I've put on weight lately and now my favourite jeans are uncomfortably tight.
There are a few reasons for this:
1. My job is very sedentary. I'm either sitting at my desk, sitting in a car or sitting on a couch talking to patients. I'm much less physically active during the day, then I used to be.
2. I've started going to the gym and doing strength training (so its likely I've put on muscle as well as fat). 3. I've been under a lot of stress lately (increases in stress hormones, like cortisol, can lead to weight gain). My daughter got hit by a car 3 months ago and her recovery journey has been long and is ongoing. And then her bff passed away a few weeks ago. So it's really been a horrible time.
So what am I going to do about putting on weight and moving up a dress size?
Well, I will tell you what I'm NOT going to do about it!
I'm NOT going to worry about my weight. I know I'm healthy, my thyroid, liver function, kidney function, iron studies, cholesterol, blood pressure etc are all EXCELLENT. My GP has given me a clean bill of health. My weight gain has no reflection on my health status.
I'm NOT going to calorie restrict, diet, eliminate foods I enjoy, skip meals, water fast, juice fast, only drink detox tea, weigh myself, take appetite suppressants, join weight watchers or any of that stuff.
So what am I going to do?
Make sure my meals are fulfilling and I am well fed.
Continue to listen to my body. My body's appetite regulation system is far superior, in terms of knowing what my body needs, then any external rules I place on it. Plus it's totally normal for an adult body to fluctuate in weight. I trust that my body will keep my weight at a level that is good for me.
Keep exercising cos I love it and it makes me feel good.
Buy new jeans.
Pictured: Me in my favourite jeans (and Ash, Miss 11's kitten)