make sure to stay hydrated. And for exercise, pop on your iPod and get ready to sweat. Up and down the stairs, pushups, squats, crunches and jumping jacks for 30 minutes nonstop will make you feel great and keep your muscles tight.

Your friends join the other team. The "other team" means the team that stays overweight. I see it all the time; your family and friends are less than sympathetic regarding the battle you've started, and they're stacking up Twinkies and spare ribs in your way. The first thing you need to understand is that your quest is about you and you alone. If your "friends and family" give you a hard time about your desire to eat clean or bring your food to their house, then tell them to shove it. When people have a problem with something that you are doing, they are showing their codependence and projecting their own fears about their body image and self-esteem on you.

With people like that in your corner, you'd better watch your back.

You miss a workout or two. My friend Kathenator missed a couple of workouts during her recent comeback, and she and I spent a few minutes on the phone today discussing the coming week. We both knew that it was going to be a tough go of it tomorrow, and she started to panic. I told her what I am going to tell you: Adversity happens how you deal with it makes or breaks you. So you can't make a workout. Make sure you eat tight and tear the roof off of the gym the next time you're in it. String together a bunch of butt-kicking performances and you won't be able to remember the last time you weren't charging toward your goal.

Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his Web site at