Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Just Wanted to Feel Pretty

This morning I woke up and went to the bathroom, and brushed my teethe. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a scale. I thought to myself, "I haven't weighed myself in about a month I should see where I'm at." Over the last two weeks I have been really feeling like I was gaining weight. So I did it, I got on the scale and learned that I had gained 11 pounds in one month! Not only that, but the last time I weighed myself I had gained some weight. It was nothing to make me really concerned at the time, but now it adds up to about 18 pounds in about three months. Psh, whaaaaaaaat!?! I have never gained that much weight so quickly.

The last two weeks I have been working on a construction job. I know you're thinking, "But she has been pulling wallpaper off the walls, painting, pulling up carpet, and doing other active things during her long--sometimes 12 hour--work days." Yes, it's true I have been fairly active. However, what do construction guys eat throughout the day to keep their energy up? They eat cookies, and chocolate! Plus, on top of that I have been drinking Dr. Pepper way more than usual too. The last two weeks my sugar intake just got way out of control. It's like once I started I just couldn't stop! Oh that's not all though, we've also been staying in a hotel near the job site which means we eat out every meal! Ultimately, the whole situation is a lethal combination.

The sad news motivated me to pay closer attention, so I decided to start tracking my food on Livestrong again. I'm at my in-law's home for the weekend, we have a few days off of work. I knew that I needed to choose the non-sugar cereal, and watch portion size. I began frantically looking around the kitchen, "where in the world are the measuring cups?!" I finally just guessed what 1 cup was. That is supposed to fill me up? Then I went to get the milk, they only have 2% which adds some extra calories. I started pouring it into my bowl of cereal and some it spilled out so I had to go get a rag to clean up my mess. Overall, this fresh start with breakfast was starting to be a lot of work. That's just how it goes though, getting started on something new always takes a little more effort. At least cinnamon is a spice that boosts the metabolism, I was grateful to have it on my breakfast.

Needless to say, I was feeling really ugly this morning after all of that. Especially since I was wearing work clothes, little make-up, and dirty hair (from the construction site) all week. Here's a picture of me working (with hubby working behind me).

Today I just wanted to feel like I was still pretty. So I curled my hair, chose a cute outfit, and put a smile on my face.

I feel so much better now! Thank goodness for that, it gave me hope! I typically wouldn't announce something as embarrassing as my unusually dramatic weight gain on my blog. But I figured, I'm probably not the only one this has happened to. I've seen a couple of friends gain weight in their first year of marriage, however, most of my friends still look amazing. Besides that, when I tell you about it then I will kind of be accountable to you. I'm confident I can get the 11 off almost as fast as it came on, just by cutting out the cookies and Dr. Pepper. Hopefully I will have happy news to report back soon!

Do you think it's common to gain weight in your first year of marriage? How do you keep your weight in check?


  1. You look beautiful, and I'm glad you feel better! :) I know days when I actually get dressed and put on some mascara I feel MUCH better!

    I gained a little weight our first year of marriage. I don't know why that happens to so many of us??!

    You will get back into the swing of things soon! And keep that positive attitude girl!

  2. I do think it is common! I did it. I think it comes from establishing different patterns of eatng with a different person. We used to stroll through the gorcery store at 9 a.m. when we had a food craving. That put on the pounds!

  3. BTW, thanks for the Livingstrong link. I like that!

  4. when i was single i didn't feel the need to produce a whole meal just for myself, so i was content to eat snacks for dinner, or yogurt and toast- you know, something simple. then we get married and feel like we need to eat like a regular family, feeding our husbands full meals. sharing in that when we aren't used to it will put on the pounds.
    i gained a bunch this last winter, i wasnt' very active, and then when i finished school i didn't have a job for 3 mos. i had a doctor checkup and was completely shocked when i got on their scale and felt all depressed about it...
    since then i've been working on it. i made a chart with goals- this many pounds in this many weeks type thing, with rewards for 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 week, etc with an ultimate goal and reward. i marked when i ate fruits and veggies, when i worked out, and when i didnt' snack before meals. it helped me pay attention, and though i haven't been marking it regularly anymore, it helped me stay focused and establish some habits the first few weeks...


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