We’ve all been there: the dreaded holiday weight gain. For me, it’s actually not just holiday weight gain. It’s winter weight gain. It’s summer weight gain. It’s traveling weight gain. It’s the I love food weight gain. It’s the 5-day holiday weekend chocked full of binge eating and drinking, weight gain. I know this last one to be true because I was looking at the back of my hair with a mirror while I was getting ready today and saw my backside in all it’s glory. What was staring back at me was absolutely horrifying! Hence, ‘Operation: Vegetable’.
There are so many dieting options these days. The meat diet. The military diet. Weight Watchers (Oprah loves bread too!). Jenny Craig. Nutrisystem (It worked for Marie Osmond!) SlimFast. Healthy Systems USA (If you’ve got fat, don’t worry bout that, Healthy Systems USA). The grapefruit diet. The Michael Thurmond diet. Whole 30. Paleo. The Atkins diet. Keto. Dirty Keto. Counting macros. Counting calories. The Mediterranean diet. Cleansing. Juicing. The Skinnygirl Diet. Superfoods! Gluten free. Dairy free. No carbs. Vegetarian. Vegan. Diet pills. It’s enough to make your head spin! You’re probably thinking I’m about to give you some tips for how to not gain weight throughout the holidays. Sorry, Charlie…you’ve got the wrong blog! Head on over to Fittness-R-US for that kind of advice.
I would like to tell you that I caught myself doing a couple things recently that I’d like to stop doing. My actions got me pondering a couple questions:
1. Why do we, as women find the need to point out that we have gained weight? “OMG Ann, I’ve gained 10 pounds this year!” Chances are Ann hasn’t noticed the extra 10lbs and all you’re really doing is just pointing it out for her to notice. And let’s say Ann has noticed a little extra Jell-O in your jiggler. Ann doesn’t really care because Ann’s too preoccupied with her own appearance to give your 10lbs a second thought. Chances also are that Ann is a friend or family member and really doesn’t give a crap if you are a size 2 or 22.
2. Why do we, as women feel the need to explain what we’re eating and when? “I didn’t have time for breakfast this morning, so I’m having an early lunch.” “I’m starving!! I haven’t eaten anything all day and all I had yesterday was a carrot and some watercress!!!” Furthermore, my husband and I were on a road trip recently and this is what he ordered from McDonalds: 2 bacon cheeseburgers, 2 chicken sandwiches and a 6 piece chicken nugget. He also wolfed down a random extra breakfast sandwich that they probably just threw in the bag for good measure. Did he explain to me why he ate so much food? No. He definitely did not.
Let’s all stop doing these things. So what – you gained 10 pounds! Why ruin your day being mad at yourself for indulging in pie and mules over Thanksgiving? You’re still the same person. The only thing that’s changed is a few digits on the scale. YOU might care, but literally nobody else does and nobody else probably even notices. The most important thing is to wear clothes that flatter your figure at the weight you are right now. I promise you, that’s even more important than losing the 10 pounds. So buy a new dress and focus on getting back into those skinny jeans. Whether it takes 2 weeks or 12, you’re gonna need something to wear in the meantime.
All of this to say: there are going to be times in your life when you are thinner and times in your life when you are thicker. Nobody is perfect and life happens. There will always be someone bigger than you wishing they were your size. And when they hear you complaining about your weight, they’ll want to slap you right across the face. I know this because I have been on both ends of this scenario. It’s not true with just weight either – it’s everything. There will always be someone with better hair, better skin, longer legs, better teeth – you name it. So stop being so damn hard on yourself and focus on the good. I’ll leave you with this…in the words of Stuart Smalley, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”
See ya on the next post.
-The Chic(ish) Chick