Now that I have your attention, it’s not what you think!
A few years ago I was sitting on my couch, probably eating ice-cream, when on came a Jillian Michaels’ Workout Ad for her new Body Revolution program that was guaranteed to get you in shape in 90 days. The commercial grabbed my attention and before I knew it I ordered the 15 DVD workout program.
I arose early each morning to do the routine and completed the 90 day program. By the end of the 90 days I loved working out so much I continued with it. I lost 36 lbs and numerous inches plus dropped a couple of pant sizes, it was fabulous! I was a bit overweight at the time, I am 5’2″ and I weighed 143 lbs. which is more than I should. I got down to 107 lbs. and was told by my Dr. that I should not lose anymore weight.
I bought lots of new clothes because everything was too big…boy was that thrilling!! Every night I would plan out what to wear the next day. The best part was, anything I put on fit (I know, don’t hate me) without it tugging here or being tight there, something I did not give much thought to at the time.
I continued working out for 2-1/2 years, then last winter hit! It was so unbelievably cold EVERY morning, like 18 below zero cold!!! It became too cold for me to want to get out of my warm, toasty bed to workout, so I stopped. I would workout again when it became warmer I thought, except I didn’t.
I rather enjoyed sleeping later in the morning. No worries, I’ll just take a little time off then start again when I’m ready…but I didn’t.
In addition to not working out anymore, I began to eat my favorite – chocolate, chocolate chip ice-cream every night. I ate healthy all day long. I’d have an orange juice & vitamins when I got up, drank an Ensure when I arrived at work, around 10 a.m. I ate a Nutri-Grain bar, 11 a.m. it was banana time, lunch was a yogurt, water and 3 fig newtons, suppertime was either a 4 oz. steak or chicken with vegetables. So how much could a little (1/2 pint) of ice-cream hurt?
Well apparently between the ice-cream and not working out it can hurt a lot. I gained 25 lbs…yup!
What I find most revealing is that when I get dressed in the morning, of course all my clothes are tight now and I am so uncomfortable in them it completely ruins my mood! I realize now how great it was to be able to throw anything on, have it fit comfortably and not give it a second thought.
Oh I’ve tried to start working out again, a few times. I started with Jillian but just wasn’t up for the heavy-duty boot camp routine. I tried Yoga but had to keep looking at the tv to see if I was doing the pose right, which would make my neck hurt. However, I do intend to return to Yoga because I love the whole mind, body, soul theme plus I subscribed to Yoga Journal. So once more, I stopped working out and slept in again, of course loving that option, however the pants are still too tight!
So I have finally done three things; 1) bought bigger pants so I don’t start off my day upset, 2) stopped eating the ice-cream except for Saturday nights and 3) started working out doing a 20 minute workout instead of a 35 minute one, that way I get 10 extra minutes of sleep in the morning…ha! (It’s all about that extra sleep in the morning, if only I would go to bed earlier but I don’t!)
Buying the bigger pants was the best decision. Everything is comfortable again, I’m not tugging at my underwear all day long, pulling them back into place, I’m happy again! My weight goal is now around 120. I was told I got too skinny and perhaps I did, although I liked it, but it would take a lot of effort to get there again. I’ll be just as happy with myself at 120 lbs. and in my bigger pants!
So, size matters when you want to start your day off right, get pants that fit!!! 😉