Let’s Talk About Fat, Properties of Fat . . .

9 Feb

This is a subject I think about a lot. If you’ve only known me for a few years you may or may not know that I spent most of my life as a chubby girl and dropped about 30 lbs back in 2004. For reasons I won’t go into here, I joined Weight Watchers and got pretty serious about working out.

I managed to successfully keep all of it off until shortly after getting engaged to and moving in with Zach. We were having such a good time cooking dinner together and indulging ourselves with wine pretty much every night of the week that I proceeded to gain back around 10 lbs. Which isn’t *too* bad but still.

When we finally set our wedding date, I joined WW again but this time I signed up for the online version. There was no way I was going to those meetings again.  I started back up in November 2009 (right before Thanksgiving!!) and lost those 10 lbs by February 2010 or so. Plenty of time for our April wedding.

A wedding is the ultimate motivation. I got into pretty awesome shape, if I do say so myself. (Side note: I used to hate my fat arms so much that I would never leave the house without a black cardigan. Even when it was 100 degrees out.)  I can look back on my wedding pictures and be proud of the fact that my arms looked awesome in my strapless dress on my wedding day. I did not need a black cardigan. (Even though I fully wore one later in the evening anyway. Some habits die hard.)

So here I am, almost a year (!) later and guess what? Those 10 lbs are back. I know “they” say the first year of marriage is the hardest. Not in this house! I would even say we’ve been on our honeymoon ever since, back to the old bad habit of not giving a damn and just doing, eating, and drinking whatever we want whenever we want.

Which is great. I’m really enjoying married life. But, dude! I gained back the 10 lbs that I *just* lost?!?! Again? That sucks so much! Why did I let it slip out of my hands again?

I guess 10 lbs is my threshold. I cannot let it go beyond that. Time to get serious again. Um, especially since we’re going to JAMAICA in May for a wedding!!

So anyway, I’m back on WW. Counting points. Trying to make better choices more often. (This recipe my mother-in-law sent me the other day is probably not a good idea, right? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/bacon-cheeseburger-meatloaf-recipe/index.html)

Which reminds me . . . I think I need to go to facebook and untag a couple of pics somebody posted of me from back in college. Yikes.


10 Responses to “Let’s Talk About Fat, Properties of Fat . . .”

  1. Amy February 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Your arms definitely looked awesome in your dress. I need that secret!! That wedding in Jamaica in May sounds AWESOME. 🙂

  2. Caro February 10, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    Hey T!

    I’m so glad that you’re blogging! I love your writing style and miss your updates.

    Right there with you on yoyo chubbertons. Being petite doesn’t help, it just goes straight on. Good luck with those ten lbs. I guess it’s about making long term lifestyle changes too. Boring. I need to lose 14 lbs, maybe I’ll give it a go. *total unenthusiasm*

  3. Brianna February 10, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    you do have amazing arms!!! it is so easy to slip up, I’ve been trying to lose weight for 3 years now, but my pregnancy really put me back about 2 years. I’m back on the wagon though and have reached the point where I LIKE to workout, really weird for me because I used to hate it with a passion.

  4. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) February 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    My weight also creeps up when I’m content…sadly, I’m not always happy with my “happy weight.”

    You are so incredibly beautiful whether you’re 30 pounds more than you’d like to be, 10 pounds more than you’d like to be, or your “ideal” weight…but I understand that desire to be your “ideal” weight. Good luck with WW!

  5. Becca February 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    That is awesome! I have been thinking about signing up for weight watchers myself. My only question is around eating out. I tend to eat out a lot (lunch in my work cafe, etc). and I don’t know how that will work with weight watchers points because I won’t know exactly what I’m eating.

    • All Up In February 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      It definitely takes some getting used to. I know you’re a lot like me. We enjoy the dining out experience…food, wine, etc. It’s not too difficult to adapt WW to eating out, but you’ll be having to pick things like fish and vegetables for example, and kind of guesstimating points using the WW tools.

      I tend to plan ahead and pack my breakfast and lunch during the week. And try to eat dinner at home Mon-Thurs so I can really enjoy my weekends. You get a certain amount of “extra” points per week and you earn points for exercise. And I tend to spend those on champagne at the weekend. 😉

      • Becca February 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

        You inspired me to sign up! So far so good, the only monkey wrench being that I started two days before valentines dinner out, but other than that I have been able to eat on plan pretty easily. I’m actually surprised by how much I can eat in a day.

  6. suburbianbliss February 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    You are gorgeous! You have a beautiful smile and you looked really beautiful in your dress!

  7. elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    What a great post. You look beautiful in both pics, but I know exactly what you’re talking about; I lost 30 pounds over 15 years ago and I definitely struggled with a yo-yo of 10 pounds afterward.

  8. Mrs. JYW March 1, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    LOVE LOVE. I am right there with you girl, gained ten pounds living blissfully with the mister. You are beautiful in both photos 🙂 Good luck and teach me your disciplined ways of working out/fooding! (aka MissJYC on the bee)

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