Last spring I was working out six days a week and tracking calories. I was at the lowest weight I had been since early high school. Not only did I look good, but I felt great as well! I was so proud of how far I had come and I vowed to continue to lose weight (or at least maintain). Unfortunately, I got lazy.
My husband and I have a joke that I like to reward myself for weight loss with a big ol' piece of cake, therefore sabotaging my weight loss. I was slowly but surely gaining some weight back around my July birthday. Once the end of September rolled around and I started classes more-than-full-time at Portland State...I was screwed.
Again, I blame leggings.
You see, college kids these days tend to wear yoga pants and black leggings on the daily. I, of course, wanted to fit in. My favorite jeans somehow got shoved in the back of my closet and I became one of those girls who wears leggings as pants (oops).
During finals week Fall term, my first term back in college, I was particularly stressed. My sweet husband (boyfriend at the time) offered to get me a sweet treat from the store. I requested some oreos.
Then I ate the whole pack in two days. That's a lot of calories, you guys.
We now refer to this event as "the oreo incident".
Fast forward through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, my Vegas elopement, and another stressful finals week and here we are at present day. Unfortunately, I gained all that hard-earned weight loss back. One day I tried on the pair of jeans I bought last Spring and wore all the time and they weren't even close to buttoning.
Something had to be done.
Unfortunately, I was in a really horrible mental place. I was constantly focusing on the ten pounds I had gained back instead of the 35 I was still away from my highest weight. I had zero motivation and a lot of frustration. So I just kept wearing leggings.
My sweet husband claims he didn't even notice the weight gain, but finally I got fed up with it. I've been focusing on clean eating and 30 minutes of cardio a day. I haven't been perfect, but I think I've finally found my motivation and am ready to stick with it and get back to where I was!
Obviously this story really isn't about the leggings, it's more about the crutches in our lives. It's too easy to stay in denial about our health. I hear constantly from people that they're choosing to ignore the chemicals in the food they're eating. It blows my mind that people would rather live in unhealthy ignorant "bliss" than make changes.
I spent too many years putting crap into my body and not working out. I've been overweight and I've been fit. Trust me, fit is worth it. It can be hard for some people to give up soda and fast food. It's hard at first to buy and eat clean foods and go to the gym to do cardio, but it is SO worth it.
Get out of denial, people! Leggings are cute...but they certainly bring out flaws. Fast food tastes good...but it does nothing for your health. Being in denial about the changes you need to make health-wise may be "easier"...but it will have major long-term effects.
Here's to health! I'm thankful that every day is a fresh start and I don't have to repeat the mistakes I made when I was younger.
Again leggings are cute...but I'd feel a lot more cute in a smaller size. Whatever your fitness and health goals are, I encourage you to identify your crutches and weak points. That's the only way you'll overcome them!