I’ve been telling myself (and others) that “I need to get back to the gym” and “back to my healthy eating habits” for the past several months. And I say “get back to” as I moved in with my (incredibly wonderful) boyfriend last summer and the gym facilities at my previous residence VS my current, differ immensely. This made it quite difficult to stay motivated and keep up my gym regime. Aside from that, we both love to cook and so we’ve been cooking some fantastical weekday dinners that often take us into a late dinner hour, which turned out to work against me as we were recently invited to a Bat Mitzvah.
Knowing that these types of affairs can be quite debonair and over-the-top, I was on the hunt for a new dress. Now, I knew that I had gained about 12 lbs over the past several months, as much of my clothing doesn’t fit like they used to or at all anymore, and that I would probably have to buy a size up. Sadly, after a few shopping trips to the mall I didn’t find a thing that I felt amazing in. This was the kick on the butt that I needed.
When I shared this weight gain with friends and family, they immediately responded with “But you’re so tiny! You look fine!” I know I’m petite, but regardless of what size you are, a 12 pound weight gain is noticeable to the person wearing the new pounds. My bust is bigger, my hips and thighs are fuller, and I’ve gained about 4 inches on my waist. Don’t get me wrong, I am VERY happy to have the extra weight, I just want to tone it up a bit.
Since having my body confidence crushed just a smidgen (and losing a close family member to cancer), I’ve buckled down and am aiming to work out at the gym for 30 minutes, 3-5 days a week, and am making a serious effort to be mindful of what, how much, and how often I eat – everything in moderation. By no means am I following a fad diet or becoming a health fanatic, but I am determined and committed to doing what I feel is right for me and will get me to my health goal – which is ultimately to feel healthy from the inside out and have some toned limbs.
I have two weddings to attend this summer and will need (fine…I want) dresses for both – I intend to have better luck shopping this time around! Hopefully you’ll follow me as I try my hardest stick to my health commitment. I’ll post recipes (and any progress) along the way that I hope you’ll enjoy too!