Those of you that know me know that I have been spending my winters in Breckenridge, Colorado for the past several years. Why? It’s simple! I love skiing and I love the lifestyle here in the mountains. And as long as I have my MacBook, an internet connection and my iPhone, I can pretty much work from anywhere.
Anyway, I want to tell you about something very interesting that happens to me every single time I come to Breckenridge. I lose weight!
That is correct, and I’ll tell you something else. The weight comes off without having to think of exercise or what I’m eating. It just happens automatically! And after experiencing this mountain weight loss for many years in a row, I am prepared to tell you exactly why I think it happens.
First, let me tell you about my typical day in Breck. I normally wake up anywhere from 5:00 – 6:00AM. I don’t set an alarm, I just wake up. I don’t eat anything immediately. Maybe I’ll just have a cup of herbal tea.
After waking I go to my desk and do some work. This is generally consists of writing on the computer. Shortly thereafter, when people are awake on the east coast, I am possibly on the phone or attending a videoconference.
I have breakfast around 8:00AM. This consists of one egg, a piece of gluten free toast, some good juice and a little more tea. I then prepare a sandwich, some chips and instant miso soup, which I will carry in my backpack when I am skiing.
I will hang out at my place a little longer and finish any work I may have. By about 10:30AM or so I will change into my ski clothing and carry my skis down two flights of stairs to the ground level. Instead of jumping on the heated shuttle to take me to the ski lift, I chose to take a slightly uphill 10-15 minute walk to the lift. It is a great warm up for a day of skiing.
I ski until about 3-4PM. I ski fairly challenging terrain. I choose steep bumpy terrain over the groomed slopes. I don’t know why but the groomed slopes really bore me these days. I’m always looking for moguls, trees and the like! The reason I am telling you this is because when I ski I burn calories. A lot of them!
I take breaks when I’m tired. I am not out to set any records. I find a nice indoor place on the mountain where I can eat a relaxed lunch (from my backpack). I don’t generally buy the expensive high fat rip-off food that the high mountain lodges sell.
I come down from the mountain in the afternoon and finish any work that I need to. Some days I will get a massage to help my muscles feel better. Sometimes I’ll get in the Jacuzzi. After ski time is relaxing time for me.
Typically in the evening I will either have dinner home or will walk to a restaurant in town. I hardly ever drive anywhere since almost everywhere in Breck can be a walk. I go to bed around 9:00PM and start the pattern again the following day!
Below are the reasons that I think I always shed the pounds without trying.
I go to bed early in the evening. I am usually so tired after a full day of working and skiing that I pretty much fall asleep by 9PM. I believe that going to sleep early helps with weight loss.
I get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every evening. Research this if you like. Healthy sleep helps you maintain a good weight.
I eat a small breakfast. Breakfast is an important meal but you don’t need to overdo it. I don’t overdo it!
I walk when I can. The walk to the ski lift every morning certainly burns a lot of calories.
I exercise. My exercise happens to be skiing in the winter. I love it. I do it almost every day. It is part of my routine. I don’t have to think about when I can get to the gym or when I can take a run. This is what I do every day.
I don’t eat a lot during the day. I always carry an energy bar with me while I ski. I frequently eat half of it before lunch. But I am never tempted to hang out around the fridge because I am skiing – I am keeping myself busy!
I pack my lunch and keep it relatively small and healthy. This beats eating out.
I walk almost every evening, even if it’s just a walk around town. This definitely burns calories, especially when it is very cold outside!
The results? Weight loss. I am always down to my ideal weight during the winter skiing months. And I feel strong and healthy.
Can you do this? Yes you can. You don’t have to come here to Colorado to ski. Just study the principles that keep me in shape in Colorado and apply them to your life. They will work!