Since Patrick and I started dating a little over two years ago, I’ve gained 30 pounds.
I know, I know – it’s somewhat normal and expected to gain weight in a relationship but this isn’t good at all – not for me or for Patrick, who has weigh-ins coming up in a few months for work. I don’t know about you, but this weight gain phenomenon has happened to me in almost every relationship I’ve ever been in. Granted, this is my worst, and that’s exactly why I now need to put my foot down and focus on me. Why do we let ourselves go? Here are a few reasons that you are probably familiar with but I’ll remind you of these culprits for fun, or at least from my experience.
1) When we are in a relationship, we are comfortable! We got the guy (or girl) and we aren’t “fishing” anymore in that vast sea. No need to be in tip top shape to impress or attract a potential fish-mate.
2) We want to spend all of our time with that person. Especially in my situation, where my boyfriend’s and my schedules rarely match up – when we are together, I want to be with him! I don’t want to be running off to an exercise class or to go for a run and part ways with him. So we end up relaxing in front of the TV together, or even worse… (continue to #3)…
3) Your time together usually involves meals, and those meals aren’t always healthy. Conversations and memories are made over a meal, and these meals are usually had out out at a restaurant where you are “treating” yourself. Therefore, the calorie intake is rarely paid attention to, or you justify your actions with a celebratory, or an “I deserve this” type of mindset. Not to mention that random weekdays by the TV sometimes end in the venturing out for a “treat” such as ice cream. Relationship or not – you could probably tell by my food posts that I love eating, and that’s not something I’m entirely willing to give up. (And I haven’t even gotten into the calorie content of alcohol!). So, I’ll have to find another way (or some additional activities) to help me battle this bulge.
As I was going to bed last night and thinking about these things, I prepared myself to begin to combat this relationship poundage. I figured I’d at least start by taking a few extra steps outside of my comfort zone in order to prove that I mean business. So, today I added in a run, but not just any run. Today I ran BEFORE work. I am 27 years old. I don’t think I’ve EVER fit in exercise before school or work EVER, unless it was mandatory on a team (and normally any dance team, cheerleading, soccer, or lacrosse practices I had in the past would only be in the morning on days that we didn’t have school afterwards). But the alarm went off at 6:00am, and around 6:40am I stumbled out of bed, brushed my teeth, threw on some workout clothes, and hit the pavement around 7:00am. (Waking up on cue to my alarm and not using the snooze button is a whole other task I’ll try to combat one day… lol).
And let me tell you, I’m so glad I got out of bed and went out for a run. It was beautiful! I mean, it wasn’t even that early but there were very few people out and about and it was just so peaceful. The sun was shining, yet there was a lot of dew in the air (or perhaps it had rained throughout the night). I had tunes blasting in my headphones as I was working out my body. It was wonderful! Here are some of the pictures I grabbed during my peaceful run:
I am hoping that this is the start to getting back on track with my weight-loss goals as I commit myself to some additional training (and maybe even a little bit better eating habits). I hope this post has inspired you in some way as well! Especially you, Patrick – countdown to October weigh-in’s has begun. Let’s kick some weight loss butt, starting now!!