[caption id="attachment_167" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=""Can't I just hit the snooze button until spring?""] [/caption] The holidays are over. Bills are arriving daily. The temperatures outside are frigid. The sun is a stranger. And the arrival of spring feels like an impossible dream. It's tough to stay motivated in the dead of winter. Why work on your bikini body when it seems it's destined to stay forever wrapped in your bulky parka? Besides — isn't winter the traditional season for us to hibernate on our couches with our potato chips and our remote controls and our blankies? A lot of us feel low at this time of year and it's tough to stay upbeat and positive, let alone active. These days, I feel like strapping on a Doritos feedbag, hooking up a Heineken drip and tuning into some awful(ly delicious) daytime television. But when it's a struggle not to succumb and call in sick of winter, when it's tough to trudge through the slush en route to the gym, when your spirits are so low you cry even at funny commercials, consider this: It could be worse. As lousy as it feels, you would feel noticibly worse if you weren't looking after yourself. If you didn't have that Boot Camp boost provided by healthy eating and regular exercise, winter could truly be unbearable. So forgive yourself for having the blahs. And congratulate yourself for your continued effort, for your faith in yourself and the progress that you're making every day towards healthier living. Come spring, you'll see the payoff. Has winter got you down? What do you find more difficult: exercising regularly or eating right?