Hey folks! How are you? I’m doing pretty darn good since I’m high off of exercise endorphins. Those endorphins though are giving me the courage to make a confession. It’s oh so cliché and predictable too. It’s one of the reasons my workouts have been so sporadic and at times half-hearted. Some of my friends (that includes you boss ) even noticed that:
I quit posting pictures of myself
The tone of some of my posts was a little less enthusiastic
I quit blogging so much
Yep <sigh> I let myself gain weight. Not just a couple of pounds either. I usually don’t get hung up on numbers and go by how my clothes fit if I’m ever in this situation. However, almost none of my clothes fit anymore and I find myself dressing a bit more
loose and flowy strategically lately. I let myself get on a scale a month a go and I got punched in the face with some of those pesky numbers. I for serious have about 24 lbs to lose.
I. Can’t. Believe. I just typed that.
If you look at my fitness log for July 2012, you’ll see I managed to get my booty moving 18 times last month. Just that amount caused me to lose four pounds. I didn’t change my eating habits which Is next on the list. You’ll notice yesterday that I kept myself from eating my feelings which turned out to be a pretty big achievement for me. I didn’t realize just how much I struggle with stress eating until this year.
Anywho, another thing that’s been affecting workouts is something so small that I didn’t bother to remedy it until yesterday! I’m so glad I did though.
The problem? My workout clothes!
They’re just too small for me now and they only make me feel bad instead of determined when I put them on. The waistband on my shorts is really constricting too and was making my stomach cramp during runs. So yesterday after my workout I went and bought some new ones at a discount store.
I walked away with two better fitting tops and 4 pairs of shorts. I liked the light blue pair on the right so much that I got them in a big size and a smaller size so I could keep wearing them. They have built in spandex shorts underneath them! The best part is I got 6 items from Marshall’s for $64. That’s a steal with workout clothes!
It could have been a fluke but today was a great day at the gym! I ran longer and harder and just all around felt better. I wasn’t thinking about what rolls (real or imaginary) were showing. I wasn’t constantly tugging at my shorts trying to make them more comfortable. Best of all, I wasn’t worried at all. I Just. Ran. It was fantastic. At the end of my treadmill runs I like to add a burst of speed but lately I could only do about 30 secs of 7 mph. Today I held out for 2 full minutes before I walked it out to the finish. Nice and sweaty run?
I finished out my gym time with a 1000m swim and about 15 mins in the steam room. It was glorious.
Have you ever had to deal with “letting yourself go?” What helped?
The last time I “let myself go” was in 2004-5. I lost all of the weight in basic training though. Please don’t make me go back again!