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A Weighty Issue

by Meghann on May 10, 2010

Mondays are not my friend.

I feel like an hamster spinning in their wheel.

But, I’m ok with that. Really. πŸ™‚

Morning snack = pretzel goldfish & chocolate graham goldfish

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Lunch = left over flatbread & salad

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The left over gorgonzola cheese & pear flat bread from Crisper’s yesterday was a bit soggy after being reheated, but the great flavor was still there. I might be the only person in the world who really loves soggy reheated pizza. πŸ™‚

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The side salad was a simple mix of spinach, olives, carrot, tomato, peanuts, craisns, and hummus.

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They were out of arugula at my grocery store on Sunday. That makes me sad. πŸ™

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A Weighty Issue

Weight goes up, weight goes down, weight goes up, weight goes down, repeat.

I’m not going to sugar coat it.

After an indulgent month of traveling – Hello New Orleans & San Francisco! – and seven course meals – I heart Foodbuzz 24,24,24! – my jeans have been a wee bit tighter lately.

For example… Derek found it amusing that I had to unbutton my jeans so that the flight home from San Francisco would be a bit more comfortable. Actually, I was laughing too – it was pretty funny. :) 

I had a few weekends in a row of eating dessert with every meal, minimal activity, lots of drinks, and I hate to say it, but it all caught up to me. It happens, but why waste time sulking? Such is life.

A year ago I gained 8 pounds while training for my first marathon. After a couple of months I was back at my happy weight with little to no effort. This past fall I lost 5 pounds while training for my second marathon. Again, after a couple of months I was back at my happy weight with little to no effort.

And by β€˜little to no effort’ I mean I continued to eat well, exercise regularly, and fall back into my normal routine of living life the way I want to live it.

Now I’m up 5 pounds from my happy weight and I’m looking to follow the same method as before. I’m going to live my life and continue to make healthy decisions, stay active, and I know it will all even out in the end.

For now my pants may be a little tight, but my body is still strong and it is still amazing and I know I will never forget that.

I am Meghann and I am awesome! πŸ™‚

1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Your weight may be fluctuating but it’s all in a very small range. I find that it doesn’t take much to make my pants tight or loose on either ends of the spectrum. I used to go out to eat with my BFF and her mom almost every weekend in high school. I would have to unbutton my jeans every time hahaha…why sit in agony?

2 Evan Thomas May 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

You rock! Getting back to the normal grind is such a great method.
And I’m so much lazier; I’m one of the people who wears their PJs on a plane and couldn’t give a hoot how I look in them

3 Meghann May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I was totally going to wear my PJs but I forgot about them until after I already checked my luggage. I did it the last time I took the red eye though!

4 Meghan @ Spreading the Health May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for posting this, Meghann! I’ve put on a couple pounds recently myself, and I’m trying really hard to maintain an attitude similar to yours. I know my weight will even out naturally. And I’m getting ready to run a half, so I know I’m awesome anyway. πŸ˜‰

5 Liz May 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I love your attitude! I think with your exercise routine and healthy eats, 5 pounds will come off in no time

6 Diana May 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Oh I definitely relate. I’m up from my “happy weight” too and my jeans are a bit tighter as well. I haven’t been indulging as much and I already feel a difference, so I’ll just continue what I’m doing. I’m actually looking to increase my exercise but that’s because I know I’ll get stronger and feel better that way πŸ™‚
I think your attitude is awesome, honestly. Life doesn’t stop because of 5 freaking pounds. πŸ˜‰
Have a good rest of day Meghann.

7 britchickruns May 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

That is the best attitude to have! It’s great you’re not making some big deal out of it (‘ohh I’m so faaaat’ or whatever) – very inspiring πŸ™‚ No doubt you’ll get back to the happy weight very soon πŸ™‚

8 laura May 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I’ve experienced the same thing recently and I think it’s pretty normal for thin, active women to gain and lose a few pounds fairly easily! Great attitude and your normal routine (and hopefully mine!) will melt away those extra pounds before you know it.

9 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’m sorta at my “very unhappy” weight right now.

10 hundredtenpounds May 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’ve always wondered why there is weight gain with marathon training. It seems like it should be the opposite!!

11 Gracie May 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I appreciate this post, and specifically how you addressed the issue. I don’t like how taboo the topic of weight has become on blogs these days. I mean, let’s face it – almost all of us are going to want to drop 5 (or more/less) pounds at some point or another. So instead of ignoring that fact, why not show others how weight loss can be done in a healthy manner?

12 peanutbutterfingers May 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

agreed! you look fantastic, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t 100% happy & you’re going to employ healthy measures to get to your “happy weight” & that’s what’s important! πŸ™‚

13 Erin May 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Totally with you on that–your body will adjust once your eating and exercise routine go back to normal. It knows where it needs to be and where it’s happy.

14 Jennifer Hays May 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I gained about 3-5 lbs training for my first half marathon. I’m about to start training for my first full marathon in a few weeks and I have been thinking about how not to gain weight during it. How can you balance making sure you are fueled for long runs and hard training while also making sure not to overdo it. I know that its more important to be properly nurished but still would like to avoid weight gain. any tips!?

15 Monica C. May 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I am amazed that you gain any weight at all, because you’re such a healthy eater and you are super active! I guess this just goes to show that the body will go through natural fluctuations, even when you are doing all the “right” things. I think you have the right idea to keep doing what you’re doing – and that weight will come off, surely!

16 Anna May 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

My weight is up a little too…it always is after winter!! Spring and summer, I usually slim back down….and then go back up when winter rolls around again πŸ™‚ I almost always return to my happy weight, almost without effort.

17 Allison May 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

You’re absolutely right. You. Are. Awesome!

I love that you’re happy, healthy and honest in your blogging. I really appreciate this post (and all posts). You work hard, you play hard and you love live. I don’t see anything to get upset over! πŸ™‚ Thanks for writing this, I think we all could use a reminder of how awesome we are no matter what.

18 Brittany May 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I love your outlook on your weight!! I find the same sort of thing happening to me after indulging on vacation and I don’t go to extremes to get back to my happy weight – just going back to my normal healthy eating and exercise tends to work wonders. I always get bloated on the airplanes and have definitely unbuttoned my pants before. haha

PS You are awesome!!

19 Jenna May 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Great post, Meghann! I love that you aren’t letting the number on the scale define you as a person and/or be a measuring point of your happiness. We gain, we lose, we maintain. As long as it is all with a healthy mindset, eating and exercise, we’ll be okay at the end of the day. πŸ™‚

20 Beth May 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I loooooove your attitude. It’s so easy to get caught up in the small stuff – – you’ve got a good head on your shoulders!

21 Juliene May 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for posting this, it’s hard sometimes to see your weight go up or down and not get a little anxiety. I recently lost 100 lbs and for me 2 or 3 lbs up makes me worried that the rest of the weight will creep back on. Thanks for providing a healthy outlook on those pesky pounds and how to keep it all in perspective

22 Sarah for Real May 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Yeah! Go Meghann!

I love your attitude so much, I’m going to steal it for myself πŸ˜€

23 Ashley May 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I love this post! It’s so powerful even though it’s short and too the point. You admitted that even a health and food blogger can gain weight, you pointed out that marathons aren’t all about weight loss, and you gave your body a huge hug! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the positive vibe!

24 Faith A. May 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Meghann, I really appreciated this. Your perspective is really refreshing – not stressing about weight is something I am SO not good at – and in the end, it ends up being worse for me than if I just had your attitude to start with. I will definitely try to remember your wise words when I start to freak myself out over a couple of pounds. Thank you!

25 Bernadette May 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Good post! I like your healthy attitude. It really inspires me πŸ™‚

26 The Hungry Runner May 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Good post! I like your healthy attitude. It really inspires me πŸ™‚

27 rachael May 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

You have such a happy outlook on life! I love your blog, it always makes me smile:)

28 julia May 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I hear you! I just unbuttoned my pants on a long car trip yesterday…definitely a sign to pay a little bit more attention to what I’m eating.

29 pippapatchwork May 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I like your healthy attitude! It’s been fun seeing your eating adventures (you’ve totally convinced me to go to San Francisco) and it looks like you enjoyed it, so no regrets!

30 Rachael May 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Love the ending affirmation.

31 M May 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Meghann, I NEEDED to read this today. I’m in the middle of my last finals period in my last year of college, and the stress-induced eating, the extra partying, and lack of exercise has caught up with me. But I am AWESOME, I will lose the weight so my pants are comfortable again. Thanks!!

32 MaryZ May 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I so love your attitude! I am up 8 lbs right now and was freaking out last weekend. My hubby actually said I looked better with the 8 lbs…unfortunatly though, I don’t feel like I look better. I’m struggling to lose the pounds now. But I have changed my attitude to be similar to yours instead of freaking out and it definetely makes me feel better.
Thanks for the great post!

33 Jen May 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

that is SO weird!! bc in your last few pictures I was thinking “jeez has she lost MORE weight!? I couldn’t tell you gained the five lbs back after your marathon training and I certainly can NOT tell you’ve gained five lbs now! Just keep that in mine!

34 kirsten May 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

you are awesome! πŸ˜€ great post, as always!

35 Traci May 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Love, love love your attitudue!

36 zoe May 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

great post πŸ™‚
i think most of us struggle with this issue and it can really impact us negatively — if we let it! you have such a great attitude towards it all! i’m trying to take on the same attitude, too. i gained a couple of pounds last month but it’s all starting to even out…and only did so once i relaxed and realized it would all be OKAY and i WOULD get there eventually πŸ™‚

37 sysbradley May 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I think this is really common! It’s happening to me right now, too! But why let it get you down? Just staying active and eating right sort of trains our body to get rid of the extra “stuff” once we return back to our normal rountines! Not need to worry over a few extra lb’s!

38 Sarah May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I am up about 15 lbs from my happy weight and it is easy to get down on myself about, so it is refreshing to read this and be reminded of a positive attitude!

39 Michelle May 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I love this post. My weight fluctuates a lot during the week (about 5lbs) and I’m super sensitive to that. I just need to start feeling ok with that and realize that just because my weight is lower, doesn’t mean I’m not as beautiful.

40 Amanda May 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for this honest post! It is for posts like this that I continue to read healthy lifestyle blogs. Because I’ve struggled with an eating disorder in the past, small issues like a 5 lb weight gain could have meant WAY more than they should have in the past. It is sooo refreshing to see others deal with these normal fluctuations in a healthy – mentally and physically – way. Thanks Meghann!

41 Bobbi May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Megs, too funny that this is what I am talking about on my lunch post today…all that matters as that we know we are AWESOME!! Love it!

42 Yasmin May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

LOVE YOU! It’s amazing how are bodies naturally find its way back. These past few days I was out of town and out of control. The time spent in the car was horrible, I felt bloated, irritable, etc after indulging. Now I’m back in my routine and feel much better. I love how you don’t stress about it and accept yourself at any weight. Inspiring.

43 Sana May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

You are AWESOME and so are elastic waistbandsss!

44 Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I love your outlook πŸ™‚

45 Marina May 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I just have the need to thank you for this post. You are amazing, and it’s wonderful to read something like this. I have so much trouble with food and body image, always wondering how I’m eating too much. This post made me realize how wrong my attitude is. thank you, you are awesome!

46 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self May 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I too have found that my jeans are fitting just a little too tight, so this post was a welcome reminder that we can deal with weight fluctuations without dieting or losing our minds. The truth is that if we simply listen to our bodies – giving them (mostly) healthy food and adequate activity – it all evens out in the end. Thanks for an inspiring post! πŸ™‚

47 Tiff May 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Thanks Meaghann. This is a great post. I admire your attitude.

48 Macrae Carreker May 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Yay for awesomeness!! I’m so happy you took advantage of your travels to really enjoyed yourself, and your right, the body will go back to it’s happy weight!

Keeep up the great training and yummy creative meals. Oh, and travelling can always make you bloat a little, so don’t sweat it πŸ™‚

49 rebecca lustig May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

what an inspiring post, Meghan. Simply fantastic.

50 Paige May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

You are definitely Meghann, and you are definitely Awesome!

51 kamadavitta May 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I love this post and I love your blog. You have such a healthy attitude toward food and your body. I am inspired!

52 Jessica @Healthy Obsessions May 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

LOL! You needed to add “Raaaaaar” at the end of this post!

53 Danielle May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Great post! You are so honest and I just love that. It’s nice to hear that truly *everyone* has issues with their weight every once in a while. What is refreshing is that you are okay with it and are not letting it change who you are. Love it!

54 gettingevenbetter May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I had leftover soggy pizza for lunch too! I secretly kinda like it too πŸ™‚ Thanks for the honesty on the weight gain. I know a lot of people don’t want to talk about it on blogs anymore.

55 missyrayn May 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I love that you have a positive attitude about it. I gained weight from just being overindulgent and no exercising during some depressive episodes recently and I’m doing the same plan you are and it will come off again.

56 theprocessofhealing May 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

You ARE amazing, no matter what!

57 Jenny May 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

You are awesome! Such an amazing, positive outlook! I love it!!

58 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Argh I know the feeling too well! Travel + parties = pants are a little tighter. Nothing that eating clean and exercise can’t fix though πŸ™‚

59 adrienmelaine May 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I am in the same boat- and am so thankful for this post- I need to relax.

60 Katherine: What About Summer? May 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I love your ending remarks.
you are you; be you! good for you!

I am so struggling with gaining weight with school and stress; it’s frustrating I’m so unhappy with myself over it.
thank you for showing how to love yourself despite not being perfect!

61 jen hall May 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

meghann, you’re an inspiration!
you’re an intelligent, confident, adventure-seeking young woman who takes life by the horns and makes no apologies. i wish more young women could read your blog and stop worrying about the insignificant and focus on the big picture.
thanks for being so great.

62 Anne @thefitbridesmaid May 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I was told to bring loose fitting pants on our cruise. Luckily while we indulged, we also worked it off with walking and your recommendation to only take the stairs. (FYI my calves were killing me the second day).

But now I definitely need to get back to the eating well and living well. The two go hand in hand.

63 Kellie May 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Great attitude. I have learned that I gain gain five lbs in a week, and then loose it again the next week. I think that once your body knows its happy weight, without much effort it will return. Life is all about balance.

64 Gabriela May 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Meghann I completely concur with Jen, who posted a few comments above me. I’m a consistent reader and in recent pictures it seemed like you had lost weight! With this comment I am trying to say you look great and shouldn’t fuss over it too much! For example, I am currently in the midst of studying for graduate final exams and my running schedule and my healthy eating habits have fallen to the way side as a result. But my pants still fit the same! I really think my body is thanking me for lessening the 6-7 day a week workouts and giving it time to breathe…. even if I am having too much stress chocolate. πŸ˜€ Your body will even out, rest assured!

65 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I like your attitude πŸ™‚

66 krit May 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

After losing 170 pounds I have finally come to terms with those pesky 5 lbs. No big deal! Great attitude!

67 Kristen May 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm

You are strong and a marathon runner, so you are healthy and the scale is just a number. As women, I think we spent too much time worrying about our weight, I do it too and so do all my friends. You have the right idea by staying healthy with exercise and eating right.

Stay strong and healthy!

Kristen

68 RhodeyGirl May 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I love your honesty Meghann!!!! <3

69 shawna May 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I am a daily reader and I dont say much but I did want to note that lately I have been thinking how THIN you look. It is funny to hear you say your weight is actually up! I just wanted to say either way you look amazing. Your mindset is an inspiration & I hope to be there one day.

70 quinnlovescali May 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Love that perspective. Thank you!

71 Danielle May 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

What a great attitude. I too have my (small) ups and downs and unfortunately they get to me MUCH more than I would like. Working on it!

72 Allie May 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Such a great message Meghann – way to stay positive.

Also – I loved your “I feel like I’m a hamster spinning in a wheel” – thats about how most of my Mondays feel too πŸ™‚

73 Jenna May 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

you go girl πŸ˜‰

74 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale May 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I like to keep the same mindset about my weight. I had lost a few pounds unintentionally recently due to extreme stress (we’re buying a house, and the process hasn’t gone smoothly!)… However, once I got a handle on keeping my emotions out of the deal (buying a house is a business transaction, after all), I was able to keep the stress under control and get back to my healthy, regular meals.

75 Lorin May 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I love your attitude, it’s very inspiring.
Also, I love COLD leftover pizza. yummm!

76 Matt May 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I love your attitude! Letting your weight dictate your mood is no way to live.

77 mary May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

YOU are amazing! πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed this post.

78 dianacheung May 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I love you..but you are crazy! You are looking better than ever..but since it’s YOUR happy weight then I’ll support you with whatever you think is best.

79 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 11, 2010 at 2:56 am

You ARE awesome. I love your outlook. Plus or minus 5 lbs, you’re still a strong and healthy woman!

That ‘pizza’ looks A-mazing, btw : )

80 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) May 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for writing this, it’s just what I needed to hear/read!

I’m about 5 lbs up from my happy weight as well and I know that calorie counting and weighing isn’t going to get them off and why stress out?

Living my life while eating healthy and exercising will. You are awesome πŸ™‚

81 runnerforever May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I love this post. It is so awesome how your body naturally goes back to its happy weight and you trust it to do so without you manipulating it! You rock!

82 kate May 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

thank goodness for your fresh perspective on this issue. this is hard for women, i think. especially when we are conditioned to think that our value is wrapped up in our size and our weight. i love how you are not consumed by a particular number and that you can recognize the amazing parts of and abilities of your body regardless of its tiny, hard to accept changes.

83 grace b May 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Meghann just wanted to say how much I respect your attitude about your weight–your respect and relaxed approach to weight loss and gain is really encouraging and inspiring to me. Just one of the many reasons I love your blog! πŸ™‚

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