I’ve gained a good 5-10 pounds since the beginning of this year. Here’s why:
1) I got
kinda really lazy about working out after I graduated from college. In college, I was dancing every day and going to cardio yoga classes whenever I had free time. Once I graduated, I rarely danced or made time to practice yoga. You’d think that having more time on my hands would make me more inclined to workout regularly. In my case, guess not.
2) I started taking No-Baby Pills in March. Hellooooo, hormones.
3) I stopped being a vegetarian once I moved to South Korea because it’s pretty impossible to be one here.
If I was still living in America, this weight gain would not be a problem. I’d probably still be considered an average size, and I could just buy some bigger clothes to wear until I lost the weight gained. However, I’m not in America anymore; I’m in Korea where almost everyone is tiny: the women here average around 110 pounds, and the biggest sizes that stores carry are mediums/size 6-8 (my old size). So the fact that I’m weighing in way past Korea’s average weight for women and can’t buy clothes in the stores here makes me feel so… plus size. Needless to say, living in Korea is not good for one’s self-image.
Since fall is here and the weather is getting colder, I told myself that I need to make more of an effort with losing weight so I can actually, you know, buy some clothes here that I can fit into; I keep hearing how it’s going to be FREEZING come wintertime, which means I need to start stocking up on actual winter clothes. (I packed for California winter.)
I’ve been running about 3-4 times a week since I got back from Europe the end of August, but I haven’t seen a huge result. I know it’s only been about four weeks, but I used to be able to lose weight really easily. (I once lost 45 pounds in six months.) The fact that not much has happened with my body has made me realize that I can’t lose weight like I could when I was 21; therefore, I’m going to need to try a lot harder.
I’ve been reading a lot of Amy‘s posts about healthy eating/exercise, and they’ve really opened up my eyes to what I need to do to start seeing the numbers on the scale go down. First of all, I need to make losing weight a priority, not something I’m doing on the side or whenever I get around to it. Second, I’m going to start running 5-7 times a week and make sure I go dancing 1-2 times a week. Finally, I need to change my eating habits. Since I’ve been in Korea, I eat white rice at least five times a week; as it turns out, eating too much white rice causes weight gain, so the time has come to cut down my intake. Something else I plan on changing is eating more fruits/veggies and less meat.
These are the changes I’m making and I’m making them for good. I hope with these changes come a good amount of weight loss. Otherwise I’ll be stuck wearing my dresses and tights once December comes around which will surely cause me to freeze to death, and that wouldn’t be fun at all.