Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Losing Weight is a Bitch, and Gaining it takes No Effort at All
I've put on 5 pounds. At the beginning of April I weighed 129 pounds. Yesterday I stepped on the Scale and I weighed 134 pounds.
Since I'm so small, five pounds is quite a lot of weight for me, and I'm already having problems with the fit of some of my clothes.
How did it happen?
Well, probably the biggest culprit is less exercise. I've had a history of issues with my hips and knees, and for the last few months they've really been acting up. I've been curtailing my walks somewhat because of the pain by walking fewer miles over the course of the week. I've been trying to make up the calorie burn in other activities. I've been gardening quite a bit-often one to two hours a day, and I've been working out with a personal trainer once a week. But I guess nothing else burns calories like a good walk or a run.
Second, I haven't been as fastidious with my diet as I should be. In particular, I've been eating more meat and dairy and fewer vegetables than I really should. I also haven't been eating as many raw fruits and vegetables as I should.
The problem is that my social calendar tends to explode in late April, and with all the fund-raisers, parties, barbecues, etc., I've let my eating habits slide back into bad patterns. They're probably still good in comparison to others, but not as good as they need to be to prevent weight gain.
So, rather than beating myself up, I think I'm going to try to plan a good cleanse to get my eating habits back on track, and rethink my exercise patterns to take into account my joint weaknesses.
Losing Weight is a Bitch, and Gaining it takes no effort at All.