I wrote in January about defining my "best life". In that post, I mentioned that I wasn't trying to lose weight, I didn't count calories, etc.
Well, after stepping on the scale for the first time in a while yesterday morning, I saw a number that's over my happy weight range by a few pounds. Honestly, I've noticed it in pictures as well -- that's why I stepped on the scale in the first place. And I know why I've gained weight.
|Mason knows, too. You can tell from his knowing expression here.|
The truth is, maintaining a happy weight is a struggle for me (Theodora had a fantastic post on this a few days ago). I love, love, love things like fries and tortilla chips and hard cider and baked goods. And I never want to deprive myself of these things completely. So I have to balance "what feels good now" with "what will feel good in a month." It's a hard thing to balance because you want to enjoy yourself but you don't want to place the cravings and desires of "now" so far above your general wellbeing.
|Betty isn't big on balance. |
No, for real, she is terrible at balancing and falls constantly.
I could just accept a few extra pounds as consequences of eating and enjoying more food, but there are three reasons I want to lose a few pounds and get back into my happy weight range (which again, is not far off).
First: I'm vain. I can't lie. I like wearing fun clothes and especially with summer coming up, the extra pounds on my hips and thighs are not something I want to be carrying around.
Second: I have specific time goals in mind for my half-marathons this spring and my marathon in the fall. If I weigh a bit less, they'll be easier to hit.
Third: more is not necessarily better. I don't want to restrict my food and I'm not going to count calories (although if you are trying to lose a lot of weight, I know some people swear by that method!). But I do want to pay more attention to portions and amounts for a while.
|Bea prioritizes her goals. Like sleeping in nesting boxes.|
I keep repeating "sub-2:00" to myself when a run gets hard or a strength exercise is tough. Why can't I do the same when I consider eating that extra snack or rummaging my cupboards for dessert?
|Mason wanted to be a CEO dog and now he is, see? Because that's a CEO chair.|
(1) Stop feeling justified.
Yes, I just ran 12 miles. That does not mean I can eat a bag of tortilla chips. I can totally eat a bagel or a muffin. But not both and definitely not both and a cinnamon roll (that may have happened between Saturday and Sunday...). Especially since you're taking in calories to fuel during a long run, it is not an excuse to eat everything under the sun. If I want to run intelligently, I need to fuel and refuel intelligently.
(2) Stop snacking.
Snacks are a really great way to avoid binging on meals. However, I've never had a problem binging at mealtime. It's actually more that I get bored and then feel like chewing on something. I used to chew on gum but I find it gets me terribly bloated, which is no fun (sorry, TMI?). So I need to just work on sipping water and brewing more tea, and just stick to one mid-afternoon snack a day.
(3) Stay focused on the big picture.
I have big goals that I really care about achieving. I want to make them happen and losing the weight I've put on recently will only help that happen. A cookie that makes me happy for a minute or a PR at my half-marathons that I will be proud of for years? It's an easy decision when I think like that. Not that I don't get to enjoy cookies sometimes. Just not all the time. Y'know. Balance.
|Betty eats the same food as Bea, her biological sister, and yet she is enormous. I don't understand.|
I'm not going to make this a weight loss blog because it's not like a I have a major journey ahead of me. I just want to lose the pounds I've let creep up and I want to be honest about them. So I might mention how that's going, from time to time, and feel free to totally ignore me :)
Do you have a happy weight? Do you sometimes struggle with staying at that weight?