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Not-so Newlywed Weight Gain


Oh guys, I have a confession.

The time has come for me to admit that I’ve gained a pound (or twenty) since my wedding.

Have you ever noticed (or heard) that when people get married, they tend to gain weight?

Seriously y’all, it’s a statistical fact. And it makes total sense. The stress of the wedding is over, you move in with your significant other, and you begin to ‘nest.’

Except I already lived with my significant other before the wedding (scandalous, I know!), so why the hell did I gain the newlywed weight?

Also-newsflash- I’m no longer a newlywed, so I can’t even use that as an excuse anymore.

The thing is, I love food. I love to cook food, and I really love to eat good food. I’m also not one to turn down a good glass of wine or beer.

Well, a few too many happy hours and cookouts later, and I’ve up and outgrown my closet.



But do you know what the worst part is?

I’m happy.

I have a husband who loves me no matter what I weigh and a fur baby who loves me as long as I give her treats and belly rubs. It’s hard to get motivated to change when you’re in a positive environment.

I was so stressed about before the wedding that I hardly ate anything in the days beforehand. I woke starving the day after AND THEN Jacob and I drank and ate without abandon on the honeymoon . . .and just never stopped.

I quickly put on a few extra pounds but lost most of them last fall running two half marathons. Then it was time to move. Then it was Christmas. Suddenly, it was June and I had taken six months off from working out. Oops.

To be honest, it sucks because when I’ve gained weight before and then started a ‘diet,’ I was eating unhealthily to begin with. Now I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, we don’t keep ‘junk food’ in the house, I don’t drink soda, and I rarely (maybe a few times a year) eat fast food. I guess I have to accept that my metabolism has changed and it will take more work than it used to for me to lose weight. It sucks to get older.

So, where does this leave me now? Frustrated with myself for letting it get this far.

Motivated to get back into my clothes and in my best running shape.

Did I mention that I let Alex talk me into signing up for a half marathon at the end of October? :)  And that ‘training’ officially starts next week?

It will be my fourth one (in four different states!) and I’m determined to finish under 2 hours and 15 minutes.

I’ll go ahead and say that I know that weight is just a number, and that the scale looks a lot different when you’re strong and in shape vs. thin and not in shape. I also know, however, that my clothes don’t fit at the weight I’m at and I’m not comfortable in my current physical (or lack thereof) shape.

I’m going to try to lose weight without focusing on the end number on the scale. It’s a fact that I’ve gained 20 pounds since my wedding. It’s not a fact that it will take a 20 pound weight loss to get me back to my pre-wedding clothes and fitness level.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to subject all of you to daily diet updates, but I will be posting what I eat and my workouts over at my new Food Diary Blog. If you’re curious as to my progress, feel free to hop over.

If not, (I don’t blame you) stay here and get ready for upcoming craft and garden posts.

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  • Alex July 25, 2011, 9:04 pm

    YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and I’m super excited about our training to officially start.

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