Yes, sometimes I’m convinced that I was supposed to be a bear. Mean old grizzly bear or cute fluffy honey bear, take your pick. My sole purpose in life would be to frolic with the bumble bees while enjoying the summer months then beef up all fall on Ben & Jerry’s…errr…I mean nuts and berries, grow a thick layer of fat, and hibernate all winter. I’d snore the days away until the warm spring sun starts to peek through the dreary, gross, snowy clouds. Oh yes, I’d hibernate right through the winter months, perhaps only coming out of my deep sleep for such fabulous feasts and festivities like Thanksgiving and Christmas (word on the street is that bears LOVE cranberry sauce…).
Regrettably, we humans have pesky things like “responsibilities” and “jobs” and such, so true hibernation isn’t necessarily an option. But if you think about it…many of us come pretty darn close, regardless. We could blame it on the climate, the fact that we are mammals with undeniable animal predispositions, or simply the stress and chaos of the holidays. Whatever way you want to spin it, the truth is, many of us increase the caloric intake and decrease the caloric expenditure during the winter months. In other words: we tend to get fat and lazy.
1. Master the clean & jerk, thus making me worthy of the t-shirt I bought Geoff back in July at the CrossFit Games. Not that a clean & jerk makes me the incredible hulk, but it sure will feel good to get that one down (without smacking myself in the chin.)