October 09, 2016

Jeans and sweatshirts

Well, Eli doesn't seem to be giving any more thought to the Quiz Bowl stuff now, so I'm glad about that! A few people commented that sometimes when things like that happen, something better may be in store for him--so I hope that's the case with this. Eli's a sensitive kid (in a good way--he has a lot of empathy for others), and I just want him to be happy and feel good about himself.

He was nervous to go to church today because his Sunday school class was going to be standing in front of the congregation to sing and recite some Bible verses. I went to church so that I could watch, and he did great! I think he felt good about himself for doing it, even though he was embarrassed to go in front of all those people.

It's been pretty cold here the past couple of days! Michigan weather is so odd. It was 80 degrees a couple of days ago, and now it's topped out in the high-50's. I really do LOVE this jeans-and-sweatshirt weather, though. I wore jeans and a sweater today!

Speaking of jeans, I really regret donating all the jeans that were too big on me in April. At that point, I wasn't even trying to lose weight, but I was having no problem maintaining my weight in the low-120's. Most of my jeans were way too big, so I donated them, thinking that I'd have no problem keeping my weight in the 120's. I don't know why I thought this summer would be any different from every other summer when I gain weight, but I didn't plan for summer weight gain.

And now that it's cool enough to wear jeans, the ones I have are too small. I went to the thrift store last week to get jeans that are a size up, and I only ended up buying one pair, which is what I wore today. I may need to go buy a few more, because my weight isn't really moving much (at least not nearly as quickly as it was last year). I'm sure this is due to the fact that I've been doing more than one high calorie day each week--not on purpose, but I've had a lot of social things going on lately that involve food/drinks.

I would like to get my high calorie days down to ONE per week, so that I can drop the summer weight; but, I honestly don't mind if it takes a while. That whole realization about the summer weight gain has changed my attitude toward it quite a bit, and I don't resent it anymore. Each fall, I used to beat myself up about having gained weight yet again over the summer, but this fall is different. I've been viewing it just as part of a cycle that my body has been following for several years now.

My friend sent me this quote that she's been living by, and she's very happy with her lifestyle right now (even though her weight is up a little from what she used to maintain):

That's pretty much what I was thinking of when I started losing weight, and I said I wasn't going to make any changes that I wasn't willing to live with forever. I didn't want to make a super strict weight loss regimen, because I wouldn't be happy! I knew I'd have to make some sacrifices in order to get healthy and lose the weight, however, so I chose things that would allow me to enjoy life, but get healthy at the same time.

There have been times where I've been tempted to do a short fad diet to drop a quick 10 pounds. But I know that to keep it off, I'd have to maintain that regimen... and I'm not willing to do that. I'd rather do it the slow way and still be able to enjoy life.

Wow, I wasn't even planning to write about that today, but it all came spewing out. Haha! I hope everyone had a great weekend. It went by way too fast for me!



  1. Katie,
    You always have such a wonderful perspective! Erica Sara has this necklace on her site that says "one mile at a time." That is my new mantra. Just run the mile that you are in, one mile at a time. Have a great week!

  2. Katie, I love that you said you were contemplating doing a short term "fad diet" to just get the weight you gained off quickly but stopped yourself. I have disordered eating and i struggle with that very issue all the time. The fact that you consciously chose not to do that for the rest of your life so that's not the path you want to take. That just shows how far you've come. Congrats :)

  3. Wow that quote just struck home for me. Why am I constantly beating myself up when I'm happy in my life with all other aspects at the moment. I'm still working out, eating relatively healthy and the rest of my life is going great. Why stress over these pounds that just don't seem to budge?? I'm going to save that quote to my phone and look at it when I feel so frustrated. Thank you for those words!

  4. Thanks for all of the inspiration. Right now I'm struggling with maintenance mode with the scale going up and down. This is the hardest stage of weight loss for me.

  5. I'm loving that quote, thank you for sharing. Earlier this year I was maintaining a weight lower than my current weight, and when I gained a bit I was very disappointed and harsh towards myself. But you know, if I'm being totally honest, the amount of work I had to put in in order to maintain that lower weight was not sustainable over the long term. I was working out *a lot* and tracked every calorie. I was fine with it for a while, but deep down I had a hunch that I wouldn't be able to keep this up forever. Now I work out a little less, I eat a little more, and the scale shows an extra 5 or 6 pounds. Seems kind of silly that these 6 pounds would hurt so much, right? My current way of doing things is more relaxed and enjoyable. I take care of myself to the best of my abilities and I still work to overcome my eating disorder (BED), and that's what really matters.

  6. Love that quote! I think slow and steady weight loss really is better, I know when I've tried short term solutions, I usually end up binging.

  7. Love that quote - it's the truth - a low weight does nothing for us if it's a place we got unhappily or a place where we stay unhappy to maintain it!!

  8. I'm always regretting getting rid of clothes on one end or the other lol.


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