Ahhhhhh! Not loving this at all. I have never been able to keep weight off. EVER. But since moving to the US from London in October I have put on 10 lbs. YES, 10 lbs. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
For this I blame the suburbs. They can be toxic like that.
I mean, I the truth is don’t move at all. From the house to the car, then back out again and then only to sit again. I can feel my bottom sinking into the car seat. It’s terrible.
Living in the city one is forced to move. I was constantly in movement. Popping out to the store, walking a few blocks, then coming back with heavy bags. Running to catch the bus. Going up and down stairs – lifts and escalators are few and far between in London.
In a day I could easily walk 6 miles depending on what I was doing. And Little M too. He’s put on some weight too. Seriously, I walked EVERYWHERE and my legs and backside where toned and firm. I still had to watch what I ate and worked out, but my overall fitness was pretty decent.
Now I’m living a very sedentary lifestyle and the other day it really hit me. I was walking to the car and I quickly turned to grab Little M’s hand and….my tummy and butt jiggled. WHAT?! Yes, like jelly.
The alarm bells rang in my head. I had already felt my jeans and shirt getting tight. Even my winter coat felt a big snug. But I had ignored it. I thought, it can’t be more than a few pounds. I’ll work it off soon. But that night I weighed myself and I just could not believe what the scale was flashing back at me. Dios mío, I said. And sat in disbelief. When did I let myself go?
I have been running and training for the Rock n’ Roll Half marathon in Washington, DC but only once or twice a week. And even the longer 7 or 8 mile runs aren’t doing much if I’m not eating well.
It’s pretty clear what went wrong: I drive everywhere.I don’t have breakfast, then I’m starving and eat too much and I don’t work out. That jiggle made it clear to me that I need to sort my fitness and eating habits out NOW!
So once again I am working my way down and trying to get rid of this damn muffin top. I have teamed up with Medifast as an official blogger (more to come on that) and I will be starting their plan soon.
Although, one thing I am proud of is the fact that I am very good at hiding my problem areas (thanks to Trinny and Susannah!) I have learned to dress appropriately over the years and not draw attention where there is most weight.
The other reason is that we would like to start doing some serious baking…you know, working on baby number two. And ideally I would like to start at a lower weight to avoid problems such as high blood pressure like I had with Little M. I had a horrible time, spent nights in the hospital before he was born, was on medication and he wasn’t growing at the normal rate.
And then I had complications after he was born. All because of my weight. And it terrifies me. I don’t want to go through that again. And I’m only 5ft tall so even the smallest amount of weight added on is noticeable and uncomfortable. Mine is all in the middle and backside. Not cool.
Everyone knows their own body, what is acceptable to them and I know what is healthy and right for me. So it’s time to get back on track. And since I can’t leave the suburbs just yet, I will have to get my butt into gear.
Tell me how you keep fit?
Do you find the suburbs contribute to weight gain?