Monday, January 15, 2007

Wanted: Extra small trunk with no junk

I'm not sure when it happened, but sometime during the first year-plus of marriage, I decided that buying bigger pants every time my ass grew a size was an acceptable thing. Because eating another bowl of ice cream is far more enjoyable than running.

I started to notice the weight gain this summer. My clothes were a little more snug than usual. But, as usual, I put off exercise until after vacation ... after Jerry's birthday ... after all the Halloween candy is gone ... after the holiday season.

Pretty soon I had put off everything except the lard congealing around my thighs. And now it's going to take some work.

Don't get me wrong, I know I'm not obese or even fat. In fact, many of my coworkers were surprised to hear that I'd gained a whopping 18 pounds since my wedding. But knowing that someone is required BY LAW to love you no matter how many peanut butter cups you shove into your maw, is a hard realization to shake.

But I've finally had enough.

BUTT, I've FINALLY HAD ENOUGH!

So I started running again. It's been five days. Five completely horrendously miserable days. Everything hurts: my thighs, my shins, my abs, my arms ... and I'm not sure, but I think even my hair hurts a little.

And I know this is the hardest part. The first few weeks where there's all pain and no gain. The only difference you notice is in the way you feel: tired, sore and in desperate need of the comfort food you're denying yourself.

But now is when I need to stick with it most. Because otherwise I'm going to have a lot more to sell on eBay. Namely my pants.

21 comments:

ajandmac said...

congrats on running. i just started again too. i found that setting tiny goals for myself actually works. like. i'll run for 10 minutes without stopping. i feel so accomplished at the end. like i just ran the Iron Man with one leg or something.

im traning for a 5k in April. it gives me something to look forward too. keep going on your quest! best,

Hannah said...

I've started running too! My boyfriend and I are going to run (or more likely walk) a marathon next January and we are trying to get in shape. Well, he's already in shape and I'm trying to catch up.

I even wrote a blog about my first day of running. You should check it out! :)

Good luck! :)

www.xanga.com/the_plainsman said...

I'm not a runner per se, but those first few weeks of starting are the hardest. Then all of a sudden, the body gets accustomed to it and it almost hurts not to run! I have to cut down on the quantity I eat, too - mostly good stuff, but too much of it. They have a 5K run through the Lincoln Tunnel (and back) in the spring and I really want to do that one -- they say the grades are a killer though!

Heidi said...

HAHA!! I know this feeling all too well! Steve and I finally bought our own elliptical, so I'm going to try to lose the 15 pounds I've gained since getting married 3 1/2 years ago!!! I'd better stick to it, because we spent a lot of money on this machine!!

Sarah said...

YAY!! Good for you! I've been putting off exercise since I got married too.... Gained 20 pounds in 2 1/2 years!

I need to start jogging after the baby is born...

www.xanga.com/nothingbeast said...

I started a diet on the 1st.

Yesterday I had lost a total of 12 lbs.

I guess being fat for 26 years is a pretty good motivation for a life-style change. :)

Melinda said...

I've been reading your blog for a little while, and I really enjoy your brand of humor. I don't have a Xanga, so I am glad you got your own site where I can say hello every once in a while.

As to the running - you are a better woman than I. Keep us posted on your progress!

ajandmac said...

ps. thanks for writing.

Chelsea said...

That's good you're getting back on track with running! I honestly can't run at all, so I use just about every machine at the gym - same results and a bit more fun!

Celine said...

When I feel the burn, it feels like I've accomplished something. Burning almost makes me feel skinnier. Being sore should tell you that you're doing something right!

Bibi said...

Hey there, just wanted to let you know youve made it big in the small town of Amersfoort (well, its a somewhat city) in the Netherlands. i dont know any of my friends who dont read your blog and crack up, you´re a brilliant writer, and i hope (we hope), that you keep doing this for a long time,
kusjes,

doglovernonestop said...

hang in there!

Sheryl said...

Good for you! I hit my limit in October. I've been doing pretty well at dropping some weight and exercising fairly regularly---though no matter how much I do it, it still seems like self-induced torture. The sad thing is I've lost 21 lbs. and nobody has noticed. I suppose that's a clue about how high my limit was.

Marina said...

If you're in that much pain, you're pushing yourself too hard. I started going to the gym last week. I'm taking it really easy (15 minutes of moderate paced running, 15 minutes of weights and whatnot). That makes it a lot more encouraging to keep going back, because you feel productive without being in a lot of pain. And you can build up over the next couple of weeks as your body adjusts. Don't think you have to go all in right away.

Anonymous said...

no pain - no gain....keep it up kelly and post ur results;it might just inspire me to work more harder in loosing weight.
- sreenitha

Asra said...

congrats on the new site--i wasn't home when you launched it, so just wanted to say that--it looks great. and props to you for starting exercise..i'm doing that too. i hate running, so i'm gonna start biking as soon as the weather is suitable.

Janice said...

congrats... yea, I had a serious weight gain when I got to college...right around my love handle area and my thighs and it took me not looking good at all in a bathing suit to realize "uh oh". But the rec down the street helps a lot...but I've been putting it off since it's so hard to get a machine since everyone in college's new years resolution was to lose weight. I'll wait till February. Then I'm totally working out to look halfway descent this summer.

Tiffany said...

I totally know what you mean! I've gained alot of wieght as well, I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been in my life.

While my heaviest would make other people green with envy, it's hard for me because I'm not used to it!

Miriam said...

When I couldn't zip my pants this morning, I realized that I, too, needed to start running again. Props to you for sticking with it and when you need encouragement- know that there's someone else out there hopping on the treadmill too.

smeeta said...

le sigh. Holidays. They make me fat.

shimajan said...

good luck kelly!