Anyone else sporting a post-holiday muffin top?

Yes, I believe in body acceptance, a healthy but not extreme lifestyle, and all around gentleness in the way we treat ourselves.  Still, gaining weight sucks.  Fact of life, and I was most definitely not immune over the holidays.

Sure my rational mind says “Don’t worry, be happy, and maybe amp the cardio for a few weeks,” but my emotional mind says “Whaaaaaah.”

Here is what I know: It’s not as much weight as I think it is. Really only a few pounds.

Here is what I feel: Oh dear lord, I’ll never fit in my pants again.

I know: The majority of any weight I gained is water weight.

I feel: Why did I bake three birthday cakes?

I know: A little budunkadunk can be a good thing.

I feel: I’m going to go into hiding, in regard to dating, until I can successfully minimize my birthday/holiday damage.

I know: Easy on, easy off.  It will probably only take me a couple of weeks to get back to a comfortable relationship between me and my jeans.

I feel: That’s it, I should just give up now and resign myself to a life of sweatpants.

This little look into my psyche is just proof that it is totally normal to have a knee-jerk reaction weight gain.  But the key to getting back to my life before muffin top is to stick with what I know.  I’ll try to be slightly more careful with my sugar and alcohol intake in the next few weeks and perhaps take my last month with access to treadmills a bit more seriously.  Hopefully that’ll do the trick, or you know, there’s always Spanx.

Wow, my hair was puffy!

Breakfast

Green Monster: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp ground flax seed, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 2/3 scoop protein powder

Lunch

Finally done, this was the last of the white been soup!

Dinner

Salad with lettuce, roasted beets (I didn’t realize these were white beets until I peeled them, they really should label these suckers), mandarin orange slices, goat cheese, lemon vinaigrette

I did better on my home fitness resolution today, opting for the ‘Look Better Naked‘ exercise DVD from Rodale Publishing.  Great workout, expect a review sometime next week.