The infamous battle of the bulge. As much as I know I have no one to blame but myself, I’d like to place some of the blame on yoga pants. Yes, yoga pants. Having recently quit my job and started my own business, my daily wardrobe has become much more casual. Translation: I have basically worn black leggings or yoga pants almost every day for the past year.
Initially, I thought that if I occasionally wore yoga or workout pants, I’d be more inclined to work out since my schedule was much more flexible. In reality, that turned into yoga pants becoming a pseudo uniform and working out becoming a pseudo dream.
When one is wearing pants with a stretchy waistband on a daily basis, it makes it easier to be in denial of any weight gain. Until… the scale at the doctor’s office. Normally, weighing in does not strike fear into the very core of my soul. However, I only weigh myself when I go to the doctor, and I hadn’t been to the doctor’s office in almost a year. I knew stepping on that scale meant shattering any final delusions I had about my recent physique changes.
It was time to face the facts. I’m almost 30 and it’s time I put my big girl pants on (not yoga pants!), accept that life will not always be ideal, and respect my body and take care of my health regardless of the stressors or curve balls life may throw my way.
Keeping It Positive
Instead of going on a self-loathing kick until I get back to my ideal fitness, I am making the executive decision to embrace my body as it is now and make a point of celebrating my positive physical attributes instead of picking myself apart every time I look in the mirror. Although I am working on improving myself, that is no reason not to continue loving myself during the process.
As an educator who is surrounded by young, impressionable minds, I strive to be a positive role model and lead by example, especially with regards to girls and women taking pride in their age and weight. Well, I can definitely talk the talk, but now it’s time to walk the walk.
Onward and Upward
Now that I am out of the denial phase and have openly acknowledged that none of my pants fit anymore, my next step is to do the research and find an eating and exercise regimen that works for me.
My goal is to develop healthier habits that I can maintain for a lifetime, not some crazy cleanse or crash diet that will make me cranky and gain the weight back as soon as I eat a carb again.
I will do a follow-up post about my findings and progress, but until then, any and all positive and healthy suggestions welcome! You can comment on this post, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.