Confessions from a Personal Trainer: I gained 10 pounds

Where every Tuesday: I confess.

Confession: I gained 10 lbs.

Nope, it’s not muscle. Yep, it’s fat. From the time I got home from World’s Toughest Mudder (middle of November) to today January 5th I have gained damn close to 10 lbs.

Hmmmm, no wonder my spandex pants feel tight and weird. Makes sense why I haven’t slept as well. It explains why I feel stuffed up and have weird mucous things in my nose. And let’s not forget those intense sugar cravings I have every day now.

And the best part is, I knew it was happening, but I kept eating those amazing sugar cookies one right after the other (followed by fudge and other sugar laden carbs).

Why? Oh, it was the holidays. Oh, I just did World’s. Oh, I will eat healthy tomorrow. Oh, I better finish off all the treats in my house so they’re gone. Oh, I won’t gain weight.  Some might say I employed the “screw it” factor or the “you deserve it” factor.

Does any of this ring true for you? 

But, I STILL LOVE MYSELF. I’m not full of hate for what I ate (it was damn delicious), how I acted, or have hate and loathing about myself or my body. I only jumped on the scale today to have a reality check so I could move forward. For so many years the holidays brought me so much anxiety about how many pounds I would gain and how ugly I would look and feel that I could hardly enjoy the food or the company.

I’m not panicking, I’m making a plan. 

I’m not panicking about losing those pounds because I know they will come off. What I am looking forward to is feeling like my best self again. So, I’m back to grocery shopping and meal planning. I will no longer have cookies and treats in the house. My exercise will go back the normal routine. I WILL increase my water intake because I have let that slip.

  • I am going to get really excited about my performance goals for 2016: finally getting a pull up (or two), climbing a rope, increasing mileage at World’s Toughest 2016, and so much more.
  • I am going to get excited about trying new smoothies, soup, learn to make homemade bone broth, and so much more.

I heard someone say that guilt is a useless emotion. And it truly is. What does it serve you to feel guilty about what you ate? Or how many pounds you put on?

What I really feel is MOTIVATED. Motivated to kick butt in 2016.

What about you? What are your plans for 2016? Last week I asked for the top 5 things you were most proud of and I got some awesome answers back.

Now that you’ve had a week to think about it, I would love to know.

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