Here’s a riddle to start your week out. What two things are super awesome parts of my life but at the same time are wreaking havoc on my hips and waist line? Come on, let’s hear your guesses!
Uh uh, not that.
Love & Craft Beer
Yep guys, being in a relationship in which I feel 100% comfortable and satisfied has led to the dreaded “my pants feel a bit too tight” issue. Though it is a bit disheartening that Matt is somehow losing weight while I find it, I really can’t blame it all on him. Ok, I really can’t blame any of it on him. If I’m really being honest here, it really should just say love OF craft beer.
Love & Craft Beer Love of Craft Beer
Craft beer might just be my Achilles heel. And I truly think that poor Matty got pulled into the blame only because his arrival in my life coincided nicely with me picking up my first IPA. The growth of our relationship has been paralleled by my growing love for all things craft. The IPAs found that they were being kept company by stouts and porters. The next thing you know, things started to get a wee bit crowed as other ales and lagers were added. And by crowded, I mean the room I have to button my pants.
The point of this post is, one, to call myself out. I’ve prided myself for years on maintaining the same weight I was at just after high school. And now that I’ve seen that number topped with 9 pounds (8.7 to be exact), it’s time to stop the insanity. Two, while I don’t have the excuse of child birth to fall back on, I do need to admit that I’m in my 30s and guess what, the body is just not going to take the abuse it once did without showing it. And finally, it’s a bit of reality statement for those out there who think that just because someone has a degree in exercise science or worked as a trainer for years, they have it easy or aren’t prone to their own set backs. I’ve kept my workouts going strong (while slipping a bit more than I did previously because Matty is an enticing snuggler at 5:15 in the morning), but it’s time to get this nutrition thing back in check. Knowledge doesn’t necessarily equal adherence. And they don’t provide a special shortcut to willpower with degrees and certifications.
So here is the plan:
- No beer during the work week. Sorry Melissa, the whole “it was a stressful day” racket just isn’t going to cut it as a excuse for your desire to buddy up to a growler bottle that will likely equal you drinking two pint glasses full.
- Pacing. I don’t drink beer for the buzz (odd sounding, I know) and while many of my favorites are high gravity, I don’t tend to get drunk when we go out. So the normal pacing I would impose upon myself with liquor hasn’t been there. There hasn’t been any “one drink/one glass of water” strategy going on. Therefore, a night at the bar can mean 4-5 beers. If I’m in a dark beer mood for that night, that could equal around 1,375 calories! Simple math tells us that this isn’t going to do my abs and ass any favors. So the new rule is one glass of water between beers. Either this will slow me down or the fact that I need to make 15 bathroom visits will keep me busy.
- Curb those portions. Beer isn’t the only thing that should be blamed here. We’re foodies. That means many of our weekend plans revolve around seeking out the best Atlanta has to offer in food. Newsflash for anyone who thinks Atlanta doesn’t have an insanely amazing restaurant scene, it does. This city has an abundance of wonderful places at which to dine. And because the restaurant has been the focus of many of our trips, I feel the need to try way too many things. Also, living with Bee for an entire year skewed my idea of portions. He would load his plate up and I would end up walking away with far too much for a girl to be eating in one sitting. Even when you eat super healthy, the amount still matters. And I need to start checking in with myself on the difference between “hungry” and “wanting to have a mouth party”. Two different things.
- Accountability. I’m putting it out there for all to see and therefore I’ll be accountable to someone else besides myself. Even if that someone is the wide expanse of the internet, it’s out there. I’m a goal focused gal and merely putting it in writing and showing it to someone else will make this much easier for me.
Now, for anyone reading this who says, big deal, you’ve gained a measly 9 pounds, well it is a big deal to me! And my thoughts are that if we wait until we’re buying a new size or feeling completely out of control, we’ve waited too long. I recognize it’s an issue and will be saying so long to these pounds. A closet full of designer jeans and my sanity are at stake!
Let’s end on something that is much more fun and is a calorie free source of enjoyment in my life, music!
Songs that pushed me through this morning’s workout:
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun Can’t get enough of this new album.
Eating: Brussel sprouts and a veggie burger.
Reading: The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez
Random fact: I find it a bit ironic that I’m posting this the week after my Happy IPA Day post. Ok, I guess that really isn’t ironic; it’s just a sad, sudsy coincidence.