08 February 2010

Why am I gaining weight?

This is a question I've been asking myself for the last couple of months.  Why am I gaining weight?  I'm working out.  Okay, not every day but still I'm working out.  Why am I gaining weight?  I don't eat that much.  Well yeah, I have dessert almost every night, but I eat good the rest of the day.  Sure maybe I overeat at dinner and my stomach hurts a little, but during the day I'm really good.  Alright, I had a big plate of fried food for lunch the other day, but that was only the 2nd time this week….The other days I ate good.  Why am I gaining weight??

Those were the conversations I had going in my head.  Seriously.  The worst part is that I was buying that crap.  Seriously.  For a long time I had been eating really clean with only a treat now and then.  In my mind that's still the way I ate.  Unfortunately that was only in my mind, reality was much, much different.    Last week I went back to eating clean and immediately started feeling better.  I had more energy and I was sleeping better at night.  Awesome. 

Over the weekend I decided to go back to working out.  I've been doing it very sporadically for a couple of months and felt like now was the time to get back to it.   I spent Saturday getting the studio ready because it had been taken over with boxes to move and to throw away.  It needed to be organized and stacked nicely before I could workout in there.   So I did that.  This morning I got up on time and got ready to workout.  I was a little nervous because it's been a while since I'd done a Jillian workout, but I'm ready to get back on track.  So in the dark of the pre-dawn morning I head out to the studio.  One of the first things I noticed was my calendar on the wall.  I have a calendar with big squares that I would write my workouts in.  I thought to myself, "I need to get a new calendar since that's from 2009"  then I looked over at it….. It was from September….September….. I have not worked out with any consistency since September……WTF????  Why am I gaining weight???  WHY AM I GAINING WEIGHT????   Duh!!!!  Not moving – hardly at all, eating like I'm a linebacker….. no wonder I'm gaining weight!!!! Jeez, I feel like such an idiot!!!  Mainly because I was buying those lies I was telling myself.  

On a positive note, I am feeling fabulous from the improved eating and my pants were just the slightest bit loser today.  Even yesterday at the Super Bowl party we went to I didn't pig out.  I ate and got full but I didn't pig and I had no sweets at all.  Yea me!!!!

I have also discovered that dried fruit is really all I need to satisfy my sweet tooth.  You have no idea how excited I am about that discovery.  When I get a craving for something sweet I can grab a handful of dried pineapple and papaya and I'm good. 

The moral of the story is – don't believe the bull you tell yourself and little changes really add up quickly. 

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