Me vs. Extra Weight

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So I gained a few pounds, probably from a combination of Christmas treats and my meds (specifically the lithium), but I’m slowly starting to work it off. I haven’t been overeating, I’m eating only until I feel full, I’m trying to make the healthier choice when it comes to food, I’m trying to actually exercise.

I’m taking it slow, changing my habits. For example, I eat off of a smaller plate rather than a dinner plate so I have the illusion that I’m eating more than I really am. I’m eating better snacks, like frozen fruit bars, which are lower in calories than chocolate. I still eat chocolate, but in moderation. I also don’t beat myself up if I fail one day and eat more than my calorie allotment. I’m reminded that, because there’s a tomorrow, I can always try again the next day.

Of course I couldn’t do all this without any help. I joined a weight-loss program about 10 weeks ago. I’ve lost 5 lbs., which doesn’t seem like a lot, but slow and steady wins the race, is what the weight-loss people say because not only do they want you to lose the weight, they want you to keep it off for good.

I’m trying to learn to love my body, and I’ll be honest. It seems that I can’t accept it until it’s slimmer. I am embarrassed by the size of my belly. I even bought shapewear–something like SPANX–to compress the fat. It doesn’t work as well as they showed on Instagram (duh!), but it works. It’s also a pain in the ass to wear. It doesn’t roll down, but because I’m 5’1″ the waist goes practically to my armpits! I definitely don’t wear it every day. When I am finally slim, I still may not love my body, but that’s another battle.


If you feel that you need or want to lose weight, would you participate in a weight-loss program?

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5 thoughts on “Me vs. Extra Weight

  1. I think if I cared sufficiently to try to lose weight that I was prepared to put money towards I think I’d probably end up choosing some sort of dance class pass.

    1. A dance class sounds like a great idea! I’ve been wanting to try those barre classes but I have too much anxiety about doing something physical around others.

  2. I just recently started a new living healthier lifestyle for myself (04/14/2019) that is how recent. I’m all about moderation. Smaller portions, walking, eating healthier foods, no more eating past 8pm. So far, this past week I’m feeling lighter because I know I am doing what’s right for me.
    The medication is always going to be my nemesis, it helped me gain a majority of this weight, and I know it will take a long time to get back to normal, but I’m fairly patient with myself.

    1. That pretty much is what I’m doing! Here’s a good trick for portion control at home: eat from a smaller side plate rather than a dinner plate. It helps!

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