Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A chart can explain what I'm going through much better than I ever could in words.

10 rotten fatty pounds. That is what has consumed me over the last few weeks.
Silly, right? 
More on that here:
So, long story short, I've replaced working out with eating (which on my 5' frame, I can't really afford to do) and am eating just as much as I did while nursing, when I had an expendable couple hundred calories on my side.... no longer. While I used to work out while stressed or when anything was wrong, I no longer have that luxury and it is really frustrating to accept.

Kind of like the 10 pounds of baby weight that took me SO long to get off (like, 5 months!!) and I regained in a matter of weeks. I love food too much to go on some crazy strict diet or anything, I am just going to stick with the basics, Biggest-Loser style, and keep track of calories in vs. calories out via Daily Plate, which has worked for me in the past. Losing weight is hard, frustrating and can be really depressing, so I am focusing on the positive, like drinking more water and eating lots of good produce and MAKING EVERY CALORIE COUNT.

I am hellabent on losing those 10 pounds before my half marathon. :) I know I can do it, now that I have put my mind to it and shared my intentions with the whole known blogging world.

Anyone else have some awesome tips for me or goals for themselves for the next month???


Julia said...

i can totally relate to this. I have turned to eating WAY TOO MUCH as a stress reliever...but really it has just made me more stressed lately. I would like to lose 8-10 lbs before UV. That may be a lot to ask for but I am jumping on board and hoping to eat better and get back into my workout routines...I know I feel better when I am eating well and working out so I just need to do it! Okay...I will be cheering for you! YOU CAN DO IT!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Ruth I completely understand this cycle and I love your chart for explaining it. If I am happy I celebrate with food. If I am sad or stressed I eat to fill the void. It is a tough cycle to break.

May I honestly say that I think you look amazing! I know it doesn't matter how many times someone tells you this because you need to see it for yourself but I really do think you look great and that you are beautiful inside and out.

Best of luck girl. I would also like to lose a few lbs before UV marathon so I am totally on board with you. :)

Cheri said...


I think a lot of women go through what you are going through. BTW...you know I always tell the truth and I think you look amazing!

But, I also know you and know you still want to loose those 10 pounds, so here are some hints that may or may not work for you:

*You may have to accept the fact that you go for food when you are stressed. Go for more healthy foods. If you are a chocoholic...go for chocolate yogurt or some chocolate animal crackers...as you said on a previous post...don't deprive yourself and I add...but make wiser choices.

*If you are stressed and really want to stop the whole stress eating thing, then replace it with something like taking a quick walk (even if it around the complex)or cleaning while listening to your iPod...I don't know how practical this is with a child on hand, but it is a suggestion.

*Join a gym or use the child care center at your gym. You are not depriving your child of anything by putting him in a social situation for a while.

*Drink more water...make you (okay at least me) feel more full.

*Eat a good breakfast so you don't want to snack in the day time. I am all about oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or a protein shake.

*I don't know if this is practical, but once you are a SAHM...you may consider switching off babysitting with a friend so you/her can get a GOOD LONG workout in once or twice a week.

Hope this helps!

Stefanie D. said...

OMG. We are so similar it is ridiculous. Might I say that I would have NEVER guessed you had gained any weight! You really do look great. :)

I have been struggling BIG time with my diet lately. Might I add that Husbands just don't understand diest?? Seriously, the weekends are so hard because Robby is sitting there munching on peanut butter M&M's and he's like, "You should eat some!". And then when I say no, he is like...WHY???? Grrr. Then I feel guilted to eat them...

I always reward myself with food. It doesn't matter what it is...I eat. Why is food so comforting??? I need to retrain my brain when it comes to food....and stay away from Kneaders. LOL. That place is so GOOD, but it's the devil for a diet!

I swear ONE of these days I won't leave you a comment that is as long as a novel. ;)

Bianca said...

Ruth! I have been thinking about you having the blues-and have been meaning to comment and say hi:)
I loved that flow chart so much- and you can tell from the commenters above, (and really everyone who is not commenting is thinking the same thing...) food makes weird relationships. I think so much of it is cultural, and habitual, and a lot of is is real NEED, but with guilt associated with it. Honestly, I'm always 8-10 pounds heavier when I'm training, and I admire you for talking about it, but I hope you don't worry too much. Especially in the blogging world, it's really easy to do compare yourself to everyone else instead of realizing it's good to be fit and strong... and fast! You are all of those things!
I'm not just saying this to make you feel better, but you looks great. really beautiful! I about died from envy when i saw you in that tankini:)
also, your comment made my day. I'm glad someone wants to walk with me:) Maybe email me your schedule? you are busier than I am right now
...although you ARE in training mode so maybe I can push dustin and you can sprint back and forth?!
Keep your chin up. I love reading your blog- it's super honest. talk to you soon!

Have Your Way said...

Totally understand what you're going through right now Ruth. Keep chugging along, you will LOSE those 10 pounds. I know you can!! Keep training, keep eating healthy and it will happen :)


Missy said...

First of all Ruth, where the heck is this 10 lb weight gain, you are tiny girl! Just make sure while you are counting your calories to get the proper nutrients.
Also I know that you see the weightgain..it's the same for me, I'm built small but I can always tell when I gain weight but no one else can. But you have to do what makes you happy and just get out of your rut and start walking with Baby D if you can't run. You can do it! I have faith in you cutie pie!

Jamie Whittingham said...

Coming from an older Mother of 4, I think you start with not letting that cute little boy be in control of sleep. I am a firm believer in schedules and let him fuss and get himself to sleep. He is at the age you should be able to put him in his bed, say good night and walk out the door. A good nights sleep is so important to your health and daily happiness. So if you work out his sleep then everything else falls into place.
About the 10 pounds-no one had sympathy for me! "Don't expect to be your pre pregnant weight" they say. But you look great and so just keep running. Lack of sleep can make you gain weight also. I know all these things are easier said than done. But I recommend letting Baby D cry it out now cause pretty soon he will be climbing out of his crib. Then you might as well forget it.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Um, you don't have 10 lbs to lose unless you gained it since the last time I saw you at PF!?!?! I totally understand though....when I am tired I turn to FOOD and any other emotion I have, I turn to food. LOVE YOUR CHART....we are so alike!!! Students thinking you are prego again...hilarious! Yay for PM workouts...let me know if you ever want to go to a spin class or anything together!!!

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