I don’t often get personal here, but today I’m about to bear my soul to you about something that has been troubling and frustrating me for awhile. My weight.
I know I often say how much you weigh doesn’t matter:
live active, eat healthy and enjoy life.
And I’ve been living by my motto, trust me on this. I do something active 6 out of 7 days of the week, whether it’s running, spinning, swimming, or lifting weights, I do it for 30-60min. I also try to eat fairly healthy and I limit my portion sizes. In January I even started drinking my morning coffee black to reduce the number of empty calories I consume, yet I’m still gaining weight at a relatively alarming rate: 15 lbs over the past 10 months. The weight gain started almost immediately after weaning my youngest daughter last fall.
Not because I’m getting larger, or because the number on the scale is changing – I’m ok with that. But because I’m outgrowing my work clothes and my casual clothes and I can’t afford new stuff. (Thankfully my fitness gear still kinda sorta fits). My running is also getting harder. With each pound I put on, maintaining my usual pace gets harder, and seeing my pace slowing down bothers me.
I’m really frustrated – I’m working out pretty hard, staying active and not eating too much or too little. I might be drinking a bit too much wine and too often, but I’ve come to realize that and will change it. Though, I seriously doubt I’ve consumed 15lbs worth of wine this year. That would just be a crazy amount of wine.
This winter I’m determined to make my clothes fit again, but I’m not sure how. I can’t afford a personal trainer, and I really don’t want to spend MORE hours exercising either. I also really enjoy my running, though with my running pace no longer improving I’m finding my running frustrating and a big blow to my ego. I feel this bloated yuckiness in my belly, which makes me want to bury my head in the snack cupboard even though I know that’s the last thing I should do.
So I’m curious:
- What do you do when you reach a plateau?
- What do you change to get back to making improvements?
- How can I lose a few pounds to make my clothes fit again?
- Do I need to give up my running and spinning to do more weights? If so, at what point can I return to them?
- Is this just a normal part of getting older?
- Or could something else be going on? (No. I’m definitely not preggo).
What do you think? Has this ever happened to you?