#1. Move in with your boyfriend
Living with someone means adjusting to a completely different lifestyle. Eating out more, taking someone else’s taste preferences into consideration, and the desire to cuddle together with ice cream is a whole new ballpark.
#2. Start working from home full time
24/7 access to a fully stocked fridge is tricky, so is mindlessly nibbling on cereals, dried fruit, and snacks while barely stepping away from your laptop. Bonus points for added stress and that pesky new iced coffee habit formed.
mmm…. iced coffee
#3. Develop a crazy back and forth schedule that leads to a lot of eating out
Oh, Orlando, how I missed you when I moved (and still do!), but driving to you once a week had me caving to some not-so-great food choices. Eating quickly on the road made my pants just a wee bit tighter.
#4. Train for a half ironman
Training means constantly worrying about not eating enough, eating too much, and an un-ending hunger that goes with it. It’s very common to gain weight while training for endurance events, especially when you have the ‘Yes, let’s have self serve froyo with extra toppings for the third time this week, I am training for a half ironman after all’ mentality.
Don’t worry Yogurt Mountain – I still love you and your brownie ways!
And just like that – BAM! – your jeans don’t fit.
Weight is funny.
People’s perception of weight is even funnier.
Two years ago I was ‘too skinny,’ ‘running too much,’ and ‘not eating enough.’ Now that I’ve put on 10 pounds, I ‘don’t train enough,’ eat ‘too many sweets,’ and have become a ‘chubby blogger.’ <- seriously on that one? (note those are all quotes from comments)
Ughh…. does it ever stop? is there a happy medium? Probably not. Someone is always going to have an opinion and that opinion will almost always conflict with the one that came before it. It happens.
What am I going to do about it? Be upfront about my feelings, of course.
I’m owning up to the fact that I’ve put on some weight and that I’m not happy about it. Weight maintenance is hard – we all have our ups and downs – and the biggest thing to do is admit something needs to be done and move on from it.
I’m moving on with slight diet changes and portion control – less mindless bites, less dessert, less drinking beer, and more emphasis on real food. I’m also getting back to my runner roots and working on harder workouts that will keep my body guessing mixed in with strength training.
The goal isn’t to drop XX lbs or to please so-and-so, the goal is to get back in my jeans and feel good about it. I want to be healthy all over with a strong body, spirit, and mind.
Yes, I’m slightly heavier than when I started this blog, but I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m a real person with a real life and I’m not perfect all the time – not even close. The scale goes up and down for me too, I promise.