Wednesday, July 23, 2014

the fitness fight.

Fitness haunts me. True story.

I never, ever have a need to casually step on the scale, certainly not without the proper emotional preparation and definitely not after ingesting any sort of sustenance.

I become envious of the casual and easy relationship with weight I imagine other people must have.

Exactly! If I could have a super power Funny ecard
"Let's just see here," I imagine them saying before hopping onto the scale -- probably with their shoes still on.  Devils.

People like this only ever gain or lose half a pound. They could weigh themselves immediately following Thanksgiving dinner-- with a Tupperware full of leftovers in one hand and a ham hock in the other -- and their weight would be the same give or take half a pound.

I merely breathe and gain 10. This is why my relationship with the scale is much more complicated.

My scale sits in its usual spot in the bathroom, where I will be tempted to step on it at regular intervals like an OCD homeowner repeatedly checking the locks.

And when I do step on it, I rip off every possible article of clothing -- if I could temporarily donate a kidney I would -- and then step onto the scale, close my eyes, hold my breath, say a quick prayer and look down.

If I sound neurotic -- which I do and I am -- it's because my weight has been up and down (usually more up than down) for many years of my life.  Although I was a sports nut growing up, I was still quite heavy thick fluffy.  I've lost weight -- grant it, it was due to a diseased gallbladder.  Great diet.

Then I got well and gained some back.  Then lost some.  Then gained some.  Yadda yadda.  Before I got married, I had lost a good 30-40 pounds.  After the wedding, they were showing back up like unwanted guests. 

Most of this struggle can be attributed to PCOS.  It's not awesome.  Not at all.  And because of this diagnosis, it's even harder to manage your weight.  Dirty punk.

Though I feel like I've managed to maintain a consistent weight loss since March, I'm convinced those 30 pounds are waiting -- plotting, really -- for the chance to snap back onto my body if I don't actively avoid them. To this end, I often torture myself by thinking about what I'm putting into my mouth, what I'm going to be putting into my mouth or what I already put into my mouth.

I'd recently been having one of those weeks months where I thought it best to avoid the scale, as I knew it would only lead to self-deprecation. I had just come home from vacation and told myself, I would get back to hitting the gym and then weigh in a few days.
After those days were up, I gave myself an insane pep talk and hopped on to discover I had maintained....while on vacation! 

This was impossible.  We ate like beasts!  (Of course, I'm not complaining...)

The mister and I have worked hard since March to change our lifestyle rather than "diet."  It's definitely a slow process, but it's paying off!  I've lost 12 pounds so far.  If I can continue getting my sleepy self out of bed in the mornings and going to the gym, it will improve! 

I'm pumped and ready for a healthier me.  So, here's to getting fit! 
Are you on MyFitnessPal?  Let's be friends and encourage each other.
Username: ambernhank



  1. Great job on those 12 pounds and hopefully continued success! I'm on MFP also. Skinnygeekwithin :) Sending you an add!

    1. Yayy!! Glad we're now MFP friends! :) Thanks!

  2. Well done on the 12 pounds! I love that dinosaur picture. Maybe putting on Jurassic Park and doing star--jumps in the living room would be basically the same thing? xxx

    1. Thanks! :) God knows I need that much motivation sometimes...

  3. I try to tell myself that working out is like leveling up. Yoga = +2 to dexterity, etc. I don't want to end up in a boss fight under-trained!

    Course, that sometimes gets me in the mood to pop in an RPG or something, and I next thing you know my Warden is having a hell of a workout and I'm not.

    1. Ha! Great idea! Of course, my ADHD may have me in your same predicament...

  4. I also have PCOS. Yup...not awesome at all for many reasons. :/ Congrats to your weight loss so far!

  5. Congrats on the weight loss so far! But I hear you on the struggle. Just missing a couple of work outs makes me feel like I'm starting from scratch when I do manage to get into it. Sigh. I guess the trip is just not to miss any.

  6. Congrats dude!
    I'm having a REALLY hard time losing weight myself!
    I know a lot of it is because of stress, but the lack of loss doesn't help lol!
    Congrats again!

  7. I really love MFP...when I use it. I could have written so much of this post myself. I only weigh myself first thing in the morning, after I pee. If I forget and go ahead and eat breakfast, forget it. Because somehow, if I weigh myself before AND after breakfast? There's a difference, and I'd rather take the lighter number, thankyouverymuch.

    I was an athlete growing up, but still pudgy. I got in the best shape of my life last year when I trained for a half marathon, but then summer came and it was too hot to run, and then when I started training again, I came up with a herniated disc that's giving me terrible sciatica. All I can do is walk, which pales in comparison to the 1000+ calories I was burning on a long run. :/ Needless to say, I've gained a few pounds, but more than that, I lost all that muscle I had from training.